Michigan Attractions, Small Towns October 28, 2016
10 Hometown Restaurants In Michigan That Will Take You Back In Time
Are you both a history buff and a foodie? Luckily for you, Michigan is home to plenty of restaurants that can satisfy both of your interests. Whether you’re searching for a home-cooked meal that reminds you of your German heritage or craving a traditional Greek gyro, look no further than this list of hometown restaurants in Michigan that pride themselves vintage charm.
1. White Horse Inn (1 E High St, Metamora)
This inn’s original building was constructed in 1848 and eventually served as a resting stop for travelers who passed through town on the Michigan Central Railroad. Today, it offers a modern take on traditional comfort food and features a unique equestrian design — in homage to the stagecoach.
2. Vintage Tavern (103 Michigan St, Port Huron)
This restaurant’s historic charm is right in its name. With decor that pays tribute to the 1800s and a full range of food and spirit options, you’ll add it to your list of favorites in no time. During warmer months, enjoy a drink on the roof deck overlooking Port Huron.
3. deBoer Bakkerij & Dutch Brothers Restaurant (360 Douglas Ave, Holland)
This beloved bakery and restaurant in Holland is a fourth generation family-owned business that serves delectable and authentic Dutch cuisine. Indulge in a traditional pastry or settle in for a full meal served by the eatery’s warm and friendly staff — either way, you’ll be back for more.
4. Heidelberg (215 N Main St, Ann Arbor)
This charming eatery in Ann Arbor will make you feel like you’re smack dab in the middle of of old-world Germany. Enjoy a boot of beer in the basement bar or taste one of many traditional German dishes while appreciating the authentic decor.
5. Chamberlin’s Ole Forest Inn (N9450 Manistique Lakes Rd, Curtis)
This beautiful eatery is tucked away in a 19th century home overlooking Big Manistique Lake. The menu features a wide variety of seafood dishes and hearty dinner entrees to enjoy. Wine-lovers will be thrilled with the inn’s extensive list of beverages.
6. Brownstone Inn (E4635 Michigan 28, Au Train)
This restaurant is a must-visit on your next trip to the Upper Peninsula. The building itself is full of hand-crafted decor, salvaged items from across Michigan, and a storied past. During your visit to this family-owned establishment, enjoy a fresh whitefish dish among great company.
7. Pal’s Diner (6503 28th St SE, Grand Rapids)
This Grand Rapids diner is like something out of a 1950s movie. Its pastel decor and menu of classic burger and milkshake options will leave you utterly charmed. For a few dollars extra, you can even have your meal served in a box shaped like a vintage car — talk about unique!
8. Old Hamlin Restaurant (122 W Ludington Ave, Ludington)
Head to downtown Ludington for a taste of Greek cuisine at this local favorite. Old Hamlin Restaurant has been serving up tasty dishes since 1942, and its menu holds strong to this day. Its inviting atmosphere will make Old Hamlin one of your favorites in the Mitten State.
9. Legs Inn (6425 N Lake Shore Dr, Harbor Springs)
If you’re a fan of Polish food, look no further than Legs Inn in Harbor Springs. This eatery sits in a stone building from the 1920s and is actually a designated State of Michigan historical site. Try an order of potato pancakes or kielbasa as you bask in the warm atmosphere of the inn.
10. Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant (1549 Glendale Ave, Petoskey)
During your next visit to Petoskey, make a point of stopping at this beautiful inn and restaurant. The eatery features period-appropriate decor and a broad menu that will satisfy your hunger pangs. Enjoy an order of lamb or seafood as you imagine that you’ve stepped back in time.
So, there you have it: 10 delicious spots to appreciate history as you dine. Are any of your favorite hometown restaurants missing from this list? Share your suggestions in the comment section.
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