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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!

 

South West Michigan Region

Your stay at the Garden Grove Inn always includes a delicious homemade breakfast! They’ll start your morning with some locally roasted coffee and a starter like a fresh baked blueberry muffin or homemade granola with yogurt and fresh fruit from the local farms. Next, enjoy choices like fresh blueberry pancakes, strawberry french toast, cheesy zucchini quiche, or breakfast tacos. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to get a fresh, locally sourced, delicious meal!

Visit Journeyman Distillery in Three Rivers for lunch or dinner! Come munch on some delicious, locally sourced food and enjoy one of their signature cocktails. They focus on the details in all their food and drinks, and are sure the difference won’t be lost on you. Be sure to try their bourbon mash pizza for Journeyman Distillery’s spin on an old favorite.

The Saugatuck/Douglas area offers a surprisingly sophisticated and inspired culinary experience sure to please any palate. Burger lovers won’t want to miss out on the famous Butler Burger from The Butler restaurant—part of the quintessential Saugatuck experience. And the very best way to sample all the goodness available at Crane’s Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery is to indulge in their one-of-a-kind Pie Flight featuring four of their delectable pies made with only the best fruit from Michigan.

Travel the world through food in the Battle Creek area. With flavors from Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Ireland, Greece, and Southeast Asia, there’s bound to be a restaurant for everyone, no matter your favorite cuisine.

After a day on the water on one of the more than 100 lakes in south-central Michigan’s Coldwater Country, head to one of the locally owned and operated diners, restaurants, or pubs.

Lansing boasts extremely diverse dining options throughout the region. Visitors can find many locally sourced, locally owned, and locally loved restaurants. See the list of foodie favorites from the Greater Lansing Area Visitors Bureau.

Cornwell’s Turkeyville USA in Marshall serves food made with real ingredients and using Grandma Cornwell’s original recipes. They’re committed to making homemade, delicious food in a fun environment, and there’s plenty of both! Enjoy their food at their all-turkey restaurant, deli style dining, or see a show at Cornwell’s Dinner Theater, also specializing in turkey meals. Looking for sweets? Check out their old-fashioned ice cream parlor and bakery to satisfy your sweet tooth.

MOO-ville Creamery is a family fun destination in Nashville with great, fresh dairy products! Using milk from their very own cows, MOO-ville makes over 80 homemade hand-dipped flavors of ice cream on-site. Enjoy classics like Blue MOO-n and Cookie Dough, or try one of their many rotating unique flavors!

Opening this fall in Kalamazoo, head to the Radisson Plaza Hotel to try Brick and Brine, a new restaurant located on the lobby level. Their menu will feature New American fare, a variety of seating options, and a warm social atmosphere.

If barbeque is what you’re after, visit Porter’s Smokehouse in Dorr. Offering take out and to-go food Thursday through Saturday, you can enjoy their specialities like smoked BBQ beef brisket, ham, turkey, ribs, rib tips, tacos, pulled pork, chicken, bacon, sides, and more!

Otsego’s LYNX Golf Course and Grill offers affordable and delicious entrees, as well as your typical golfer fare. Head to their clubhouse and enjoy your meal (and the great views of the Kalamazoo River Valley) from high above the 18th green.

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.

Also located in Fennville, Salt of the Earth 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.

Conveniently located in downtown South Haven, Taste is an easy to reach destination for small plates and martinis. Taste features a creative and imaginative menu with all options made from scratch and prepared fresh for your enjoyment.

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 emphasizes 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.

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.

The grill is hot and the steaks are sizzling at The Grill House Restaurant & Silo Banquets and Catering in Allegan. Discover the best that dining out has to offer at The Grill House, where you become the Grillmaster at their 8′ x 10′ grill (grill assistants are available to lend advice if you’d like). Choose from 6 different steak cuts, shrimp, tuna, chicken and kabobs. All entrees come with the house salad, potato, our signature baked beans, sauteed onions, and Texas toast.

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Central West Michigan Region

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!

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.

Check out Sperry’s Moviehouse in downtown Holland, where they’re taking movie theater treats to the next level! Their dinnerhouse menu features delicious options like sliders and spinach dip, and they’ll continue to add more amazing options as they continue to reopen.

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.

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!

Foodies in Grand Rapids: don’t miss out on a visit to the newly opened, Spanish inspired MDRD atop the historic Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. With extraordinary views overlooking the Grand River, modern Spanish cuisine, lavish libations, and an energetic atmosphere, this approachable yet upscale restaurant provides an unparalleled dining experience.

Also in the Amway Grand Plaza, The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck offers lots of fan-favorites on one menu, including margherita, pepperoni, and roasted mushroom pizza; Asian-inspired flavors like shanghai noodles and “Kung Pao” lettuce wraps made with spicy chicken, toasted peanuts and crispy rice sticks; and for something sweet, Spanish style cheesecake and warm vanilla beignets.

Take a trip to France without the flight at Margaux at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids! You can taste the flavors of Bordeaux with traditional French menu items like escargots, charcuterie et fromage, and steak frites. The restaurant also serves French wines, including bottles from the St. Julien, St. Laurent, and Margaux regions.

Stop by Country Dairy’s Market and Cafe in New Era for a great selection of items like milk, cheese, ice cream, and meat (fresh and frozen), as well as local honey, maple syrup, and jam. After you enjoy a tour of their facilities, you can enjoy their delicious Farm Store menu with choices like sandwiches, salads, burgers, and of course, their famous bottomless cup of milk.

Hudsonville Winery and Pike 51 in Hudsonville are known for their delicious wines and brews, but they also have a food menu full of wraps, salads, burgers, and south of the border flavors.

From pizzas and shareable appetizers to salads and sandwiches, you’re sure to find the perfect compliment for a great draft beer at Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids.

Ludington is home to multiple restaurants that are staples in the community. Enjoy a harbor-front restaurant with a new look and name, as well as a downtown classic Italian favorite.

There’s a new flavor in town and it’s Nordic! North Muskegon has a new restaurant that promises a “dramatic taste experience; Nordic cuisine, fine wines, beer, cocktails, and a farm-to-table chef-driven menu!”

Arboreal Inn is a fine dining establishment serving American cuisine. They specialize in high quality steaks, seafood, and more. Try their Tournedos Trio or Parmesan Encrusted Whitefish, two menu favorites.

Have you visited BoomTown Market? Located in Downtown Muskegon, they’ve got great grocery items to help you prepare your home cooked meal, as well as local craft beer and wines. Plus, enjoy one of their homemade, specialty sandwiches, wraps, or salads, all made with Boar’s Head meats.

Located on the Westside of Grand Rapids in the completely renovated Little Mexico building, Harmony Brewing Company at Harmony Hall has crafted a menu and atmosphere with German beer hall influences. Brewing small batches of well-balanced beer, their food menu features options like house made sausages, a variety of sandwiches, and multiple choices of loaded fries.

Reds at Thousand Oaks in Grand Rapids provides a dining experience like no other. This one-of-a-kind restaurant provides a warm, friendly atmosphere for guests to enjoy hand cut steaks, seafood, specialty pizzas, and hand crafted appetizers. Reds also features a two-tier patio overlooking the award winning Thousand Oaks Golf Course with cozy fire pits to relax at while enjoying a glass of wine from their extensive wine list.

The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant features the delightful Siniikaung Steak & Chop House, with its casual elegance and unique flavors. Enjoy their aged prime beef offerings along with an extensive hand-selected list of fine wines, single malt scotch, and single batch bourbons.

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.

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

Gravity Taphouse Grille 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.

MeXo in Grand Rapids offers prehispanic-influenced modern Mexican cuisine, craft margaritas, and extensive tequila and mezcal selections.

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.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant in Grand Rapids has created a modern, casual dining experience with warm hospitality in an inviting upscale setting. Their culinary team has designed a contemporary American menu infused with flavors from around the world. Each dish is made fresh, incorporating peak-of-season ingredients. They’ll even guide you to your dinner selection’s perfect wine match.

The Sovengard Biergarten & Kitchen offers a true farm-to-table dining experience in three unique dining spaces in Grand Rapids. Their menus feature creative, seasonally changing chef-driven cuisine that’s accessible to all and indicative of the seasons and incredible abundance of Michigan produce and products.

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North West Michigan & Upper Peninsula Region

Island life is all about the water – and dining with a side of “breathtaking” is what Bayside Dining is all about! At Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center, Bayside Dining lives up to its name, serving up stunning views of Lake Huron’s Potagannissing Bay. Enjoy al fresco diners on the restaurant’s wrap-around porch, Sunday brunch, or weekday specialty small plates, selected from a craft menu that’s updated daily. Reservations are recommended.

Bonobo Winery serves tasty small plates to pair with its exceptional wine, and the kitchen is now open seven days a week! Chef Scott’s small plate options include Fried Goat Cheese, Crab Cakes, Summer Vermicelli and a Cheese & Charcuterie board featuring cured meats, local cheeses, house pickles, and jams. These dishes are great for sharing, adding to the communal feel and friendly vibe of the winery.

Offering house-smoked meats and an unforgettable view of Walloon Lake, Barrel Back Restaurant is known for their slow roasted flavors, but their most popular dish is the Beer Battered Whitefish Sandwich. Perfectly layered with Michigan Whitefish, creamy coleslaw, locally sourced produce, and served on a sandwich roll, this dish is a must-try in Northern Michigan. Pair it with crispy sweet potato fries, Cajun aioli, and Barrel Back’s signature summer drink – the Hendrick’s Strawberry Jive. Barrel Back is one of the only waterfront restaurants in West Michigan that you can arrive by boat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner or enjoy a true on-the-water experience at the Dock Bar all summer long! Sample the new Food Truck featured entrée – the Mac Gnaw.

A true fine dining experience complete with unparalleled service and a stunning view of Walloon Lake: Walloon Lake Inn is best known for their signature John Cross Whitefish entrée, encrusted with panko-parmesan and topped with a delicate lemon beurre blanc sauce. A few other noteworthy dishes include a nightly amuse bouche, Chef’s homemade honey wheat bread, and the creamy Seafood Risotto. Enjoy the ambiance of the elegant dining room or Walloon Lake breeze from the outdoor patio seven days a week all summer long and select three courses for $50 from 5 PM to 6 PM.

From family-friendly and casual to fine dining, Shanty Creek Resort 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 or a traditional steak or juicy burger, or make sure to order the Garlic Truffle Fry Basket to share with friends!

Feeling famished? You’re in luck. Charlevoix offers a distinct dining experience for every type of diner. Want traditional fare? You’ll find it here. Looking for locally sourced ingredients? Charlevoix has that, too. From farm to table, French cuisine to simple soups and sandwiches, Charlevoix’s offerings are out of this world.

Watch out! The Blackened Tiger Shrimp Small Plate at Bradley’s Pub & Grille is dangerous. The plump shrimp with caramelized pineapple, sweet corn, black beans, candied lime, roasted red pepper coulis, and fresh cilantro is extremely habit-forming! It’ll have you returning again and again to their Interlochen Golf Course location. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

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.

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 emphasizes services, quality, and large portion sizes.

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 as you indulge in accommodations, ferry tickets, and a food and beverage credit for any Mission Point dining experience. 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.

Kilwin’s Chocolate Kitchen in Petoskey offers an experience like none other. Their chocolate-making guided tours, which take place Monday-Friday, are an authentic sensory and taste experience where you can enjoy delicious free samples- yum!

Located in the heart of Bay View, Petoskey, the 1911 Restaurant in The Terrace Inn has received rave reviews for its freshly prepared food made with delicious ingredients. Enjoy signature items like the planked whitefish, fresh caught and surrounded by duchesse potatoes and broiled tomato stuffed with spinach/artichoke dip.

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.

Glen Arbor is home to the delightful Cherry Public House, where you can enjoy lunch or dinner with a cherry twist! Their fresh and inventive menu features options like the famous Cherry Bacon Marmalade Burger, or the Cherryaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Their creative daily specials will amaze you, and you can even choose from a variety of ales, lagers, wines, and ciders to enjoy with your meal.

Visitors in Bellaire can enjoy Hello Vino, a wine & cocktail lounge featuring wines from around the world including their very own specialty wine cocktails. Their new food menu has tasty options like crostinis, bowls, and charcuterie boards- and don’t miss your chance to grab a spot on their outdoor patio while you can!

Marquette has some amazing local dining options for visitors to savor. From classic American cuisine to a bakery that boasts their “almost World Famous Cheesecake,” and even a unique dining experience with a twist of cinematic entertainment, there’s sure to be something delicious that every palette will enjoy.

In Beulah, Cherry Hut is currently celebrating its 99th season! Serving regional food, including sandwiches, lunch, and dinner all day, they’re most known for their fresh homemade cherry pies, jams & jellies. Grab a seat on their patio and enjoy some yummy treats!

Savor the goodness of Thompsonville’s finest pizza at Geno’s Sportsbar & Grill. They offer mouth-watering dishes at affordable prices and great service.

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

More mouth-watering places to try in North West Michigan and Upper Peninsula

Statewide

Do you #KnowYourMarket? The Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) kicks off National Farmers Market Week August 1 through 7. This nationwide celebration focuses on the essential role farmers markets play in our local food systems and communities as hubs for connection. Markets throughout the state will host special events and unique experiences to celebrate. Get to know your market with a visit, or explore what’s in season in West Michigan and beyond. Find your farmers market nearby at the MIFMA website.