Michigan is home to all sorts of delicious eateries, some of which are more popular than others. But popularity isn’t the mark of a great meal; there’s something to be said for dining at a restaurant that feels like a well-kept secret. Here are 8 awesome restaurants in Michigan that are a little off the beaten path, but no less delicious than their more well-known counterparts.
1. The Westsider (1180 Walker Ave NW, Grand Rapids)
This local gem in Grand Rapids offers a delicious breakfast or brunch menu. Try one of their fluffy biscuits paired with a Polish dish — favorites include kielbasa, skillets, potato pancakes, and waffles.
2. The Roadhouse Mexican Bar & Grille (1058 Benzie Hwy, Benzonia)
This small but immensely charming eatery in Benzonia offers fantastic Mexican food near the shores of Crystal Lake. It features a cozy atmosphere, occasional live music, and all sorts of Mexican favorites, from fajitas to fish tacos.
3. Nite Owl Cafe (11 S Main St, L'Anse, MI)
If you’re searching for a family restaurant with friendly service and delicious fare to match, look no further than the Nite Owl Cafe in L’Anse. This small eatery is like something out of a movie: charming waitstaff and lots of character.
4. Mr. Kozak’s II (321 E 8th St, Holland)
This tiny standalone restaurant offers some of the best gyros you’ll ever taste. It might be small, but its menu packs in a whole lot of bang for the buck. Build a beef or lamb gyro wrapped in delicious homemade pita bread, with all sorts of delicious toppings to make it your own.
5. Jerusalem Garden (314 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor)
This gem in Ann Arbor makes some of the best Mediterranean food you’ll ever taste. It’s a family-owned business with a welcoming atmosphere and a spectacular menu to match. Try the chicken shawarma with a side of stuffed grape leaves — you’ll certainly be back for seconds.
6. Palms Krystal Bar & Grill (1535 Pine Grove Ave, Port Huron)
Since 1936, this charming retro bar and grill has served its amazing “Chicken in the Rough” to fried chicken enthusiasts from all over. If chicken isn’t your preferred dish, try a burger or a BBQ plate or sit down for a drink at the bar.
7. Marty’s Bar & Grille (123 S Main St, Mt Pleasant)
This hole-in-the-wall restaurant offers an unbeatable $8 steak dinner and well-made drinks. Locals and out-of-towners mingle at the bar and families are welcome during the day — Marty’s has a little something for everyone.
8. Portside Inn (239 W Washington St, Marquette)
This local favorite is a must-visit on your next trip to Marquette. Generous serving sizes, friendly staff, and awesome food make Portside Inn a true gem in the Upper Peninsula. Grab a pint of craft beer to make your meal even better.
As always, there are simply too many amazing Michigan restaurants to include all of them on one short list. Tell us about your favorites in the comments section!