Restaurants in Michigan

Really, there are two Michigans: the Upper Peninsula, a rugged natural landscape that is home to the savory meat pie known as a pasty (say pass-tee), as well as to superb Lake Superior seafood; and the southern part of the state, aka “mitten” (shapewise). Down here you will find roadside produce stands throughout the fertile farmland as well as drop-dead delicious pies made from locally grown cherries and apples. Michigan’s big cities are something else altogether: polyglot places rich with raffish hot dog stands and burger joints as well as ethnic eateries from around the world. The University of Michigan’s presence makes Ann Arbor a notably good place to eat, whether world-class sliders, sophisticated foreign fare, or bakeries and delis that are second-to-none.

Michigan’s Most Famous Dishes

Opened pasty shows moist beef, potatoes, rutabagas

Pasty

A basket of six hot donuts: plain, powdered sugar, cinnamon

Donuts

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato

Sandwiches

Open-face sandwich is topped with four different kinds of melty cheese

Cheese

Michigan’s Best Restaurants

Gustafson’s Smoked Fish and Beef Jerky - Smoked Lake Fish
Gustafson’s Smoked Fish and Beef Jerky

MI

Moomer’s - Turtle Sundae
Moomer’s

TRAVERSE CITY, MI

Jefferson Market

ANN ARBOR, MI

Yesterdog

GRAND RAPIDS, MI

Dobber’s Pasties

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI

Schlenker’s Sandwich Shop

JACKSON, MI

Suomi Home Bakery & Restaurant

HOUGHTON, MI

Whitefish fillet with corn and rice
Sweet Water Cafe

MARQUETTE, MI

Zingerman’s Roadhouse

ANN ARBOR, MI

Two thick slices of well-buttered raisin toast
Angelo’s

ANN ARBOR, MI

Irontown Pasties

NEGAUNEE, MI

Jampot

MI

Lawry’s Pasty Shop

ISHPEMING, MI

Zingerman’s Deli

ANN ARBOR, MI

Toni’s Country Kitchen

CALUMET TOWNSHIP, MI

Crossroads Lounge

MARQUETTE, MI

Cousin Jenny’s

TRAVERSE CITY, MI

The Raven Café

PORT HURON, MI

Bogey’s Bar & Grill

FORT GRATIOT TOWNSHIP, MI

Palms Krystal Bar and Grill

PORT HURON, MI

A giant slice of cherry pie occupies a full plate and is topped with a half-pint of vanilla ice cream.
Cherry Hut

BEULAH, MI

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