Can't Miss Eats in Saugatuck & Traverse City
My boyfriend and I are planning on exploring Michigan this summer on a road trip--Saugatuck and Traverse City in particular. We are major foodies and like an assortment of cuisines.
I would love to find at least one or two higher end places to dine in each place (where would you go for a celebratory meal or a romantic/nice evening out?), but I'm also interested in more moderate or even cheap eat places...while still maintaining good quality meals and service.
We love Italian, New American, seafood, French, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Asian, and Latin. We have a particular fondness for seasonal cooking. We don't eat a lot of pork, so probably no pig-centric places. But otherwise we are pretty open to anything. We would love to have a variety to choose from. And if there is a great place to grab a Michigan-brewed beer and relax or the best pie in town, please include that as well.
We are planning to be traveling the week leading up to and including 4th of July (I know..it will be crazy).
In addition, if you have any great B & Bs or inns with nice breakfasts and centrally located to downtown Traverse City or Saugatuck that you could recommend, please let me know.
For recommendations in the Saugatuck area, see this topic:
In it, you'll see my strong recommendation and detailed report on Everyday People Cafe in Douglas. This is a wonderful restaurant, one of the best anywhere in Michigan. I've been there a couple of times since the meal I posted about and it was every bit as good as it was then. Note the caveats in my post about reservations and about credit cards. www.everydaypeoplecafe.com
Maybe it's just me but I don't think the Mermaid Bar is all that great. It's a super location if it's a nice day and you can sit outside but as far as food in concerned, I'll stick with Phil's.
Will you be anywhere near New Buffalo down by the Michigan/Indiana border? If so, go to AnnePierre's for the best crepes you can imagine!
As mentioned before, we go every year to Saugatuck; we're fond of Marro's for dinner and Phil's for lunch. Always like to mention the Harbor Duck ride. Corny funny driver, lots of fun and good information about Saugatuck and Douglas.
<"I'm also interested in more moderate or even cheap eat places...while still maintaining good quality meals and service.">
Phil's and Marro's fall into this category. Ditto SonyBob's recommendation.
First time eating at Wicks Park last night. Used to be Billie's Boathouse, across from the chain ferry. Think they've been open about 8 mos or so... I know they were at Taste and heard good things about their fish tacos from that.
Shrimp po'boy was tasty although not a lot of shrimp. Hand cut fries were crisp and hot. One of my table mates had the chicken finger appetizer as entree. Nice chunky chicken, good looking batter and he took probably 2/3 home with him. Rave's over the turkey burger. Another friend said the carbonara is really good although the menu description sounds more alfredo-y; they offer 1/2 orders of their pasta dishes and he said a 1/2 is more than plenty for $7. Most entrees are in the $11-13 range up to maybe $23.
The bar area is really nice.
re: Scott D
Cook's House in Traverse City --- small, use only locally sourced products. No reservations. Best meal I've had this year...cozy, informal, tiny kitchen turning out just wonderful food. BYO OK-- so go to Two Lads on Old Mission and get a bottle to take. Really, this is a don't miss stop.
439 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49686
re: coney with everything
Wow, *great* article! McLean & Eakin is every bit as enjoyable as it sounds (and I find the used bookstore/bus stop down the road equally as much fun. It's called 'The Book Stop')
Speaking of pie... Crooked Tree Breadworks has some nice varieties. I haven't stopped in a couple of years, but House of Pies (outside of Petoskey in Oden) has always had a great selection of homemade pies as well. These would be worth seeking out rather than settling for Grand Traverse Pie Company's frozen, flavorless pies. Now, where to find the best pie in Traverese City...