Picture this- you’re in the UP checking out some great sites when you are in the mood for some great eats. We at Think313 have you covered! Here’s some of the best places for to get your chow down during your vacation far up north.
Darrow’s Restaurant (Mackinaw City)
This all American style diner might not look like much but has been given the People’s Choice Award for the past 5 years. The family style restaurant serves anything from classic breakfast foods to a whitefish-featured dinner menu. Save some room for dessert, too! Word on the street is that their desserts are a hit.
Nonna Lisa (Mackinaw City)
Known for their Italian dishes in the center of Mackinaw City, the rustic style ristorante has anything from plates of pasta to pizza. Did we also mention they have an espresso bar and Italian sodas?
Gustafson’s Smoked Fish Inc (Brevort Township)
If you’re on your way further into the UP, 27 mi Northeast from Mackinaw City you’ll stumble across this 40-year-old smoked fish shop. We’re guessing that you’ll know you arrived at the right location by smell. But if fish isn’t your thing, Gustafson has plenty of jerky options for you to take with you.
Lehto’s Pasties (St. Ignace)
If there’s one thing that the UP is notorious for, it’s going to be pasties. Built in 1947, this famous “hot pocket”-esque roadside shop has been around for…a bit. Take a break from your long drive, grab some pasties and get a glimpse of what history really tastes like.
North Star Brick Oven Bakery (Newberry)
What better way to start your morning than to…eat a cinnamon roll, right? 14 mi Southwest from Tahquamenon Falls, carb up by stopping here to pick up your favorite pastry. If sweets aren’t your thing before a big hike up to see the falls, grab a loaf of freshly baked bread instead.
Tahquamenon Falls Brewery and Pub (Newberry)
After your long day of hiking to see one of the largest waterfalls in east (of the Mississippi), cool off with an ice cold beer over at the local brew house. The rustic microbrewery on the outskirts of the national park (approximately 4.8 mi Southwest from Tahquamenon Falls), circulates their beers through out the year but will always have a quantity of four options on tap.
Legs Inn (Cross Village)
About 21.7 mi Southwest from Mackinaw City, Legs Inn was built in 1925 by Polish autoworker and is now home to some of the most classic Polish dishes like kielbasas and pierogis.
With an everchanging from-scratch menu, you never know what you can expect when you’re walking into this establishment. What you can always count on is the German/European-inspired dishes coming from kitchen in support of local farmers. If the venisonwurst, jager schnitzel, or pan-seared duck breast doesn’t convince you, maybe the 50+ local beers they always have on hand, will.
Need more ideas for your travels? Check out our list of places you should check out while vacationing in the UP.
By Victoria Tsai
Social Media Coordinator at JMJ Phillip Group