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For those of us who follow Southwest Michigan food review groups on Facebook (at least, those of us who haven’t been banned yet), it’s been an active few weeks…with a surprising amount of attention going to an unlikely hero, the young man responsible for giving a good name back to the previously-scorned Coloma Subway. With dozens of rave reviews on social media with descriptors like “clean”, “well-stocked”, and even “open”, it’s no wonder Michigan’s Sunset Coast residents are flocking to the newly refreshed sandwich shop. But, before you join the hordes making a beeline for Exit 39, you may be wondering: what will I do after I’ve polished off my foot-long Meatball Marinara?

Well, we’ve got some ideas for you: 

1. Enjoy a brew at Blackbird Waterhouse.

This restaurant and brewpub, snugly housed in a renovated resort, offers an elevated menu and an elegant setting – not to mention a nice selection of brews on tap. Of course, once you take a look at their rotating, seasonal menu, you may start thinking about changing your plans and eating at the Blackbird instead. It’s OK – you can always take your BMT on Italian bread (with oil and vinegar, obvs) to go. 

2. Go see a show at The Loma.

With movie tickets ranging from $4.00 to $5.50 and specials like 2 tickets for $8 on Mondays, the Loma is a great place to catch a new release without breaking your budget. That means you can splurge on the Big Philly Cheesesteak – though, with a refillable popcorn bucket at the Loma costing just $3.00 and refills just 75 cents, you’ll want to consider splitting a 6-incher with a pal and leaving room for buttery corn. 

3. Enjoy a nice glass of wine.

You’ve got plenty of options within a stone’s throw of that green-and-yellow sign. Try one of these: 

  • The Round Barn Filling Station – set inside a vintage gas station just off I-94, enjoy an outdoor beer garden, wine, spirits, a selection of sandwiches and salads, and fun merch. Pick up a bottle of Round Barn’s Vineyard Tears, a dry, fruit-forward white with .5% residual sugar, to remind you of the complex flavors in the Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki on 9-Grain Wheat.
  • Contessa Wine Cellars – with orchard views from a European-style terrace and a tasting room reminiscent of an Italian vista, you’ll be in the mood to enjoy the Dolce Vita, a sweet, non-tannic red that converts nicely into a sangria. It’s the perfect foil to the Spicy Italian sub you just finished off in the parking lot.
  • Karma Vista Vineyards –  a gorgeous setting offering tastings of limited-run wines. We recommend the ’16 Silver Award-winning Reserve Syrah. Try a glass, and if you like it, bring home a bottle to pair with your Pit-Smoked Brisket sandwich on Multi-Grain Flatbread. 

So what are you waiting for? If you’ve been considering jumping on the bandwagon and visiting the new Coloma Subway, you now have three more reasons to check it out! Make a day of it, and don’t forget to leave a review.

*Disclaimer: All snark meant in only the most well-meaning fun. I love my Subway Club!

Meagan Francis