Local chefs are having fun with flavor for Battle Creek’s Restaurant Week, Oct. 10-14. Whether it’s the smokey-sweet combo of goat cheese and fig jam or a creamy chocolate and cinnamon dessert, you’re going to find new reasons to eat out in Battle Creek.
Here’s the rundown: There are currently 19 establishments participating. Some are offering special menu items, while some have discounts on old favorites.
The week ends with a downtown Night Market on Oct. 14. Besides farmers and artisans at the market, there will be food trucks and live music.
Don’t know where to start? Here’s are some suggestions:
- Cafe Rica’s owners usually find flavor inspiration in their Costa Rican roots, but this week they’re looking East. The special menu includes Korean BBQ or curry tostadas, an apple cider chai and matcha cake.
- Suns Out Buns Out had people talking this summer, with unconventional flavors matching its funky art decor. They’ll have four hamburger specials, including one with havarti cheese, blueberry compote, bacon and basil aioli.
- Clara’s on the River has 10% off appetizers and desserts. It’s a good excuse to indulge in the spinach, crab and artichoke dip or Clara’s carrot cake with rich cream cheese frosting.
- Griffin Grill & Pub serves a taste of Ireland all year round, but during Restaurant Week you can try the Scotch eggs – those are eggs wrapped in sausage and fried. If you want something a little healthier, a baked salmon with honey mustard glaze will be served with butternut squash and buttered green beans.
- Torti Taco Bar & Grill is making a fancy burrito, loading it up with shrimp, fried onions, muenster cheese and covering it with a house-made chorizo cream sauce. No one would blame you, though, if you stop by just for the Mexican chocolate pot de creme, with Ghiradelli and Abuelita Chocolate folded into a custard and topped with whipped cream, cinnamon and Abuelita chocolate dust.
- FireKeepers Casino and Hotel has a third unnamed attraction: food. Running at least four restaurants and a catering service, it can be almost overwhelming to know where to start. During Restaurant Week, Smoke ‘n Fire will take $10 off the pick two – you can pick two barbecue meats, three sauces and fries with cornbread. It’s all house-made, of course.
- Lucky Rooster’s pasta is made fresh, from scratch. Give it a try with 10% off an order of spaghetti.
- Territorial Brewing Co. loves Oktoberfest, so stop on by during the week for $1 soft pretzels, which go great with a mustard dipping sauce and a pilsner.