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Where to Tempt Your Taste Buds!

West Michigan offers lots of foodie fun. You’ll find everything from fresh baked pies to slow roasted bbq, craft brews to French cuisine, and everything in between. Whether dining in or ordering to-go, here are some places to tempt your taste buds!

Not able to make it out to order your favorite dish? Check out our free West Michigan digital cookbook for recipes to try at home! 

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South West Michigan Region

Conveniently located in downtown South Haven, Taste is an easy to reach destination for small plates and martinis. Everything is made from scratch and prepared as fresh as possible. 

Going to the downtown Farmers Market used to be limited to the treat of selecting your own ripe, succulent fruits and vegetables. Things have changed! Saturday morning at the market in St. Joseph now includes jams, honey, hearth-baked breads and fine pastries, perennials, cut flowers, organic vegetables, and so much more! The St. Joe Farmers Market will be held Saturdays, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 9:00 am-2:00 pm. 

Housed in a 1940’s gas station, Station 66 in Battle Creek provides a fun outing for the whole family, serving the highest quality ice cream, freshest donuts, and locally grown produce.

The grill is hot and the steaks are sizzling at The Grill House Restaurant & Silo Banquets and Catering in Allegan. While the Grill Room is currently closed to the public, their Pub Menu is available for dine-in and take-out Tuesdays-Saturdays. 

Food Dance in Kalamazoo is committed to building a thriving and sustainable local food system by supporting artisans who practice craft food processes that have been around for generations—growing, raising, preserving, curing, aging, pickling, butchering, and more. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, guests are served the freshest menu items in a casual and welcoming atmosphere with knowledgeable service for people to come together and connect through the experience of food.

Indulge in fresh flavors while celebrating age old techniques and the craft of food preparation at Principle Food & Drink in downtown Kalamazoo. Fresh, thoughtfully sourced food cooked from scratch, and a creative bar program to provide the very best in seasonal eating and craft cocktails. 

Terrace Grille is a culinary gem that will delight your senses with a fresh, seasonal menu, extensive wine selection, handcrafted cocktails, and extraordinary service. Located on the lakeshore at Bay Pointe Inn in Shelbyville, Terrace Grille offers curbside and dockside service.

Enjoy a casual fine dining cafe at Four Roses Cafe in Plainwell. The menu changes daily and will be determined by what is available in local markets each day. Four Roses Cafe strives to use local farmers and vendors whenever possible and have an emphasis on fresh, sustainable products. Four Roses supports Michigan breweries, distilleries, and wineries with 12 rotating taps that are all Michigan craft beers, as well as featuring local wines, and ciders.

While certainly known for their fantastic beer, Guardian Brewing Company in Saugatuck also serves delicious, seasonally-inspired, locally-sourced food. They ferment their own sauerkraut and kimchi in-house. For flavor-packed bar food, their Sweet and Spicy BBQ Korean Wings are a must-try.

Home to some culinary giants, this small coastal getaway leads to big flavors for foodies. For such a small geographic region in the Midwest, Saugatuck/Douglas offers a surprisingly sophisticated and inspired culinary experience sure to please any palate. Not only are they fortunate enough to be located in the country’s second-most agriculturally diverse state, but Saugatuck/Douglas is also situated within Michigan’s Fruit Belt region. With bushels of produce ripe for the picking within a 10-mile radius, farm-to-table fare here becomes elevated by the bounty of what’s locally harvested. All within a few square miles, you can indulge in fresh twists from award-winning chefs or experience common casual dishes done uncommonly well.

Salt of the Earth in Fennville is the epitome of rustic chic. Featuring seasonal American cuisine that celebrates the bounty of the Michigan farm, it also serves exceptional wood-fired pizzas and freshly baked bread. Be sure to try their Short Rib Pizza or craft your own with a wide variety of toppings.

Root Café, Coffeehouse & Spirits in Fennville offers rustic food created with farm fresh goodness. Relax and enjoy a small batch roasted espresso, craft beer, or a cocktail. The menu offers artisan sandwiches on house made bread, salads, tapas, soups, baked goods, and breakfast options.

No visit to the Fennville area is complete without a stop at Crane’s Pie Pantry. Using fresh fruit straight off the farm, fruit pies are made the old fashioned way from family recipes passed down through generations. There’s no need to select just one flavor to try. Indulge in their Pie Flight which features four of their delectable fruit pies.

Home to many locally owned and operated diners, restaurants, and pubs, South-Central Michigan’s Coldwater Country is the place to grab a delicious quick breakfast, a destination restaurant or gourmet dinner. 

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Central West Michigan Region

Caledonia’s FireRock Grille is named after a 500-degree lava stone that guests use to cook signature dishes, including steak, shrimp, fajitas and more. FireRock also offers innovative cuisine and showcases diverse seafood and pasta dishes, artisan sandwiches, and gourmet burgers. To top it off, FireRock features a variety of local beers, house infused vodkas, a premier wine list, and a variety of specialty cocktails.

Rush Creek Bistro is nestled between Grandville and Jenison at Sunnybrook Country Club. Rush Creek Bistro is open to the public and boasts a casual dining atmosphere and large patio. From artisan sandwiches and pizza, to a variety of seafood and steak entrée options, Rush Creek Bistro offers something for everyone. 

Cork Wine & Grille provides its guests with a one-of-a-kind marriage of food, drink,and contemporary atmosphere. Cork offers its guests a great selection of fresh, quality food from artisanal sandwiches and hand-crafted appetizers to pizzas, pastas and steaks, and one of the most extensive wine lists in the Grand Rapids area.

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is home to over 20 indoor market merchants and  restaurants, monthly outdoor market events, hands-on cooking classes, private event venues, a state-of-the-art incubator kitchen, rooftop greenhouses, and more… welcome to your next fun food experience!

The historic Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton just rolled out a Steak-Cation Package, which includes an overnight stay in a newly renovated standard Pantlind guest room at $199 per night, one complimentary $50 gift card to Ruth’s Chris Steak House Grand Rapids (now with an expanded patio), complimentary self-parking, and late checkout. As the best hotel in the area for history buffs, the glamorous Amway Grand originally opened in 1913 as The Pantlind Hotel and has hosted many political figures, including many U.S. presidents, and celebrities.

Margaux, the contemporary French bistro of the JW Marriott Grand Rapids, offers views of the Grand River with dinner service on the lively jdek patio. This downtown restaurant features an approachable yet authentic dining experience inspired by the red wine regions in the South of France. Chef de Cuisine Caprice Mikel’s curated menu melds traditional French cuisine with a modern approach, with menu items like escargot à la bourguignonne, steak frites café de Paris, croque-monsieur, and baba au rhum. There is a focus on locally sourced ingredients and flavor profiles aligned with the classic French experience, making the menu also contextual to the agricultural diversity of Michigan.

You’ll find daily specials and a range of eclectic flavors at Green Well Gastro Pub just outside of downtown Grand Rapids. 

Gravity Taphouse Grill is a unique restaurant in Grand Rapids that combines superior food, an expansive selection of beer, and a contemporary and inviting atmosphere. Gravity offers 64 taps of craft beer perfectly paired with an eclectic variety of scratch dishes.

Enjoy modern French and Italian cuisine at Bistro Bella Vita in Grand Rapids. Their culinary team creates authentic, scratch-made recipes that blend the delicious flavors of the Mediterranean countryside with a perfectly paired beverage, whether it’s a simple pizza and beer with friends, or an elegant chef’s table meal perfectly paired with appropriate wines.

MeXo in Grand Rapids offers prehispanic-influenced modern Mexican cuisine, craft margaritas, and extensive tequila and mezcal selections. Dine-in available Friday and Saturday evenings, with take-out service avaialble Thursdays and Fridays. 

You’ll find mouthwatering burgers, homemade vegetarian and vegan burgers, beer-battered avocados, stuffed tots and over 250 kinds of whiskey for your sipping pleasure at Stella’s Lounge in downtown Grand Rapids. 

Find award winning beer and great food at DeHop’s Brewing Company & Cafe in Walker. Using locally sourced ingredients, they make dishes from scratch and brew traditional craft styles, Eurocentric styles, and aggressively trendy beer styles.

Stan Diego Baja Taco Kitchen in Walker is a place where the tacos are always fresh and the salsa is always spicy. The authentic a-la-carte taco menu and margaritas use the freshest ingredients to take your taste buds on a trip down California’s Route 1.

Named “Michigan’s Best Food City” by Thrillist, Grand Rapids is a delicious destination every day of the year. But it’s even more so during this year’s Restaurant Week GR, August 5th-16th, when visitors can earn free gifts just for dining out. Download a digital pass and check in to at least four restaurants to get a free foodie-themed gift. Every check-in earns a free savings pass for a return visit to that restaurant. New outdoor social zones offer plenty of opportunities for dining al fresco ­– before, during, and after Restaurant Week! Visit RestaurantWeekGR.com for details and participating restaurants.

Herman’s Boy is a great Rockford stop for a made-to-order deli sandwich. Everything is done in house, a 100 year old farmhouse to be exact, from fresh baked bagels to smoked meat & cheeses, there is sure to be something for everyone! Herman’s Boy is also “Home of the Bagel Dog” – a German style wiener wrapped in bagel dough and topped with the fixings of your choosing. Herman’s Boy is a local roastery, bakery, confectionary, deli, smokehouse, kitchen, grilling gadget shop. 

Looking for a great place to share a meal with friends and family? Look no further than Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant located on the beautiful Lake Macatawa in Holland. Boatwerks’ rich history on the lake inspired its design reminiscent of historic boat building factories that lined the shores of Lake Macatawa. Boatwerks features New American fare, top-notch service and stunning waterfront views from its outdoor patio and lounge and its elevated dining room seating.

RedRock Grille sets itself apart from other restaurants in the Holland area by providing its guests with a truly unique experience. The restaurant also offers innovative cuisine that showcases diverse seafood and pasta dishes, artisan sandwiches, and gourmet burgers. To top it off, RedRock features a variety of local beers, a premier wine list and specialty cocktails.

The Delta Hotels by Marriott Muskegon Downtown is now home to Walker’s, a modern mid-western twist on An American Brasserie, sourcing local ingredients, bullish cuts, fresh caught aquatic, and don’t forget about the in-house pastries. Walker’s offers a complete wine list with pairings to any dish, a desirable menu offering with a mix of small plates, shareables, completed entrees, and a la carte proteins such as Wagyu or Bone-in Filets. Seasonal rotating menus collaborate with an exceptional beverage program and personalized service, giving you a night to remember. Walker’s represents the gathering point for celebrations, delivering on the quality of the best with local drive in mind.

Located in the heart of Downtown Muskegon, The Lake House Waterfront Grille is everything you could ask for as for in a lakefront restaurant. The Lake House is led by a culinary view derived from a fresh and local perspective. Who wouldn’t want to celebrate a special occasion on the lake, listening to live music and enjoying a freshly crafted cocktail? The attitude is casual because everyone is here for the same reasons: to see good friends, to enjoy plenty of delicious food, and to have a great time. The Lake House is a lot like the people who walk through the doors: unpretentious, uncompromising, real, and relaxed!

Score a view of the water to sip a refreshing summer brew like Blueberry Wheat and indulge in a tasty entrée at Jamesport Brewing Company in Ludington, offering an expansive back deck with views of Pere Marquette Lake. 

Ready for a meal on the town – or a lunch box at the beach? The Ludington area restaurants feature patios, decks, and other outdoor dining options and waterfront views. 

Mt. Pleasant is the home of mouthwatering menus. With more than 100 restaurants and two breweries, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the variety of delectable dishes and bold brews scattered throughout the area. You’ll find an amazing deli that offers more than 80 creative combinations of meats, cheeses, veggies, and more! In addition, the deli serves up delicious and uniquely crafted sandwiches all day long. Mt. Pleasant also boasts local favorites such as sandwich shops, coffee houses, brews, pizzerias, and bakeries.

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North West Michigan & Upper Peninsula Region

Visit Chateau Chantal in Traverse City for special dinner events this summer. The Classic Wine Pairing Dinner, taking place Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays in August and Wednesdays-Fridays in September & October, will feature a delicious 5-course wine dinner, prepared in-house by Chef de Cuisine, Chris Mushall. Enjoy a Savory Sunday Dinner, beginning with a vineyard tour at 5:00 pm, followed by dinner on the patio at 5:30. 

Boone’s Long Lake Inn’s legendary steaks, seafood, and prime rib have made them a Traverse City landmark. The rustic decor provides a comfortable and casual atmosphere that enhances services, quality and large portion sizes.

From pizza to chicken wings to ribs, Peegeo’s of Traverse City has something for every taste and every mood.

Black Star Farms will be hosting a wine paired dining experience at their estate vineyard in Suttons Bay on August 7th. Dine al fresco in the lush vineyard with views of Grand Traverse Bay. Cocktail reception is at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 6:30 pm. 

The Traverse City area is home to dozens of mouthwatering restaurants. Find cuisine from all around the world, whether you’re searching for crêpes, phở, tacos, or BBQ. Food trucks, farmers markets, and roadside harvest stands abound for those seeking a fresh taste. Best of all, you can get food to-go or dine outside with northern Michigan’s lakes and forests as your backdrop.

Torch Lake Café in Central Lake offers fresh, seasonal cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails at the Deep Blue bar, experience their vibrant music scene featuring live entertainment most evenings, and celebrate the occasions in your life with their professional catering and event services.

The Bellaire Smokehouse is a premium market providing smoked and fresh meat and seafood, the best selection of micro-brew beers in Antrim County and a great collection of wines, cheese, and dry goods.

From family-friendly and casual to fine dining, Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire has what you crave. With stunning sunsets, award-winning steaks, pasta and homemade desserts, The Lakeview Restaurant offers simple, local, social dining. Enjoy the macadamia crusted whitefish, fish tacos, or a traditional steak or burger, all while adhering to the current social distancing guidelines. Summer specials include Fresh Catch Friday with a variety of fish and seafood specials and a Chef’s Prime Rib feature on Saturday.

Savor the goodness of Thompsonville’s finest pizza at Geno’s Sportsbar & Grill

Dalwhinnie Bakery & Deli on Beaver Island serves breakfast and lunch along with delicious pastries and donuts, fresh breads, specialty coffee, and many other gastronomic delights.

Authentic Polish and American cuisine and over 100 beer choices in a unique atmosphere wait for you at the historic Legs Inn in Cross Village. The putdoor garden dining offers panoramic Lake Michigan views and sunsets to accompany your lunch or dinner.

Audie’s Restaurant has been serving visitors of Mackinaw City since the Mackinac Bridge was built. Voted “Best All-Around Restaurant” by readers of the Northern Express, Audie’s encompasses two full service restaurants and a lounge, and currently offers curbside and carry-out from the full menu. 

Get out and reconnect with Mackinac Island’s local flavor this fall as you explore northern Michigan’s best wine and delicious food at Mission Point. Experience “Fall Foliage, Food & Wine” as you indulge in accommodations, ferry tickets, drinks and appetizers at Round Island Bar & Grill. Kick back and enjoy beautiful outdoor seating and stunning lakefront views with friends. From Michigan cherry-braised beef nachos to herb crusted Lake Superior whitefish, you’ll find nothing better than farm-to-ferry fresh offerings at Mission Point

The Michigan House Hotel Cafe & Red Jacket Brewing Company has occupied the corner of 6th and Oak Streets in Calumet since at least 1895. Offering classic American cuisine and trout fresh from Lake Superior as well as hand crafted brews. Ask your server what’s on tap! 

The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in Copper Harbor offers a culinary experience focused on “Rustic Worldly Food”, featuring dishes from around the world that are cooked simply, using simple, quality ingredients, and presented simply in a wilderness, rustic environment. The Lodge chefs create hand-crafted dishes, full of vibrant ingredients that are locally sourced when available, and use flavors from around the world. Their slow dining concept means you can relax and enjoy the flavors and the experience of the food, and the location in the wilderness brings that experience to life. Sit back and enjoy a local craft brew, or try a KM Ale, the Lodge’s own beer, produced in collaboration with Marquette-based brewery. The Little Cabin Cafe offers specialty coffee and breakfast items (pannukakku, anyone?) that will start your day off right. Grab a bite, or grab a beer, and give your tastebuds the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge rustic experience!

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