It’s easy to stop at a favorite time-worn fast food restaurant when your stomach growls. But there’s something uniquely delightful about a local eatery that soothes both your appetite and your spirit. To aid in your search for that next amazing meal, here are ten beloved neighborhood restaurants in the Great Lakes State that will keep you coming back for more.
1) The Green Well Gastro Pub (924 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids)
This Grand Rapids favorite is known for its eco-friendly approach, intimate atmosphere, and wide variety of local beers. Indulge in an order of truffle fries or mac ’n cheese, or enjoy a Michigan turkey sandwich. No matter what you order, you’ll be glad you stopped by.
2) The Farm Restaurant (699 Port Crescent Rd, Port Austin)
If you want to enjoy a made-from-scratch meal in Michigan’s Thumb, The Farm is the place to be. The restaurant itself is cozy and relaxed, giving it a true “down-home” neighborhood feel. The menu is just as charming: enjoy homemade soup, Hungarian meatballs, stuffed whitefish, and a whole list of mouthwatering desserts. You’ll never want to leave.
3) Zingerman's Deli (422 Detroit St, Ann Arbor)
Zingerman’s is an iconic eatery in the Kerrytown neighborhood of Ann Arbor. Try one of their amazing made-to-order sandwiches made from a selection of pastrami, chicken, corned beef and a whole slew of delicious toppings. The restaurant also features a full-service deli.
4) Clementine’s (500 Phoenix St, South Haven)
Round out your day in this gorgeous beach town with a meal at Clementine’s, which has been serving delectable food in a charming converted bank building since the 1980s. Whether you’re in the mood for walleye, taco salad, or a good old-fashioned burger, Clementine’s won’t disappoint.
5) Steinhaus (102 W Washington St #115, Marquette)
If you’re craving German and other European cuisine, look no further than Marquette’s Steinhaus. The restaurant prides itself on using locally-sourced ingredients, and this dedication to quality certainly shows in its food. Try a plate of bratwurst or schnitzel, and wash it down with one of the eatery’s many beer options.
6) 8th Street Grille (20 W 8th St, Holland)
This downtown bar and grille in Holland has a cozy vintage atmosphere and a delicious menu to match. Try a hearty classic Grille Burger or Southwest Burger, or enjoy a bite from the extensive sandwich menu. Of course, 8th Street Grille offers a full range of local and international beers to top off your meal.
7) Bubba’s (428 E Front St, Traverse City)
This famiy-friendly restaurant in Traverse City is known for its unique selection of burgers. You’ll fall in love with the Spicy Hawaiian and the Volcano, both of which offer a fun twist on the traditional burger, or keep it simple with an All-American. Either way, you’ll leave with a happy stomach.
8) Mudgie's (1300 Porter St, Detroit)
This quaint deli and eatery is a true hidden gem in Detroit, and it’s well worth a visit. Try one of the ever-popular lobster rolls (but hurry — they're only available on a seasonal basis) or indulge in a gourmet waffle topped with ice cream. You’ll certainly be back for more.
9) Rosy’s Diner (1313 Ludington St, Escanaba)
This fantastic diner in Escanaba is owned by a mother/daughter duo who work hard to bring diners the ultimate friendly vibe. You’ll feel like family as you enjoy a meal at Rosy’s, which offers everything from homemade corn beef hash to a whole slew of perfectly prepared breakfast items.
10) Soup Spoon Cafe (1419 E Michigan Ave, Lansing)
This bright and comfortable café is known for its soup (you can even order a flight to try various flavors), but that’s not all it offers. Try a blue crab potato pancake or pumpkin bisque, or fill up with a homemade hash and omelette. Don’t be surprised when Soup Spoon becomes your new favorite spot to grab brunch.
We’d like to hear about your favorite neighborhood restaurants. Where’s your go-to spot when you’re craving a delicious meal? Share in the comments below!