Serves meat, vegan options available. Has a few vegetarian options such as tofu scrambles, a veggie burger, hash browns, and maybe vegan bread. Some dishes can be made vegan upon request. Note that some breads are not vegan. Casual setting, seat yourself. Open Mon 8:00am-9:00pm, Wed-Sun 8:00am-9:00pm.

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21 Reviews

First Review by mdethier


Points +442

08 Oct 2023

I wanted to like this place!!

Stopped here a couple of times during my Western Michigan University days and tried several items…. None of them wanted me to get them a second time. Always appreciate having options but this place just did not do it for me.


08 Oct 2023

Itlease you stayed honest about the experience it's appreciated!



Points +20

24 Aug 2022

Meat in “vegan” food

Visiting after some years of living in New Orleans and am shocked how little Kalamazoo has to offer in terms of vegan food. Came here and am shocked and disappointed. Not only has the food declined since I was last here and the prices are a bit high when it comes to what you get and how much, but I ordered an item clearly marked under “vegan” — meaning patrons are going to trust it’s vegan, perhaps with allergies or personal/spiritual beliefs or any number of things — and my fries were strewn with several bacon strips. The fries also mostly had those black rot spots and weren’t even edible. Made my stomach turn.


Points +34

29 Jun 2022

Good atmosphere, great vegan options, relaxed pace

Awesome atmosphere, nice waitstaff, great flavors, no up charge for extras

Pros: Good vegan options, Affordable, Great flavors

Cons: Slow paced service, Hard to find parking


Points +31

Mostly Veg
15 Feb 2021

Great brunch!

Excellent vegan food and service! Curbside pickup- had one of the tofu scrambles- delicious!!


Points +69

14 Feb 2021


My husband and I got the Queen Ann's Revenge for a Valentine's Day brunch. We subbed tofu for the egg, and got avocado on the side. Delish! We also got veggie sausage (though after reading reviews I now realize that I should have made sure it was vegan).

Pros: Great staff, delicious food

Cons: No clear separate VEGAN menu.


Points +58

29 Dec 2020

It’s okay for what they offer

It’s nice they have vegan options! Their food is okay. Lately I’ve found that things are a bit too salty and found out that the fries are cooked in the same oil as their bacon.

Pros: Vegan options on menu

Cons: Fries are not vegan


Points +433

03 Dec 2019

Nice to have vegan options

The menu offered several vegan options. I had the tofu stir fry, which was okay. The wait staff was not helpful at all when I asked about their options, my waiter even replied with “sorry I hate vegan food I can’t help you”. He did tell me the fries weren’t vegan but didn’t elaborate on why. The atmosphere didn’t seem very welcoming and overall I had an okay experience. Good food but doubt I’ll come back.


Points +729

05 Sep 2019

One of our few regulars

We love love love the unique food and atmosphere here! It’s cute and personable and has a huge variety of vegan options (about half of their menu). Our favorites are Queen Ann’s Revenge and Heuvos Rancheros, we substitute tofu (organic!) for the egg, it’s filling and phenomenal! They also have house made breads, when lemon poppy is in season I buy a loaf to go! And the have locally made coffee! I would love to give five stars!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Personable and cozy, Local and organic options

Cons: A long wait if you go during a typical meal time


Points +437

18 Jul 2019

Good option in Kalamazoo

The place: very cute, great vibe, no alcohol.
The service: friendly, fast, not very knowledgeable.

My birthday came while I was visiting a family member for a health emergency,
so at night we tried to put together a little birthday thing in Kalamazoo. Found this place mentioned in the Vegan Kalamazoo group, and it was definitely a decent place to drop in on.

Several vegan sandwich options, of which I got the Mast—a pesto & caper deal. Surprisingly excellent! The omnis loved theirs too, for what it's worth.

Unclear labeling on the menu made ordering harder than necessary. Only entrees were labeled, so asking about sides and other things involved asking the waitress a question, the waitress going back to the kitchen to ask, then repeating the process with the next question.

The coleslaw turned out to be vegan, but it wasn’t labeled on the menu, so it didn't occur to me that it might be. So I ordered what turned out to be a pretty unprepossessing salad while my family members ordered the slaw, which turned to be VERY good, and a much better choice. (In retrospect, it makes me a bit nervous that no reviews mention the slaw, so I would double check when you order). Also, no V desserts…too bad for a birthday meal, or we would all have ordered something.

Current menu does not seem to be available online, making prior research hard.

Pros: delicious sandwiches, fast & friendly, good range of options

Cons: poor labeling & knowledge, no vegan desserts


Points +106

22 Dec 2018

fave place to eat in kalamazoo

lots of vegan options and a friendly staff. the atmosphere is pretty cool because it’s on the second floor of the building and they sell local art. highly recommend the vegan reuben and the black bean burger.

Pros: lots of vegan options, reasonable prices, friendly staff


Points +139

29 Jan 2018

Great late-night spot

I went at midnight on a Saturday and had a great experience at Crow's Nest. The restaurant had a really cozy atmosphere and the staff were friendly and helpful.

I got the Kzoo Tofu Stir Fry, which was really tasty. I can't wait to go back and try the sandwiches. I'd recommend visiting this place when in Kalamazoo.

Updated from previous review on 2018-01-29

Pros: Nice vibe, Great food, Open late on weekends


Points +42

31 Aug 2017

Overall great experience

Great experience! Went with 3 non vegans and and another fellow vegan and everyone left very happy. I had the mint mocha with soy while waiting and the cafe staff was careful to ask whether I wanted whip (no thanks) because I asked for soy milk. Tasted delicious and I have a feeling I'll be craving that again soon. I had the Queen Anne's revenge scramble with tofu, again staff was careful to make sure the toast I got was dry. The only change I would suggest is that there'd be less oil/grease on the scramble and potatoes, and more sweet breakfast options for vegans like French toast or pancakes, but it was still welcome comfort food regardless. I hope to be back soon!

Pros: Specific vegan menu, vegan pastries, attentive sta


Points +337

22 Apr 2017

Favorite place to eat in Kalamazoo

Best thing about this place is that you can replace any egg scramble with tofu and any meats with vegetarian (not vegan!) Sausages. And they have a section of just Vegan items. The waitstaff is very accommodating.

Cons: Sometimes a long wait for a table.


Points +38

14 Feb 2017

The best Veg experience around

Don't worry about some of the older reviews saying bad things about Crow's Nest. It's got fantastic vegan options and great wait staff in an intimate setting. Waits can be long particularly on weekends, but it's definitely worth it. Much of the menu is vegetarian with several vegan options in a separate category, and there are lots of options for substitutions. The quality of the food is fantastic. I've never had a bad experience here.


Points +39

29 Oct 2016

My favorite VEGAN spot in Kalamazoo!!

The description above NEEDS to be changed! They now have an entire vegan section on the menu that has 7 or 8 items. In addition to that, there are plenty of vegetarian options. This is probably one of the best spots to dine vegan in Kalamazoo because they make it SO easy. They have everything from veganaise to vegan cheese. It's not one of those places that just adds one vegan option calls it good. Its a must-try!!


Points +5618

22 Nov 2011

Vegan Paradise in Kalamazoo

This is one time I'm glad I DIDN'T read the reviews before I went. This restaurant must have given itself a complete veggie overhaul in the last 6 months. The menu is now loaded with vegan options and is bursting with vegetarian choices. The tables are now perfectly spaced (if you've read any of my other reviews, you know crowded tables are one of my pet peeves). Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and our service was top notch - better than what I've had in many gourmet restaurants.

The Crow's Nest makes my list of the Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Michigan. You can get any of the breakfast scrambles made with tofu instead of eggs (and if you don't see any you like, you can design your own!). You can get any burger made with a vegan black bean burger. Their veggie wrap and sandwich selections contain many vegan options including a Vegan PB&J! They are so vegan-friendly. If you want something made vegan, just ask and I'm sure they'll do it if it's possible.

If I was going to be super fussy, I'd point out the only thing they didn't have was a vegan french toast or pancake option. I did not try their breakfast sausage b/c it is vegetarian, not vegan. Lightlife makes the best sausage in the universe - GimmeLean "Ground Sausage Style" - and it's vegan so maybe they can upgrade to a vegan sausage. But all of this is nit-picking. This place rocks. By the way, we were there at 4pm and could still get breakfast! I love that.

If you're traveling on I-94, take a break from the interstate and give this a try. From I-94, take exit 76 for Westnedge Ave NORTH and it's 3 miles down. Note that after two miles, Westnedge becomes one-way so you get kicked onto Park St which parallels Westnedge. Just hang a left on Vine St then another left on Westnedge to swing back around.


Points +44

07 Jun 2011

Cozy and busy!

I've been here several times and it is always a happenin' place. Sometimes I have waited on hour to sit (it was worth it!) and others I have walked right in. They have a page on their menu devoted to veggie foods and all of which have been good that I have eaten. It's a good place to take omnivores and veggies as there is a big selection. Service can be really slow, but the food has always been great when I have eaten there. Now that smoking in restaurants has been banned in Michigan, I'd recommend this place! Sure the tables are a bit awkwardly close to one another, but it's a cozy feeling and worth checking out!

Pros: Food

Cons: Slow service


Points +21

04 Feb 2011

An unpleasant experience

The layout of the restaurant is something between "intimate" and "awkward," most notably in the unusual position of the rest rooms right next to the food service and dishwashing area. The selection of vegetarian items was good; unfortunately they were out of our first few choices of items, even basics such as veggie patties. Our food took over half and hour to arrive, during which time we received one coffee refill but no others; although not a large restaurant, it was certainly big enough to need more than one waitperson during the dinner shift. We were disappointed in most of the food; scrambled eggs were brown and overcooked, while the hash browns were more like undercooked hash "whites." French fries were also mostly undercooked and soggy; however the sandwich was grilled well, and the seasoned tofu tasted good. Given the location, slow service and overall value for money, I can't imagine choosing this restaurant again when in Kalamazoo.

Pros: Good selection, Reasonable prices

Cons: Very slow service, Poorly prepared food


Points +143

15 Nov 2010

favorite breakfast place!

Hah, I ate there today! Whenever friends come to visit, this is the place I suggest for breakfast. It's the only place in town that I know of with delicious vegan breakfast options. Ok, they have one, the thai tofu stir fry, but it's amazing. Any server I have asked questions to has known right off the bat what the ingredients are of any menu item. That is one of my pet peeves, servers who need to ask. Know your trade! Not here though. Their vegan burger I think is Morning Star. So take that or leave it. I'm not positive though. I asked a long time ago (1-2 years) and I'm fairly certain that's what they said but they may have changed it by now.

They'll do anything for you to make you comfortable. I like that. I like that when I say I'm vegan, they know what it is and can easily help me pick out a menu item. I have been going here for years, even before I first went lacto-ovo. I have eaten there as a meat eater, as a lacto-ovo (try their grilled cheese w/tomato basil soup!) and as a vegan and I'll continue going there.

Pros: friendly service, fantastic atmosphere, modestly priced

Cons: no vegan denotations, limited vegan options


Points +126

30 Sep 2010

Great food, Great place

We've been there with our vegetarian children a couple times and once for a date. The service isn't fast, so don't go if your in a hurry but the food is fantastic and there are a lot of Veg friendly options. They are above the 4th Coast Cafe coffee house so for desert I highly recommend having them get you a frozen mocha from 4th coast. It's a fantastic mocha milk shake.

Pros: Excellent Food, Many Veg Choices, Good value

Cons: Slow service, Some smoke smell from coffee house below


Points +38

20 Feb 2010

Excellent veg options!

Just returned from a visit to Kalamazoo and we were very fortunate to have found Crow's Nest. Vast number of choices for veggies and vegans on the menu, including sandwiches, scrambles (great sauces), sides, vegan burger, etc., as well as substitutions on other dishes. The very helpful waitress made sure that we had the vegan alternatives for entrees, breads, sides, etc., and that nothing was cooked in butter. Excellent soy/rice cappuccinos rounded out a really great meal. Sunlit upper enclosed balcony, brick walls and cozy atmosphere. Non smoking. Highly recommended.
Note: there is a discount coupon in the Yellow Pages!

Pros: Great choice, Accommodating to vegans, Open 24 hours on weekends

Cons: Tricky to find

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