If you’re a foodie and a Michigander, you’re lucky to live in a state that offers so many options when it comes to cuisine. No matter which region of Michigan you live in, there are plenty of delicious eateries to delight in. But there are a few restaurants in the Great Lakes State that simply stand out among the rest — and you’ll certainly be back for seconds. Here’s your ultimate Michigan restaurant bucket list.
1. Marie Catrib's (1001 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids)
No matter what your tastes or dietary restrictions, Marie Catrib’s in Grand Rapids will deliver the perfect option. Enjoy everything from incredible soups to unique sandwiches in a bright, artsy environment.
2. Food Dance (401 E Michigan Ave #100, Kalamazoo)
This gem in downtown Kalamazoo offers a modern yet cozy atmosphere and a variety of homestyle menu options. You can even sign up for a cooking class after you’ve enjoyed a sweet pancake breakfast or hearty salmon dinner.
3. Golden Harvest (1625 Turner St, Lansing)
You’ve never seen anything quite like this quirky breakfast and lunch joint in Lansing. While there’s often a wait to get inside, you certainly won’t be bored as you admire the restaurant’s zany decor.
4. Lafayette Coney Island (118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit)
Michigan is home to the original coney dog, and there’s no better place to satisfy your craving than Lafayette’s. There’s simply nothing quite like the first bite of that hot, well-topped dog.
5. The Cooks’ House (115 Wellington St, Traverse City)
This simple, utterly charming eatery in Traverse City is the place to be if you’re a fan of locally sourced, sustainable food. Sign up for a cooking class or simply enjoy the professionally prepared cuisine.
6. The Curragh (73 E 8th St, Holland)
Venture to downtown Holland and get a taste of Ireland at this pub and grill, which offers everything from a full Irish breakfast to an unbeatable cottage pie. Make sure to wash it all down with a pint of amazing beer.
7. Fitzgerald's Restaurant (5033 Front St, Eagle River)
This one-of-a-kind eatery sits directly on the shores of Lake Superior and offers a genuinely incredible menu. Order a steak, enjoy a beef brisket, or simply sit and sip on a unique and delicious cocktail.
8. Mountain Town Station (506 W Broadway St, Mt Pleasant)
This large, lively eatery sits in a renovated train station and delivers top-notch food to diners of all ages. Whether you enjoy a steak or a glass of wine, you’ll never leave Mountain Town disappointed.
9. Seabiscuit Cafe (7337 Main St, Mackinac Island)
No visit to Mackinac Island is complete without a stop at this charming cafe, which features a horse theme and a cool vintage vibe. The eatery is uniquely located in a historic building that once served as a bank during the 1800s.
10. Slows Bar BQ (2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit)
Are you in the mood for a hearty, flavorful feast? Look no further than the famous Slows Bar BQ in Detroit, where you’ll choose from an array of magnificent slow-cooked meats. Talk about filling.
11. Spanglish (1333 Yellow Dr, Traverse City)
Need to brighten up your day? Spanglish is the perfect restaurant for you. This cozy, charming Mexican eatery is full of colorful decor and absolutely mind-blowing menu choices.
12. Zingerman’s Delicatessen (422 Detroit St, Ann Arbor)
Ann Arbor is home to a whole slew of great restaurants, but none are quite so famous as Zingerman’s. This fame is well-deserved, though: one bite of a sandwich from the deli’s creative menu and you’ll be totally hooked.
13. The Sugar Bowl Restaurant (216 W Main St, Gaylord)
Gaylord’s Alpine aesthetic is on full display at the Sugar Bowl, which has drawn in families from across the region for years. Whether you’re an new visitor or a restaurant regular, this is the place to be for friendly service and yummy food.
14. Ambassador Restaurant (126 Shelden Ave, Houghton)
Venture north to Houghton and gather for a meal at Ambassador, where you’ll munch on pizza that has often been included in “best of Michigan” lists. You’ll leave with a full stomach and a happy heart.
15. Zehnder’s Restaurant (730 S Main St, Frankenmuth)
Embrace your inner Bavarian with a stop at this beloved eatery in Frankenmuth, which features servers in traditional garb and its well-known chicken dinner. This is more than just a restaurant — it’s an experience.
Is your mouth watering yet? Now you’ve got a whole new list of incredible eateries to visit, explore, and share with loved ones. Who knows — perhaps your new favorite restaurant is included above.