Food is a huge part of West Michigan’s culture, with restaurants becoming a big part of any vacation. Wherever you go, you’ll find plenty of options, but which ones are worth the space on your foodie bucket list? Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorite places to Tempt Your Taste Buds throughout West Michigan.
West Michigan Foodie Events
Come taste and relish real Dutch cooking at Nelis’ Dutch Village in Holland. You’ll find Metworst, Erwtensoup, Saucijzenbroodjes, the delicious dessert pastry Banket, and more. August also brings two big events to Nelis’ Dutch Village. On Saturday, August 11th, treat your taste buds to an ice cream social fundraiser and return on Tuesday, August 21st, for founder Harry “Grampa” Nelis’ 84th birthday.
This month brings the August Small Plates event to the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail. This wildly popular event is Thursday, August 16th, with each meal seating fewer than 20 people, as you dine inside one of the trail’s eight wineries. For this biannual event, each winery pairs up with a local restaurant to showcase both the food and the wine.
The 6th Annual GRandJazzfest takes place in downtown Grand Rapids on August 18th and 19th. Grab a meal downtown before heading over the festival for a day filled with music. This free festival features 10 diverse jazz performances, an outdoor bar area at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and more across two days.
The Grand Rapids Polish Festival is August 24th to 26th at Rosa Parks Circle. There will be cooking demonstrations and Polish food, in addition to the live entertainment, non-stop music, and children’s activities. The festival is free and welcomes anybody looking to come out and experience the Polish culture!
The annual Hop Harvest Beer Tour, hosted by West Michigan Beer Tours, is Saturday, August 25th. During this event, you’ll visit a family-owned hop farm for samples and a tour, as well as two breweries that brew with those hops. The tour starts in Kalamazoo and travels to Marshall and Battle Creek.
Lovers of savory beer, fantastic food, and top-notch entertainment won’t want to miss BontebOktoberfest at Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek on October 13th. Named for the bontebok, a rare species of antelope living on the savanna in the zoo’s Wild Africa exhibit, this event features your favorite microbrews and food pairings from Taste of the Wild Catering. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy delicious food at the zoo while supporting their conservation efforts.
The 7th Annual Arts and Eats is October 20th and 21st and is a free self-driving or cycling tour of Allegan and Barry Counties and the surrounding rural region. Tour participants visit sumptuous local gems, open year-round with farm-to-table cuisine, specialty and artisan dishes, beverages, and products. Stops include Crane’s Pie Pantry, Restaurant & Winery and Virtue Cider in Fennville, A.W. Overhiser Orchard and McIntosh Orchards & Winery in South Haven, Four Roses Café in Plainwell, and Walldorff Brewpub & Bistro in Hastings.
West Michigan Beer, Wine & Spirits
The pub and kitchen at Arcadia Brewing Company in Kalamazoo takes their passion for BBQ to a whole new level with an all wood-fired Oyler BBQ smoker from Texas, burning pure hickory wood. Most of their meats are locally sourced, with many being a byproduct of whole animal and seam butchery. Additionally, their chefs also regularly feature unique vegetarian and gluten-free options. Enjoy communal seating and deli-style food service, while their team of servers gets you a beer, wine, Michigan-made soft drink, and more!
Whether it’s the beer, the food, or your experience, quality is the most important ingredient at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe in downtown Kalamazoo. Their chefs always cook from scratch while focusing on sustainability and seasonality. Add a touch of eccentricity, and you have a recipe for inspired cooking. Menu options include Sunday brunch, snacks, plenty of options for kids, and so much more.
Silver Harbor Brewing Company in St. Joseph features a locally-inspired New American style lunch and dinner menu with 18 handcrafted beers on tap. Their new summer menu utilizes seasonal ingredients and perfectly compliments their diverse lineup of beers.
Visit Michigan’s southernmost brewery, Constantine Brewing Company, in Constantine. Their menu features items that are made from scratch in their kitchen using locally-sourced, fresh ingredients whenever possible. Next time you find yourself in their neck of the woods, feast upon their spent beer grain pizza, smoked BBQ, pub burgers, and more.
The Livery in Benton Harbor has created a gathering place to inspire and enlighten people through beer, music, and food. Their menu features fan-favorites such as mac-n-cheese, loaded hummus, Livery Club, hand-tossed spent grain pizzas, and more. Stop by to listen to live music, have a beer, and enjoy a meal.
The Mitten Brewing Company was founded by lifelong friends Chris Andrus and Max Trierweiler. Located in historic Engine House No. 9 in Grand Rapids, Mitten Brewing Company is a vintage baseball-themed microbrewery and pizzeria with a focus on community involvement and charitable giving. If you order their pizza flight, there’s no need to pick just one of their unique pizzas to sample.
Cedar Springs Brewing Company in Cedar Springs serves German-influenced meal from their sustainably sourced kitchen. Enjoy a taste of Gemütlichkeit and remember meals like Oma used to make. Prost!
Atwater Brewery & Spirits Grand Rapids has evolved far beyond a bowl of mystery munchies at the bar and offers a full food menu, crafted with their German heritage while embracing culinary creativity. Check out their Dirty Bird buttermilk chicken wiener, the My Bru nestled in a hot pretzel bun, and the Beany Weenie loaded with veggie garnish and wrapped in lettuce. Original pizzas and salads also grace the menu to bring customers meals as eclectic as their craft beers.
Overlooking their classic brewhouse, the Founders Brewing Company taproom is a great testing ground for any foodie. In addition to craft beer, the taproom serves handcrafted sandwiches, beer cheese, french bread pizza, soups, salads, and more. Grab a bite to eat and pair it with one of the beers on tap next time you visit Founders.
Tickets are now available for the 8th Annual Brewery Vivant Wood-Aged Beer Festival. Located in Grand Rapids, Brewery Vivant hosts two sessions for the event on Saturday, September 15th. This celebration of beer aging includes casual festival fair to go with these bourbon barreled brews.
Thornapple Brewing Company in Grand Rapids is Cascade Township’s very first brewpub. With nearly fifty years of brewing experience between the co-founders, they offer a robust list of beers and food that represent their favorite styles and recipes. Their menu includes pizzas, hummus, bar snacks, and desserts, giving you plenty of choices to pair with one of their craft beers.
Tabor Hill Winery, Free Run Cellars, and Round Barn Winery all have great events coming up in August that will tempt your taste buds, no matter where you visit. Both Tabor Hill Winery and Free Run Cellars have new summer menus made with fresh and locally-sourced ingredients with unique twists on classic dishes. On August 18th and 19th, Round Barn will host the 26th Annual Harvest Party as part of the Jammin’ in the Vineyard concert series. This event celebrates the harvest in southwest Michigan’s wine country with local bands, delicious wine, and tasty food.
Lemon Creek Winery in Berrien Springs takes pride in growing the highest quality fruits to enjoy year after year from their family to yours. Open daily, you can visit their winery and farm market for the freshest fruits. In August, peaches and nectarines are in season, with grapes and apples available in September and October.
Vineyard 2121 in Benton Harbor is serving up wood fire pizzas every Friday, alongside live music, wine, and mixed drinks. Their End of Summer Party is Saturday, August 18th from 1 PM to 7 PM. The event features live music, a food tent, wine, ciders, wine slushies, and a 5K vineyard walk.
Chateau Chantal will be extending their Thursday music offerings for the first time in 25 years, running through August. As part of their Thursday Night Live series, their newest addition, Unplugged on the Terrace, offers discounts on charcuterie, wine by the glass, wine flights, and discounts on bottles to go. This new addition is from 5 PM to 7 PM, followed by Jazz at the Sunset from 7 PM to 9:30 PM.
Visit the Hearth & Vine Cafe at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay on Wednesdays for their seafood paella. Paella has its origins in Valencia, Spain dating back to the 10th century and it’s being brought to northern Michigan! On Thursday nights through the fall, Black Star Farms also hosts a traditional Great Lakes fish boil at the Hearth & Vine Cafe. Bring the whole family to either or both of these delicious weekly events.
Try the deliciously unique Voyageur Saskatoon Berry Liqueur from Northern Latitudes Distillery in Lake Leelanau! Saskatoon berries are originally from Saskatchewan Canada and have been cultivated on the Leelanau Peninsula for over a decade. Northern Latitudes buys their berries from a local Leelanau farm.
The St. Joe Farmers Market is every Saturday through mid-October. Going to the downtown Farmers Market used to be limited to selecting your own ripe fruits and vegetables. Now, Saturday mornings at the market include jams, honey, hearth-baked bread and fine pastries, perennials, cut flowers, organic vegetables, and so much more!
South Haven always provides an abundance of fresh produce, unique restaurants, and scrumptious bakeries to tempt you! Get fresh produce weekly with the South Haven Farm Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Featured items include handmade artisanal cheese, meat hand pies, pestos, and many other natural and entirely fresh delights.
Raspberries, peaches, and vegetables are available at the Fruit Ridge County Farm Markets, located throughout Grand Rapids’ northwest! Their website includes a listing of markets in the Fruit Ridge area, including market links, hours, descriptions, and more.
Dine Like a Local
The Boulevard Inn & Bistro in St. Joseph is nestled atop the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, where you’ll be able to enjoy a delightful lunch, dinner, or a signature cocktail. Their style takes advantage of local, fresh, and seasonal ingredients that are simply and elegantly prepared. The chef and his staff are here to provide you with a dynamic dining experience or a simple bite to eat.
Reserve Food & Wine, located in Grand Rapids, offers the best dining options any time of year, and in summer, they focus squarely on local farms. Executive Chef Luke Verhulst and his team work with many West Michigan farms and have put together new lunch and dinner menus that highlight the season’s bounty.
Tempt your taste buds with four of Grand Rapids’ favorite restaurants. Visit Cygnus 27, located inside the Amway Grand Plaza, for delicious food and immaculate views. The nearby Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck specializes in global cuisine, using only the freshest ingredients. The Bistro at the Courtyard Marriott has all of the classics, but with an added special flair! Rounding out these restaurants is six.one.six at the JW Marriott, with its distinctive French menu. Gather together to savor six.one.six’s spirited selection of regional dishes, and feast on what’s fresh and fabulous.
The Twisted Rooster Culinary Team combines the freshest local ingredients and bold flavors to serve guests a tasty twist on classic American fare in Grand Rapids. Some of their favorite dishes include fish tacos, lobster mac & cheese, BBQ chicken & gouda quesadilla, and the Twisted House Salad.
Wheelhouse features a contemporary twist on classic American bistro fare with seasonal recipes inspired by Executive Chef Andrew Alcid. Situated in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, the restaurant is as lively as its setting in the Arena Place district. The distinctive menu is complemented by a list of artisan cocktails, select wines, and Michigan craft brews.
The Double JJ Resort in Rothbury invites you to try the newly remodeled Sundance Saloon & Grill. With a mouthwatering new menu and one of the finest views in the state, their dining hall is perfect for any occasion. If you’re looking for an extra adventurous meal, Double JJ’s equestrian staff can lead you through acres of rich forest on horseback before cooking you a meal over a wood burning fire.
At Amanda’s Bequest & Bygone Basics in Montague, a good night’s sleep and a homemade meal have always been on the menu. Recently, they’ve added five outdoor seating “rooms” where guests can enjoy their meal. Beginning in October, they host Murder Mystery Dinners, giving you the opportunity to solve a murder mystery while you’re eating your meal. Whether you’re staying at the bed and breakfast or coming to solve the crime, every meal at Amanda’s Bequest is sure to delight.
Aerie Restaurant & Lounge at Grand Traverse Resort in Williamsburg is currently featuring its summer menu, with dishes like Tomato and Watermelon Gazpacho, Tempura Asparagus, Wild Mushroom Risotto, and Pasta Puttanesca. Pair the delicious food with creative drink offerings, an award-winning wine selection, and a 360-degree view that encompasses Grand Traverse Bay to round out your meal.
Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs will be hosting the Young Americans Dinner Theatre series throughout August. The Young Americans ensemble is made up of young, up-and-coming performers, with their performances at Boyne Highlands paired with sophisticated cuisine. This month also brings the Taste of Boyne Highlands on Saturday, August 25th. Sip, sample, taste, and try Boyne Highlands’ best offerings! This delectable outdoor event features four area wine distributors, signature Boyne Highlands fare, and plenty of fun to savor for the whole family. Tickets for these Boyne Highlands events are available through MyNorthTickets.
With your stay at Indigo Bluffs in Empire, you can visit the food scenes of Traverse City and Leelanau County. Once named a top foodie destination in the United States, the diversity and uniqueness of the area’s offerings are abundant. Surrounded by farming, fresh fish, and livestock, the food scene embodies the term farm-to-table.
Treetops Resort in Gaylord plays host to the seasonal Farm2Fork Dinner Adventure series. A different farmer is featured at each event and talks about their farm, operations, and more. Treetops also work closely with the Gaylord Farmer’s Market and other Northern Michigan growers to put this event on. You’ll meet for a shuttle ride that will take you out to the Wilderness Cabin on their Historic Project Nature property. This beautiful spot has a deck overlooking a spring-fed pond, where you’ll enjoy drinks and mingling with the farmers, brewers, and winemakers, followed by a four-course meal crafted by the Treetops Culinary team with local ingredients from area farms. Each themed event is hosted by a local winery or brewery and each course of the meal is thoughtfully infused and paired with a different beer or wine.
You’ll be eating well when you stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Here, you’ll be served a full breakfast and five-course dinner daily. They have packages available, including the Summer Bed & Breakfast, Family Added Value Days, Tea For Two Golf Package, and more. Stay and eat to your heart’s delight with a stay at the Grand Hotel!
From family-friendly and casual to fine dining, Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire has what you crave. The first thing most visitors notice at The Lakeview Restaurant at Shanty Creek Resort is the stunning view of Lake Bellaire, however, the eclectic menu of innovation regional fare draws a fair share of attention. The River Bistro at Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire’s newest dining and entertainment venue, offers a more casual atmosphere to enjoy burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and classic dinner entrees including fish & chips, salmon, stir-fry, and more! Both restaurants are also open for breakfast and lunch.
Feast on a memorable meal with a variety of delicious food right in downtown Marshall! Here, you’ll find Mediterranean pasta, lobster macaroni and cheese, paella, desserts, and more, all in one spot. The area is also the home of Dark Horse Brewing Company, Pastrami Joe’s, and Schuler’s Restaurant, giving your taste buds more reasons to stop by Marshall.
From fine dining and farm-to-table, the Greater Lansing area offers a diverse dining landscape that will not only satisfy your taste buds but will fit in with your lifestyle and budget. Learn even more about Lansing’s dining scene, including events, with Lansing’s foodie guide!
Coldwater Country is home to many locally-owned diners, restaurants, and pubs. Whether looking for a quick bite to eat, a unique dining destination or a gourmet dinner, visitors will find it in Coldwater Country.
Local, farm-fresh goodness abounds at a variety of locally-sourced, farm-to-fork restaurants throughout Muskegon County. Enjoy both sophisticated cuisine and waterfront views while you dine, or go visit the Muskegon Farmers Market! There’s a complete list of Muskegon County’s restaurant offerings available on their website.
If you’re in Mecosta County to tempt your taste buds, then you have come to the right place. There are multiple restaurants throughout the county that each offer their own variety of flavors, ensuring that you’ll always find something to satisfy your stomach. With great food, good times, and phenomenal service, the restaurants throughout Mecosta County need to be scheduled for your next visit.
Throughout downtown Holland, you’ll find an array of dining options that are sure to satisfy any craving. If you’re looking for a lakeside meal, check out Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant. Their menu features items for every taste, including appetizers, salads, seafood, pasta, chicken, steak, burgers, pizza, and desserts. Enjoy a great meal while taking in the lakeside views on beautiful Lake Macatawa.
With a wealth of awesome dining options, the Petoskey area is a foodie’s paradise. One of the area’s specialties is whitefish, locally caught and served with a smile. The historic Stafford’s Bay View Inn offers this culinary delight baked on an oak plank and accompanied by views of Little Traverse Bay. At the Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant, find hardwood planked parmesan whitefish in addition to a daily whitefish feature, both served with a tomato stuffed with a fresh, creamy spinach and artichoke dip. While the region is known for fresh whitefish, such as the planked whitefish at the Terrace Inn’s 1911 Restaurant in Petoskey, eateries throughout offer a wide variety of menu items and décor. Some favorites include the fun and casual Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City where you’ll find the flavors of Latin America and the best margaritas around. If fine dining is more your style, try the many delights including the amazing Sage Signature Roasted Mushroom Gnocchi at the Odawa Casino’s Sage restaurant in Petoskey. Vernales Restaurant in Petoskey is a must for their American Wagyu custom cuts, and guests will even delicious ethnic options, like the Polish cuisine at the highly touted Legs Inn north of Harbor Springs in Cross Village.
Bring your appetite when you visit the Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan area because you’ll want to sample some of the local specialties. Try a pasty (pronounced past-ee) and get both a culinary and history lesson. Pasties were introduced to the Upper Peninsula by Cornish miners in the 19th century. Whether doused in gravy, ketchup or eaten plain, these pastry-covered meat pies are sure to please.
Feeling famished? You’re in luck. Charlevoix offers a distinct dining experience for every type of diner. They have everything from traditional and farm-to-table fare to French cuisine. The French Quarter New Orleans Bistro in Charlevoix serves the New Orleans cuisine that we all love. Charlevoix’s offerings are out of this world and you’re sure to find what you need!
Plenty More Options in West Michigan
More Tempting Options in Southern West Michigan
- 12 Corners Vineyards, Benton Harbor
- American Spoon, Saugatuck
- Corey Lake Orchards, Three Rivers
- Cornwell’s Turkeyville USA, Marshall
- Crane Orchards – U Pick & Corn Maze, Fennville
- Dablon Vineyards – Winery & Tasting Room, Baroda
- Food Dance, Kalamazoo
- Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing, Kalamazoo
- Greenbush Brewing Co, Sawyer
- Grill House Restaurant & Silo Banquets and Catering, Allegan
- Henderson Castle, Kalamazoo
- Hickory Creek Winery, Buchanan
- Hilton Garden Inn, Benton Harbor
- HopCat East Lansing, East Lansing
- HopCat Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo
- JB’s Whiskey Old Style Grill, Springfield
- Lawton Ridge Winery, Kalamazoo
- Lighthouse Wine, St. Joseph
- Mermaid Bar & Grill, Saugatuck
- Michigan Princess Riverboat, Lansing
- Pastrami Joe’s Deli & Take-out Battle Creek, Battle Creek
- Principle Food and Drink, Kalamazoo
- Salt of the Earth, Fennville
- Sanctuary Spirits Artisan Distillery, Grand Ledge
- Saugatuck Brewing Co., Douglas
- Taste, South Haven
- Veni’s Sweet Shop, Niles
- Watermark Brewing Company, Stevensville
- White Pine Winery, St. Joseph
- Wings West, Kalamazoo
More Tempting Options in Central West Michigan
- Big Hart Brewing Company, Hart
- Bistro Bella Vita, Grand Rapids
- Butch’s Dry Dock, Holland
- Buzz’s Lakeside Inn, Whitehall
- Cannonsburg Ski Area, Belmont
- Chocolates by Grimaldi, Grand Haven
- City Built Brewing Company, Grand Rapids
- Country Dairy, Inc., New Era
- DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Rapids Airport, Grand Rapids
- Five Lakes Resort, Hesperia
- Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Grand Rapids
- Grand Traverse Distillery, Grand Rapids
- Grove, Grand Rapids
- Harmony Brewing Company at Harmony Hall, Grand Rapids
- Herman’s Boy Inc., Rockford
- HopCat Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids
- Hudsonville Winery / Pike 51 Brewing Company, Hudsonville
- Jamesport Brewing, Ludington
- Jones Homemade Ice Cream, Baldwin
- Lake House Waterfront Grille, Muskegon
- Long Road Distillers, Grand Rapids
- MeXo, Grand Rapids
- Muskegon Country Club, Muskegon
- New Holland Brewing Company Pub & Restaurant, Holland
- New Holland The Knickerbocker, Grand Rapids
- Newaygo Brewing Company, Newaygo
- Old Boys’ Brewhouse, Spring Lake
- Perrin Brewing Company, Comstock Park
- Pleasant Valley Farm and Vineyard, Hart
- Pohlcat Golf Course, Mt. Pleasant
- Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery, Grand Rapids
- Rockford Brewing Company, Rockford
- Rockford Riverside Grille, Rockford
- Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Grand Rapids
- San Chez Tapas Bistro, Grand Rapids
- Sandy Point Beach House, West Olive
- SE4SONS Gastropub at Muskegon Country Club, Muskegon
- Sietsema Orchard and Cider Mill, Ada
- SpeakEZ Lounge, Grand Rapids
- Stan Diego Baja Taco Kitchen, Walker
- Stella’s Lounge, Grand Rapids
- Terra, Grand Rapids
- The Green Well Gastro Pub, Grand Rapids
- Waters Edge Golf Course/Lakes 23 Restaurant & Pub, Fremont
- Zoko822, Grand Rapids
More Tempting Options in Northern West Michigan
- Audies Restaurant, Mackinaw City
- Bay View Wine Trail, Petoskey
- Beaver Island Lodge, Beaver Island
- Bee Well Meadery, Bellaire
- Bellaire Smokehouse, Bellaire
- Black Bear Golf Club, Vanderbilt
- Bonobo Winery, Traverse City
- Boone’s Long Lake Inn, Traverse City
- Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs
- Cafe Santí, Boyne City
- Cherry Hut, Beulah
- Coyote Crossing Resort, Cadillac
- Dalwhinnie Bakery & Deli, Beaver Island
- Drummond Island Resort & Conference Center, Drummond Island
- Evergreen Resort, Cadillac
- Geno’s Sports Bar and Grill, Thompsonville
- Joann’s Fudge, Mackinac Island
- Kilwin’s Chocolate Kitchen, Petoskey
- Manistee National Golf and Resort, Manistee
- Manitou Passage Golf Club, Cedar
- Mammoth Distilling Traverse City Outpost, Traverse City
- Michigan House Cafe & Red Jacket Brewing Company, Calumet Township
- Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island
- Moomers Homemade Ice Cream, Traverse City
- National Cherry Festival, Traverse City
- Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen, Elk Rapids
- Peegeo’s, Traverse City
- Ranch Rudolf, Traverse City
- Rare Bird Brewpub, Traverse City
- Short’s Brewing Company, Bellaire
- Snowbelt Brewing Company, Gaylord
- Stafford’s Pier Restaurant, Harbor Springs
- Stafford’s Weathervane Restaurant, Charlevoix
- Stormcloud Brewing Company, Frankfort
- The Blue Pelican Inn, Central Lake
- The Chief Golf Course, Bellaire
- The Fox Barn Marketplace & Winery, Shelby
- The House of Pies, Alanson
- The Original Murdick’s Fudge Company of Mackinac Island, Inc., Mackinac Island
- The Village at Bay Harbor, Petoskey
- Two K Cider and Wine, Suttons Bay
- Upper Hand Brewery, Escanaba
- Walloon Lake Winery, Petoskey