Dining October 20, 2017
It’s Easy To See Why These 9 Restaurants Are Some Of The Most Popular In Michigan
If we were to list each and every famous restaurant here in the Great Lakes State, it would take ages. Luckily for Michiganders, there’s no shortage of terrific food to be found throughout the region — and most of these eateries draw in large crowds throughout the year. Here are nine of the most popular restaurants in Michigan that will undoubtedly have you coming back for seconds.
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1. Clarkston Union Bar & Kitchen (54 S Main St, Village of Clarkston)
2. Salt of the Earth (114 E Main St, Fennville)
This welcoming restaurant in Fennville is the place to be when you’re craving farm-to-table dining in a fantastic environment — complete with live music, friendly service, and a rustic yet cozy decorative style. With gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian options, there’s something here for everyone. We recommend trying the hanger steak, toasted s’more dessert, and a few slices of handmade artisan bread. What’s not to love?
3. The Electric Cheetah (1015 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids)
This Grand Rapids favorite is quirky in the best way possible, and you’ll fall in love with its eclectic menu and plentiful selection of unique root beer flavors. Whether you opt for a dinner of mac ’n cheese, a hot ham and cheese sandwich, or cornmeal-crusted eggplant, you’ll find yourself appreciating comfort food favorites in a whole new way.
4. Zehnder’s (730 S Main Street, Frankenmuth)
Head to the charming Bavarian town of Frankenmnuth for a meal at Zehnder’s, which has been serving up its famous chicken dinners for generations. While the food itself is certainly a major draw, diners also enjoy the authentic atmosphere of the eatery — waitstaff even don traditional Bavarian garb while they work!
5. Trattoria Stella (1200 W 11th St, Traverse City)
When you’re craving Italian cuisine, no one does it quite like Trattoria Stella. This Traverse City fixture is beloved for its farm-to-table approach, calming atmosphere, and top-of-the-line service. The restaurant is located inside a former psychiatric hospital, but you’d never know it by the soothing decor and fantastic service — we recommend the shaved leg of lamb, mezzaluna, and bruschetta, but you truly can’t go wrong with any of the menu items.
6. Clyde’s Drive-In (178 US-2, St Ignace)
Is there anything more delightful than an old-fashioned drive-in? We think not! This St. Ignace destination brings vintage American fare to life in the tastiest, most fun way imaginable. Opt for a 3/4-pound burger, an order of onion rings, or a perfectly smooth milkshake. The food is classic, the service is friendly, and the experience is second to none.
7. Pink Pony (7221 Main St, Mackinac Island)
If you find yourself on Mackinac Island, you simply must enjoy a meal at Pink Pony. This fun eatery is located within the Chippewa Hotel and keeps guests coming back time and time again with its fun atmosphere, tasty drinks, and fantastic menu selections. From fresh whitefish to an amazing BBQ pulled pork sandwich, there’s truly something here to satisfy your every craving.
8. The Vierling (119 S Front St, Marquette)
This historic Marquette destination is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a meal with loved ones. Located just off the shores of Lake Superior, The Vierling is overflowing with rustic charm and tasty selections. Grab a drink to start off, then opt for anything from a classic reuben sandwich to an order of filet mignon. You’ll find yourself wanting to stick around forever once you arrive.
9. Golden Harvest (1625 Turner St, Lansing)
This ultra-eclectic spot in Lansing is famous for its unique breakfast and lunch options, ranging from massive breakfast burritos to Cap’n Crunch french toast — and everything in between. Expect to wait for a while before finding a seat, but rest assured that the delectable tastes you’ll enjoy upon ordering will make you forget all about your time in line.
Alright, Michiganders: it’s your turn! Are there any must-visit restaurants here in the Great Lakes State that maintain their popularity year after year? We’re always eager to hear from you, so share your suggestions in the comment section below!