CHECK OUT some of the amazing things customers have to say about kelvin & co.
"Everything about this place is incredible. Between my boyfriend and I, we got the combo platter, jalapeño mac and cheese, cornbread, and collards. My bf takes BBQ very seriously and couldn't believe that every. last. bit of it was delicious right down to the sauces.
The ambiance was great, too. Simple, clean, decor with nice lighting; good, honest blues and classic R&B playing at a reasonable volume; and friendly staff.
In short - go here immediately."
- Ashley J., Yelp
"Had the brisket sandwich with the texas barbecue sauce and the jalapeno mac and cheese. It was amazing. Blows Barret's out of the water. The dining area was clean and the owner is a friendly guy with a passion for what he does. The food is local and everything from containers to cutlery is compostable. Will be returning soon and quite often. Try the house made pickles while your at it. 5 stars."
- Curtis C., Facebook
"Great smoked barbecue! Good flavors from the rubs and smoke but nothing too strong. Nothing is hidden in a coat of sauce like many other places do. Well worth your time for great smoked meats."
- Jon P., Yelp
"Great new addition to the downtown lunch scene. The décor is very minimal and smart. They slice it up and dish it out right at the counter so the wait is minimal. I sampled the brisket, pork, collared greens, jalapeno Mac and cheese, and cornbread. All were excellent, but in particular the brisket and the Mac and cheese were incredible. The brisket is beyond fork tender and had a great flavor. And let me just say this. I hate Mac and cheese, and yet loved theirs. That's how good it is!" - Daniel D., Yelp
"I would give 5 stars on the customer service alone! They guys that work there are SUPER awesome! But let’s talk about the food. Wow. It’s ah-may-zing. Everything on the menu is phenomenal. Go eat there immediately!" - Dee H., Facebook
"This place is legit. Those of you that know me know that I rarely eat barbecue outside of my house. The brisket here is really juicy which is hard to find at restaurants. Now to try the other meats!"
- Joe L., Yelp
"Absolutely phenomenal food! Never have had better BBQ in kzoo!" - Kyle K., Facebook
"To quote a friend "the Mac and cheese is transcendent" I love this spot!"
- Rob J., Facebook
"Delicious BBQ in Kalamazoo! I got to try the brisket, chicken, pork, greens, slaw, corn bread and jalapeño Mac and cheese.
The chicken had really nice flavor - it was extra delicious with the Texas sauce, which had a little heat.
I don't get many opportunities to eat greens, and they were great. The jalapeño Mac and cheese was one of my favorite sides - also a nice, subtle heat. Cole slaw was surprisingly different - I detected paprika, and it was pretty darn good.
Some smaller details that I want to call out ... very friendly staff, cool vibes from decor/music, and biodegradable dishware.
Will definitely be back!"
- Kristi B., Yelp
"Not only was the food amazing, I ate the brisket, chicken and ribs but the sauces were AMAZING! The owner was extremely friendly and helpful in picking items. The kitchen staff came of and asked how our food was. The best BBQ I've had in Kalamazoo in a long time. I'll definitely be back!"
-Don W., Yelp
"The meat was terrific in taste and portions. I barely needed the sauces because of how flavorful it was, even though the sauces were delicious as well. The mac and cheese was creamy. My husband had the brisket platter and I had the chicken. Very impressed and will definitely go again!"
- Samantha H., Facebook
"Had a rehearsal dinner there. The sauce was delicious but wasn't necessary as the ribs were juicy and full of flavor. They were falling off the bone. The staff was quick to clear out our plates and even accommodated our 1 year old."
- Kristen P., Facebook
"Barbecue done right. This is the only place I know that can do pork, brisket, and chicken to perfection. In fact, they do everything to near perfection.
Most bbq joints do one thing well, hiding everything with a sticky sauce. Kelvin and Co does bbq well enough that sauce is almost an afterthought. Even the chicken was tender, moist, and flavorful. The sides of collards and jalapeño mac and cheese were bright and rich, the cornbread was tender and just sweet enough. The sauces are distinct and served on the side. I had the Carolina sauce and my girlfriend had the house sauce, there is something for everyone here.
The restaurant itself is sparkling clean and inviting, looks suspiciously "foodie" from the street. Once inside, the music is blues and R and B, the staff is friendly and generous, and the aroma heavenly. If they sold beer, I'd never leave. We are spoiled for choices in Kalamazoo, but no one else does bbq like Kelvin and Co."
- Rob B., Yelp
"I picked up food for myself and employees today. It was delicious, and everyone was quite happy with their lunch. I'd definitely recommend giving them a try!"
- Matt T., Facebook
"The BBQ was delicious and not overwhelming in portion size. I had the brisket and was not disappointed!! These guys know great BBQ and I was seriously impressed by the personal service and delicious food!"
- Eric M., Yelp
"Great pulled pork sandwich with your signature sauce. Very nice atmosphere, too. Thanks!"
- Kathleen W., Facebook
"Had some of the best brisket I have had in my life! I can't wait to go back!!"
- Chad P., Facebook
"Really a great addition to Kalamazoo. Great space and solid BBQ in the tradition of your better new wave big city fast casual places. Food was very good and fresh. Prices were reasonable, but slightly on the high side.
Support this place and come here."
- Michael D., Yelp
"Glad we tried the place! A nice change change from your average eating place. We got the combo platter so we were able to try everything and glad we did. All the meats were delicious. The staff were very friendly and atmosphere was welcoming. We will definitely go back and recommend trying it out"
- Marsha H., Facebook