Houghton Restaurants

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    Suomi Restaurant
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    Overdue for a change?
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    Hunan Garden
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    North Shore Grill & The Thirsty Fish Pub: A Restaurant With a View

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Follow the Arrow to the North Shore Grill and Pub

    The North Shore Grill & Pub is located seven floors up at the top of the Best Western Inn, with many of the tables offering a wonderful view of the Keweenaw Waterway. There are also banquet and meeting rooms if you wish to plan a special event. The restaurant has the most gourmet offerings in the area, and serves a variety of different dishes, including steaks, prime rib, fish, seafood, lamb, duck, pork, and pastas. Although they advertise that their main theme is American, you will also find a number of International and Caribbean offerings on the menu. The North Shore also offers a daily chef’s selection of wild game. Last time we were there for dinner, however, we were very disappointed. I had a Wild Mushroom Ravioli which was described has having a rich cream cheese and mushroom filling in black pepper pasta, topped with a sun-dried tomato cream sauce. It sounded great, but was very bland, and the mushrooms were minced so tiny you could hardly find them. My husband had a 12 oz. Ribeye Steak with sauce Robert. It was poorly cut, thick on one side and thin on the other, so that it was impossible to have it uniformly cooked. My husband also said that it was a poor quality. They use to have an excellent prime-rib, but have unfortunately taken it off their menu.

    Within the restaurant you will find the Thirsty Fish Pub, which also serves food. If you choose to eat in the pub, you will find a smaller, and less expensive menu to choose from. We have had a good lunch here, but all we ordered was the Booyah and sweet potato fries. We would go here again for this light lunch.

    The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Saturday, and breakfast on Sundays.

    For samples of their menus, see the web page listed below.

    I have rated this restaurant as most expensive because it is the most expensive restaurant in the area. Compared to restaurants in larger cities, however, this would be rated average for a restaurant with this type of menu.

    Favorite Dish: I always get the Booyah as my soup choice, or as part of a lunch meal. This is a delicious game stew. I also enjoy the sweet potato fried. Once I had elk, which was their chef’s selection of wild game for the day, and it was delicious, but this is not a regular choice on the menu.

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    Suomi Bakery & Restaurant: Finnish Restaurant/American Food?

    by Basaic Written Oct 28, 2010

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    Suomi Restaurant

    Suomi is interesting for several reasons. First, the building was built in 1869 and is very attractive. This is also the #1 rated restaurant in town. I warn you though, the smell of the bread may make you overeat. The name of the restaurant is Finnish, as are the words at the top of each category of food, but the items on the menu are mostly American except for desert. The sandwich I had for lunch was very good, and the staff was efficient and friendly. I heard the breakfast here is fantastic. I highly recommend this restaurant. Almost a 5!

    Favorite Dish: The Hot Meatloaf Sandwich was quite good.

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    Victoria’s Kitchen: A Taste From Various Countries

    by KimberlyAnn Written Jan 30, 2009

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    Victoria's Kitchen

    Victoria’s Kitchen, is open for breakfast and lunch. The prices are very reasonable, and the varied menu will offer you items from America, as well as Greek and Lebanese. The breakfast menu is served all day, and you will find many different types of omelets such as Lebanese, Fiesta, Greek, Fruity surprise, Garden, Western, and six others. You will also have a choice of eggs, pancakes, French toast, and stuffed French toast. They have a Finnish pancake, which is quite different from any Finish pancake I have had in Finnish restaurants. This one is a custard like cake. There are also a number of baked goods and lighter fare such as yogurt, which is made fresh daily.

    For lunch you will find homemade soups; 17 types of sandwiches, both traditional American choices, and unusual ones such as Lebanese style burgers, which are a home made sausage patty, onion, tomato, and hummus served in a pita bread or on a whole wheat roll. There are also about 11 types of Fatays, which have the fillings baked inside a homemade crust, including the traditional U.P. pasty. Victoria’s also offers a variety of salads. For entrees you may wish to have a Falafil, Gyros, Greek Salad, Middle East meat combination plate, as well as meatless combos such as taboule and hummus, or stuffed pita bread.

    The restaurant also offers a menu for small children.

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    Hunan Garden: A Tasty Chinese Restaurant

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Oct 12, 2008

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    The Hunan Garden is my favorite restaurant in Houghton, and is run by Hung Fu, who was born in Korea, and his wife Mah Lee, who was born in Singapore. Hung Fu, believes in using good quality ingredients, and had owned a restaurant for 17 years before coming to Houghton. Hung Fu received his training as a chef in Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Singapore, and because 40% of their customers in Houghton are from China, Taiwan, or India, they try to serve more authentic dishes than you sometimes find in American Chinese Restaurants. You will find a reasonably priced and varied menu including complete dinners that come with soup, appetizers, and entrees. Of course you can also purchase your meal al-la-cart, with a number of soups, appetizers, noodle or rice dishes, vegetable dishes, and main dishes featuring chicken, duck, beef, pork, and seafood. Although there is not a full bar, there are a number of beers and wines to choose from. If you would like something sweet after your main meal, you will find a few desserts, such as Banana in flaming Rum and Apple in Flaming Rum. The Hunan Garden is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM for lunch and dinner, and closed Sundays.

    Favorite Dish: There is so much to choose from, that it is hard to say what is my favorite, but so far I have been very impressed with the Mongolian Beef. I have never really been a Mongolian Beef fan, but it is a favorite of my husbands. I tried some of his the first time we ate at the Hunan, and I fell in love with it. The quality of the meat is excellent, tender, and flavorful, cooked just right. If you like beef, you can’t go wrong with this dish. I had Crispy Shrimp last time I was there, and it was excellent. Many of the dishes are labled as spicy hot, but you can ask to have your dish cooked mild or medium if you prefer.

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    Gemignani’s Italian Restaurant: An Old Family Restaurant

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Oct 12, 2008

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    Gemignani���s Italian Restaurant
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    Gemignani’s was opened in 1982 by Rudy and Celeste Gemignani. In 1994 their son Tony, and his wife Rose took over the restaurant, continuing to serve hearty Northern-Italian style food. Tony’s traditional red sauce is the same recipe that his grandfather and father taught him to make. The small restaurant has a smoke-free, casual atmosphere. The prices are very reasonable, and the food in excellent. You will find a varied menu featuring pizzas, pastas, and traditional chicken entrees such as Chicken Picatta, Chicken Marsala, Alfredo, and Parmigiana. There are also a variety of raviolis, sandwiches, salads, lasagna, shrimp, and homemade Cannelloni, which is a house specialty. If you choose one of the Classic Italian meals, it will come with a choice of garden or Caesar Salad and an Italian crusty roll. Still hungry after your meal? You can top your dinner off a wonderful piece of pie or tiramisu.

    Favorite Dish: My husband has tried a number of items, and has liked everything he has had. Last time we were there he had the Chicken Parmesan and said it was excellent. I am not a vegetarian, but I just love the Eggplant Parmesan. It is delicious! The Ceasar Salad, although not quite traditional, is very good. They use to have a wonderful Shrimp Scampi, but now they only have it as a special every now and then. The shrimp is nicely sautéed in a mixture of garlic butter and olive oil, then served over linguini with a wonderful garlic cream sauce.

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    The Ambassador: Taco Pizza Heaven

    by jaeda Updated Apr 27, 2008

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    A mural at the Ambassador

    The Ambassador is popular among locals and college students. Choose a cozy booth in the main dining area and dine in the ambiance of rich, dark woodwork, green glass antique sconces, and murals of merry men dancing on the ceiling. Remember to bring some change for the jukebox.

    Favorite Dish: Tostada Pizza- My all-time favorite pizza: thin, crispy crust, warm seasoned taco meat, tomatoes, lettuce, taco sauce and cheddar cheese. The best I've tasted!

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    The Library: It just doesn't stack up

    by yooperprof Updated Dec 22, 2007
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    I find dining in Houghton to be a frustrating experience. In spite of the fact that it is a real college town, there is a real lack of decent or interesting restaurant options. "The Library" is part of that frustration. It has consistently disappointed me for several years - with a dull, corporate style menu, mediocre beer, and lackluster service. But because it's one of a very few eating options on the main drag in Houghton - and because it has the same name as a widely popular (and much better restaurant) that occupied this space for many years before a devastating fire in the early 1990s, the Library continues to pack in a sizable crowd of Techies and their families.

    The fare is pretty much the standard bar cuisine that you would find at any other number of bland "food service" restaurants across the United States. Which wouldn't be so bad if the service and the execution were good. At least "The Library" has a decent view - it helps take your mind off how long you have to wait for your food.

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    The Library: A Light Dnner, a Full Dinner, or a Good Beer.

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Dec 17, 2007

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    The Library, the Old and the New Addition
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    I am recommending the Library with reservation. At one time it was one of the bests, however, the quality was disappointing the last time we ate an evening meal there. The sandwiches are quite good, but my husband’s steak was not as tender as he would like, and a little over cooked. Three of us had the nut-encrusted walleye, and we all thought the somewhat coarsely cut nut coating was too thick, and two of us scraped it off. My son's fish was dry, so the quality of the fish is unreliable. The Library is a restaurant, bar, and microbrewery. This restaurant has been in business since 1967. Here you can find a choice of sandwiches, steaks, seafood dishes, chicken dishes, pastas, pizzas, salads, Mexican choices, two vegetarian choices, appetizers, and desserts. And for you beer drinkers there are in house made beers and ale. Don’t care for alcohol? Try their draft root beer.

    Favorite Dish: I love the homemade Jack Daniels Chocolate Chocolate ice cream for the cost of $2.50. Be aware, however, instead of the typical creamy ice cream texture, this in house made ice cream has a light, almost icy texture.

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    The Library: Good Eats, pleasant setting

    by Toughluck Written May 21, 2007

    Tucked away on Isle Royale Street, just a half block below the main thoroughfare is The Library. Not 'the library', that's up hill and a block further west. The Library is a wonderful little restaurant. The building has a long history and you can still see the brickwork, the original beams and the differences between the two buildings that have been joined into this single brew pub.

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    Pilgrim River Steak House: Pilgrim River Steak House

    by jaeda Updated Mar 6, 2005

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    If you're looking for a great dinner in a cozy atmosphere this is it. They offer a variety of steak, seafood,and poultry. If you prefer veggies, they have excellent salads. The food is delicious and filling!

    Favorite Dish: I like the homemade bread that is served with every meal.

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    Library Bar and Grill: Library Bar and Grill

    by jaeda Updated Jan 27, 2004

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    The Library is a quaint little bar and grill located in downtown Houghton with a great view of the Portage canal. After the original restaraunt burnt down in the early 90's, a new building was constructed with a microbrewery attached on the corner of the establishment. It's a great place to come for a sandwhich and soup and a good book. You can even take your pick from one of the various titles they have lying around.

    Favorite Dish: House Soup and French Onion Soup
    House French Fries
    Any of their specials

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    The Ambassador: College-town pizzeria with memorable atmosphere

    by yooperprof Updated Feb 2, 2003
    Yooperprof, stuffed with garlic chicken pizza

    You have to have pizza in a college town - especially in such a quintessential college town as Houghton. The Ambassador is THE place where town and gown gather to nosh. What makes the Ambassador rise above the average collegiate pizzeria is its interesting decor. The restaurant is decorated with intricate murals in what was perceived to be the style of Bavarian biergarten. The building was originally owned by the Bosch Brewing Company of Houghton, alas no longer in business. In summer, there's a beer patio which is an excellent place to observe the boat traffic on the Portage Canal.

    Favorite Dish: Garlic Chicken Pizza!

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    Marie's Deli: Remember to save room for cheesecake!

    by va8eha Written Oct 14, 2002

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    I believe the name may have changed, but I've been told the menu hasn't. An eclectic mix, but primarily Greek influenced menu items : pitas, hummus, fruit omelets ... The restaurant looks small when you walk inside as the kitchen is there, but there's a larger room in back with a view of the canal. They display local artists' work on the walls; one time it was a great collection of photos of laundry hanging on the line. :) It's a great place to meet friends for lunch.

    Favorite Dish: The potatoes are extremely spicy; I've never eaten them without my nose turning red. Love the greek pitas. And their cheesecake is out-of-this-world! It's extremely rich, though, so share!

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    Ambassador Restaurant: Tostada Pizza

    by va8eha Written Oct 14, 2002

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    A fun local restaurant with a great view of the canal from the back room. Bring friends and prepare to stay a while. :) Or, just take a seat at the bar.

    Favorite Dish: Tostada pizza .. chicken, broccoli, and garlic pizza .. subs .. I still remember them all with fondness! Actually, that's pretty much the menu : sandwiches, subs, pizza, nachos, and salads. But their specialty pizzas are great!

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  • Most of the restaurants around...

    by mehollop Written Sep 8, 2002

    Most of the restaurants around town are great, but a few to be certain to stop by are Quincy's in Dollar Bay, the Hut Inn up in Kearsarge, and Steamer's down by Chassel.

    Favorite Dish: At Quincy's, the Friday fish fry is the best. The Hut's Danwich and an apple dumpling will stuff you full, and the grand cuisine at Steamer's is beyond comparison to anything else!

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