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Are there any can't miss places between Michigan City, IN and Muskegon, MI?

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We'll be driving up around the Lake. Is there anything REALLY worth stopping for along that stretch of road (Michigan City, Benton Harbor, South Haven, Holland, Grand Haven, Muskegon, etc)?

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  1. Everyday People Cafe in Douglas.
    Check business hours here:
    http://everydaypeoplecafe.com/

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    Everyday People Cafe
    11 Center Street, Douglas, MI 49406

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    1. re: tokyo

      You beat me to it, so I'll just second the recommendation of Everyday People. For my money it's the best restaurant in all of western Michigan. I posted a detailed report back in 2007 in the Saugatuck topic at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/413534 I've eaten there several times since then and it continues to be superb. Note the caveats in that report - they don't take AmEx; they also don't take reservations, and waits for a table can take a while in season unless you get there early.

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      Everyday People Cafe
      11 Center Street, Douglas, MI 49406

    2. EPC always, rightfully, gets raves (and I don't just say that because the owner came and pulled my Jeep out of a snowdrift after our blizzard this past winter) so I'll go different direction. Depending on when you come through, Douglas has a fun little place called M&M/Blue Star Cafe, it's an ice cream place that also has sit down restaurant with really good lunches.

      http://www.saugatuckdouglas.com/membe...
      141 Blue Star
      Douglas

      1. If you are going through Muskegon, you absolutely must stop at the Hearthstone Bistro.
        You can visit their website at http://www.hstonesoup.com/. Every meal I have had there has been wonderful, and they are well-known for their superb soups. They feature three or four soups every day I believe, and my boyfriend can't get enough of their french onion soup. The waitstaff is always awesome too. I worked in restaurants for seven years in many different positions and I have high expectations when it comes to service and the Hearthstone has never let me down. If you will be there on a weekend you may want to make a reservation beforehand. My boyfriend and I drive over an hour to get to the Hearthstone Bistro for special occasions because it is just that good. They also have a very nice outdoor patio area.

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        Hearthstone Bistro
        3350 Glade St, Muskegon, MI 49444

        1. If you happen to be passing by New Buffalo around lunch time, pop in and experience PierreAnne crepery. It's a small place owned by, of course, Pierre and his wife Anne and it's wonderful. The savory crepes are out of this world. I'm a meat and potatoes guy and I rave about this place to anyone I can! Please consider it; you won't be sorry.
          Bob