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Recommendations for UP between St. Ignace and Houghton?

I've read the thread on mid-Michigan, which should be helpful for the first stage of our journey. Once we make it to the UP, what's good between St. Ignace and Houghton? I don't know our exact itinerary yet, but we will be spending one night in Houghton. Any really good pastie places or other local specialties? ( I fantasize about encountering a mysterious chef, like Adam in Northern Exposure, but I know the difference between fantasy and reality.)

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  1. There was a pretty comprehensive thread on this topic last summer:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/850948

    Recently Jane and Michael Stern of "Road Food" fame did a piece on Lynne Rossetto Kasper's NPR food show about Marquette's Sweetwater Café. They raved about Upper Peninsula maple syrup, and also about Lake Superior Whitefish, which you will find fresh in many restaurants.

    Since you will be close to the Keweenaw Peninsula, you might want to make a visit to the Holy Transfiguration Monastery and Bakery in Eagle Harbor. The brothers there make the best Wild Thimbleberry Jam that I've tasted.

    1. My recs....in Marquette The Portside Inn, gotta get their bread sticks and cheese dip (legendary!) or Lagnappes (Cajun at it's finest!) Houghton... Joeys seafood for non-fancy fish and chips. The Jampot is the name of the monestarys store, and it is in Eagle River, a little ways from Houghton. Their baked goods are to DIE for!

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      1. re: Lindseyup67

        I recall having a good pasty at Jean Kay's in Marquette several years back. Has anyone been recently? Are they still good?

        1. re: tokyo

          I was at Jean Kay's last month but ordered a sandwich, (which was very good.)

      2. Forgot to add Jasper Ridge Brewery which is about 14 miles west of Marquette. Excellent food and beers!

        1. If you're just looking for a simple lunch to go or take with, I love Togo's in Marquette.
          I always get the #16
          And I'll second the Lagniappe's recommendation.

          1. Try the Library in Houghton or Vangos in Marquette.
            Jean Kays in Marquette is also good. I was in the UP last month but did eat any pastys, (not the biggest fan.)

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            1. re: syrup09

              Vangos does have a Cudighi sandwich - Cudighi being a locally made Italian sausage, definitely a regional speciality.

              There's a lot of local debate about who has the best cudighi in the area. I don't have a dog in this fight, but I do hear Ralph's Italian Deli in Ishpeming and Tino's in Negaunee frequently mentioned.

              1. re: yooperprof

                I can vouch for Ralph's, if cudighi is on one's list of 'must-try'.