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Friday, July 20, 2007

MTTT - Wild Bull Saloon

The Wild Bull Saloon is a lot to digest in one visit or even two. The monthly "Thirsty Third Thursday" gang visited one of Kalamazoo's newest restaurant & nightclub yesterday.

Show up at 930pm on a Saturday night and one glance around reveals a guy flailing about on a mechanical bull, people country line dancing, images flickering on flat-screen TV's, waitresses carrying out steaks on platters, and people all around downing beers and martinis.

The emphasis is certainly the nightclub aspect of the place, but when you focus on the food, I discovered the fare can stand on its own. The MTTT's recent visit to the Wild Bull may not have been perfect, but it did reveal a food quality that would draw me back for more visits with my friends. My "spicy" french dip was delicious. Lindsey also ordered the same sandwich and thought it was very good. Cheryl's pork chops were tender and juicy. Liz didn't care too much for her potato skins. John's sampler platter of ribs and and sandwich were gone before we knew it. The only thing left was four rib bones.

Of course, our eyes were pinned on the mechanical bull. Since we were there shortly after work, there were a lot of families since kids can ride free. The guy running the bull ride was nice and showed the kids how to ride. None of us were brave enough to ride the bull, but it was fun to watch everyone else. Liz participated in the line dancing lessons that were offered.

The Wild Bull is huge, with five eating areas and three bars, making it easy to get drinks no matter where you sit. Whether or not I would go back depends. I would go back for dinner and eat in the Cantina area where it seemed a little bit more relaxed. Unfortunately, the place is extremely loud and we were all horse from hollering at each other to carry on a conversation. I certainly have no desire to go later in the evening on weekends since I don't care for country & western music, plus it is filled with college-age kids.

Next MTTT is our 2nd Anniversary Celebration at Bell's Brewery.

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