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Friday, January 19, 2007

Thirsty Third Thursday (MTTT)

About 1 1/2 years ago, a small group of us started MTTT (Thirsty Third Thursday). Our main purpose is to get together on the third Thursday of every month at a different bar/restaurant. We don't do chains and we don't repeat locations, except for Bell's Brewery (which is our yearly anniversary location in August). Although we have mulled around repeating O'Duffy's for the March MTTT since it is one of the best Irish-bars in town to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

John and I have the legendary honor of perfect attendance at all of the MTTT events (but since I plan them, it's almost mandatory that I attend. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it). Lindsey & Cheryl have only missed one outing and I can always count on them to show up. Bob attends whenever he is in town (although he doesn't like to go downtown) and always invites his friend, Kenn. On any given third Thursday, we could have from 6 to 20 people show up. But no matter the number, we always have a good time.

On January 18, we chose the Hangar Bar & Grill. This is a new restaurant on the westside of Kalamazoo. "Good food matches the good looks of the new Hangar Bar and Grill," wrote the Kalamazoo Gazette Food Editor, William Wood. Everyone was impressed with the industrial look of the Hangar and its aviation theme. Enlarged black-and-white photos of air shows decorate the walls. Large model airplanes hang from the ceiling. A TV was in view anywhere our heads turned. One of the restaurant's 37 TV monitors was in the men's restroom. Several TVs were positioned in the floor.
Photo: Maddy, Pam & Liz (newest employee - started on Monday)

The only compliant was from us shorter people who thought the tables & stools were too tall. I couldn't scoot my chair in very easily without stepping down first. Cheryl even broke two fingernails when she tried to scoot in. Plus the tables are bolted to the floor, so we had to separate our group. Also, Gary was not impressed that their bar did not have a better brand of bourbon. But, that didn't bother the rest of us since we all drink beer. They had Blue Moon on tap, so I was happy.

I ordered The Tuscany ($8.95) pizza, which has spicy chicken, spinach, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, pomodoro sauce and feta, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. It was baked in a wood-fire oven and was very good and would highly recommend it.
Next MTTT - February 15 at Damon's, which is closing at the end of February.

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