Michigan January 08, 2018
These 9 Michigan Restaurants Serve Food So Good You’ll Swear You’re Down South
Nothing soothes the soul (or the stomach) like a fantastic serving of southern-style country food. When you’re in the mood for a fantastic meal that will immediately transport you down south, Michigan is overflowing with delicious options. Here are nine amazing eateries in the Great Lakes State that will make you swear you’re not in the Midwest anymore.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen (617 Ames St, Elk Rapids)
Want to take a trip to New Orleans without hopping on a plane? You’re in luck. Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen offers up all sorts of authentic Cajun-Creole fare in a festive, welcoming atmosphere. From delicious crawfish to jambalaya and tasty oysters, there’s truly something on the menu for everyone.
2. Beans & Cornbread (29508 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield)
This Southfield-based eatery serves some of the most mouthwatering soul food options imaginable. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be hit with the aroma of everything from catfish to macaroni and cheese. As if that weren’t enough, there’s an on-site martini bar where you can stop and enjoy a few drinks after dinner.
3. Carolina Lowcountry Kitchen (2213 Wealthy St SE Ste 120, East Grand Rapids)
Tucked away in East Grand Rapids’ charming Gaslight Village, this eatery is worth visiting for its delectable biscuits alone. Carolina Lowcountry Kitchen serves up southern classics with modern twists, offering everything from shrimp tacos to po’boys. With recently added brunch hours, there’s no wrong time to stop in for a meal at this one-of-a-kind restaurant.
4. The Southerner (880 Holland St, Saugatuck)
Settle in for a cozy and absolutely delicious meal at The Southerner, which prides itself on providing diners with good old-fashioned southern hospitality right here in Michigan. Enjoy riverfront views as you dine on shrimp and grits, farm-fresh salad, or fried chicken. You’ll never want to leave this lovely little spot.
5. Rafaynee (97 W Michigan Ave, Battle Creek)
If you’ve never visited Rafaynee, it should be added to your bucket list immediately. Satisfy your soul food cravings in the most amazing way possible with a visit to this restaurant, where you’ll find everything from ribs to pulled pork to tasty greens. With a comfortable atmosphere to match, there’s nothing not to love.
6. Lula’s Louisiana Cookhouse (113 S Washington St, Owosso)
Take a virtual journey down south with a meal at Lula’s, which sits in the town of Owosso. With an emphasis on authentic Creole and Cajun cuisine, you’ll find all kinds of unique and tasty dishes to choose from here. We recommend the fantastic fried chicken or the chopped pork sandwich, but you truly can’t go wrong with anything that Lula’s has to offer.
7. Ms. E-Vee’s Soul Food (20880 Gratiot Ave, Eastpointe)
When you’re craving perfectly prepared soul food, Ms. E-Vee’s is the obvious choice. This straightforward eatery is a favorite among locals and visitors alike for its delicious take on home cooking. You won’t be able to get enough of its fried chicken, collard greens, pork chops, and more. Is your mouth watering yet?
8. Exquisite Soul Food (3705 W Jolly Rd, Lansing)
If you find yourself in Lansing, you simply can’t pass up the chance to dine at Exquisite Soul Food. With affordable prices, unbelievably delicious soul food favorites, and hearty portions, it’s tough not to be impressed with your visit. Your cravings will never know what hit them after you dine at Exquisite.
9. Fat Cam’s at Garver Lake (25020 May St, Edwardsburg)
If you’re a fan of New Orleans fare, Fat Cam’s is so worth visiting for a meal (or three). Start your dinner off with an order of cheese curds, then opt for blackened chicken pasta or gumbo as a main course. Don’t forget dessert; with options like peanut butter pie and bread pudding, you’ll never leave hungry.
Have you dined at any of these fantastic eateries? We’d love to hear about your favorite dishes, so feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section!