Top Lake Michigan Restaurants

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Lake Michigan Bistro.

Sue and I love finding new Lake Michigan restaurants on our jaunts along the coast. You can enjoy small family run establishments (our favs) like the one above, or kick it up a notch and enjoy romantic, gourmet dining.


This is hard to imagine but I remember years ago restaurants used to close for the season. My how times have changed ... now most are open year round. Much to our delight!
I'm checking the menu at Blue Plate Cafe.  Our favorite for a weekend breakfast.

Luckily for us, being close to Harbor Country allows us to visit the southwest Michigan restaurants on a regular basis.

We'll give you our favorites in Harbor Country along with other favorites along Michigan's west coast.


Visit western Michigan restaurants.


There are some northern Michigan restaurants that are must visits when we make the trip.  Local grown to table is the common theme up north.

Aerie Dining Room at the spectacular Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City.

Visit northern Michigan restaurants.


While we always enjoy a fine dining experience, it's really hard to top good bar/pub and cafe food. Sue and I both love fish. Lake Michigan's perch and whitefish is as good as it gets if you're a fish lover.

In my opinion the northern Michigan restaurants are where you'll find the best Lake Michigan whitefish. You'll also find many of the bars, restaurants and cafe's up north offering smelt (my fav), along with the whitefish, perch or walleye. I really recommend you try the fish when dining up-north. 

Enjoy Michigan's beachtown cafe's and pub's.

No matter what your pallete desires, every beachtown will have a restaurant that will satisfy your mood and taste. You'll find the wine menus offering locally made favorites. This usually prompts a visit to one of the local wineries.

If you have a favorite restaurant be sure and contact us so we can tell others.

If you like saving money (who doesn't) when dining out, check out Restaurant.com 


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Froehlichs in Three Oaks Michigan 
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Love Martha's Leelanau Table  
We drive from Traverse City to Suttons Bay at least once a week for the best breakfast on Leelanau Peninsula. Martha is a wonderful host and it's always …

Blue Plate Cafe in Union Pier 
We believe the Blue Plate Cafe in Union Pier Michigan serves up the best breakfast in the area. They make just about everything from scratch and use organic …

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