When it comes to popular eateries and attractions, it can be difficult to know which spots truly live up to all the hype. Thankfully, Michigan is home to a large number of well-known restaurants that are truly in line with their famous reputations — and you’ll want to experience them for yourself.
1. Legs Inn (6425 North Lake Shore Drive, Cross Village)
If you’re craving traditional Polish cuisine, look no further than this charming eatery. Long-time patrons swear by the service and selection at Legs Inn, and it’s even unique enough to be included on the National Register of Historic Places!
2. Marie Catrib’s (1001 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids)
Venture to Grand Rapids for a truly rewarding dining experience. Marie’s prides itself on fresh ingredients and amazing options for diners with all sorts of dietary restrictions and specifications. Our personal favorite? The Vermaire, which features cranberries, cream cheese, and grilled chicken. Yum.
3. Golden Harvest Restaurant (1625 Turner St, Lansing)
There’s no place quirkier than Golden Harvest, which often has a long line situated outside while diners wait to be seated. Its popularity is no surprise, though: the unique menu options and bizarrely wonderful decor have impressed diners for years.
4. Fleetwood Diner (300 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor)
If you’ve never checked out the Fleetwood Diner, you’re in for a one-of-a-kind experience. This tiny eatery is always full of colorful characters and friendly faces, but its food is its main appeal. Make sure to order the Hippie Hash!
5. Slows Bar BQ (2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit)
This Detroit eatery serves some of the most delicious BBQ and meat dishes in the entire state. Whether you’re enjoying a famous Yardbird sandwich or chowing down on beef brisket, you’re sure to leave satisfied.
6. Lehto's Pasties (1983 US-2, St Ignace)
It’s impossible to visit the Upper Peninsula without trying at least a pasty or two, and Lehto’s has you covered. This family-operated pasty shop might be small, but its food packs in plenty of unbeatable flavor.
7. The Gandy Dancer (401 Depot St, Ann Arbor)
Located in a converted railway station, the Gandy Dancer is an iconic Ann Arbor eatery that offers a full dining experience. Sit among beautifully decorated woodwork, enjoy a fine meal, and let yourself be swept away by its regal yet warm atmosphere.
8. Lafayette Coney Island (118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit)
Detroit is the home of the coney dog, and many people regard Lafayette as the original birthplace of this delectable Michigan treat. Lafayette lives up to its reputation, and you can’t leave the Motor City without indulging in a hearty coney dog or two.
9. Zehnder’s (730 S Main St, Frankenmuth)
Most Michiganders have heard of Zehnder’s, and it certainly lives up to its famous name. Stop in to appreciate Frankenmuth’s Bavarian culture, chat with friendly locals, and chow down on a filling chicken dinner.
10. Trattoria Stella (1200 W 11th St, Traverse City)
This beloved Italian restaurant will blow you away with its flavorful dishes and absolutely lovely atmosphere. The best part? Its food is created with a farm-to-table approach, so you can rest assured that you’re being served the freshest ingredients possible.
11. Zingerman’s Delicatessen (422 Detroit St, Ann Arbor)
No trip to Ann Arbor is complete without a stop at Zingerman’s. For generations, University of Michigan students, Ann Arbor residents, and visitors alike have sworn by the incredibly unique sandwich options at this deli. Pro tip: pick up some of the pretzel bread. You’ll never be the same.
Did we leave one of your famous favorites off this list? Tell us in the comments!