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Ignatz Oct 6, 2010 06:58 AM

My wife and I are staying in South Haven for our anniversary in a couple of weeks. Looking for a really special dinner experience in the area. My wife does not eat red meat or pork but fish/seafood and dairy are fine. Romantic setting (i.e. lake view) would be a plus, however food quality is obviously Priority #1. We love a great value but for this occasion might be willing to say "price-no-option" for somewhere really, truly unique and superior (a la Tapawingo, for those who have had the privilege). Appreciate any help!

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    Scott D Oct 6, 2010 02:46 PM

    You'll get a lot of both

    http://www.everydaypeoplecafe.com/

    http://www.saltoftheearthfennville.com/

    Consistency has to go to EPC at this point. Probably won't go wrong at either. Personally? EPC, Matt was one of the first people I met when I moved here in '93.

    1. nsxtasy Oct 20, 2010 12:51 PM

      I've been to Everyday People Cafe a bunch of times, and it has always been absolutely superb. The one thing I'll add, though, is to go early; they don't take reservations, and waits can be lengthy. When I was there last week, on a Thursday, we walked right in at 5:30, but by the time we left around 7, the wait for a table was 60-90 minutes. Yes, on a weekday, in the off season.

      I wrote a detailed report in the Saugatuck topic at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/413534 and it's still as applicable (and the restaurant is still as great) as it was when I wrote it.

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      Everyday People Cafe
      11 Center Street, Douglas, MI 49406

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        DRN0001 Oct 21, 2010 03:11 PM

        SOTE has been consistently good for us -- we've been a dozen or so times since it opened. Interesting food, very solidly done (generally). sometimes they haven't quite mastered the wood burning brick oven, so some pizzas have dissappointed.

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        Salt of the Earth
        114 E Main St, Fennville, MI 49408

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