Posted in Michigan
March 05, 2016
8 Amazing Hidden Michigan Restaurants And Where To Find Them
Most of us are well aware of the exciting new dining scene taking shape in many Michigan cities. They’re the stuff of reality cable television programs. They inspire aspiring young chefs to launch careers in the culinary arts. And they are regularly becoming part of the national conversation about fine dining.
We’re talking, of course, about many of the cities in Michigan that have been dining destinations for years. Places like Detroit, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Ann Arbor. Thing is though, there are plenty of places that are off the beaten path some that also deserve your attention. They’re spots born out of abandoned buildings, hidden roadside gems, and in areas that you wouldn’t normally associate with foodie culture.
These are some such spots. Check ’em out.
1. Clarkston Union Bar and Kitchen
Founded inside an abandoned Baptist church, this spot is famous for its mac n' cheese and other comfort foods.
2. Flowers of Vietnam, Detroit
At first glance, this place looks like little more than your typical Coney Island diner. Check it out on Sunday nights though, and you'll find an unexpected Vietnamese supper club.
3. Harbor Haus, Copper Harbor
Head to the northernmost tip of Michigan and you'll come across the Harbor Haus. You'll be glad with your travels there as the staff are some of the friendliest people around.
4. Iva’s Chicken Dinners, Standish
This old school family-owned restaurant has been serving up deliciously crispy chicken since 1938.
5. Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub
Perhaps the last thing you would expect to find when you make your way to Tahquamenon Falls is a brewpub. Of course, once you do come across this spot, you'll be thanking us for the heads up.
6. The Den Partystore, Kalamazoo
OK, we know what you're thinking. Why is a party store on this list? Well if you've ever tried the deli style sandwiches at the WMU staple, you would know exactly what we're talking about.
7. Turkey Roost, Kawkawlin
This is one of those least expected roadside joints that features a nice variety of turkey entrees and sandwiches. Who said rest stop restaurants have to be boring?
On the outside, this place looks like little more than a fancy condo on a tiny one-way street in Hamtramck. Walk inside, though - during service on the weekends or during brunch hours on Sundays - and you'll find an innovative pop-up venue that regularly features renowned local chefs.
These spots really have our mouths watering. And the best part is that they’re not found in areas typically known for food. Tell us though, where are some of those hidden dining gems that you and your family swears by? Let us know!