Very colonial atmosphere inside with very friendly staff. Clean & not too crowded inside. Place was busy but not noisy at all.
Favorite Dish: Portabello "burger" was awesome. Grilled squash & humus along with lettuce & tomato made the dish very yummy & different. For the upscale dishes it wasn't too pricey compared to the other restaurants on the island.
Mighty Mac is more or less a local McDonald's/Burger King type of place. The food is good, service is really fast, and the menu is fairly varied (burgers, fish sandwiches, fries, hot dogs, and breakfast sandwiches make up the bulk of it). It's not an upscale place, but it gets the job done and they are located on the water, so you can sit and view the harbor.
Favorite Dish: Sandwiches are all good, curly fries and Macaroni & cheese fries are supposedly really great. Loaded hot dogs and breakfast sandwiches have gotten rave reviews from friends.
The Irish Pub is a great place for laid-back fun. They have oodles of paraphanilia involving the Irish, and there is often live entertainment. This is quite possibly my favorite restaurant on the island, just because of its lively atmosphere and the friendly wait staff. It's even one of the few restaurants open during the winter, and the people there are as cheery in December as they are in July.
Favorite Dish: The Potato Soup in a Sourdough Breadbowl-- their potato soup is amazing (in true Irish fashion) and the breadbowl is just an added bonus. I've been eating this for years and it hasn't gotten old; in fact, it may have gotten better.
The Gate House has moderately good food, but their menu is pretty limited and the food is overpriced. This restaurant is owned by the Grand Hotel, so the menu is also fairly interesting and includes some unique items, but there's really nothing special about this place besides its location. It is located near the Grand Hotel and has a great outdoor dining area.
Favorite Dish: Turkey Burger and Calamari were both pretty good.
This is the place to go if you're feeling peckish and want something quick and relatively cheap. It's located on the Arnold Dock, a little bit off the main strip and right on the water, where you can watch the ducks paddle around. It's an outdoor, awning-covered patio with a window where you order and pick up food, which includes sandwiches, wraps, fries, personal pizzas, Italian Ices, frozen lemonade and the like. It's laid-back and a good spot for lunch.
NOTE: Park your bikes on the street, not on the docks next to the restaurant. They will likely be impounded if you leave them on the docks (due to the hazards posed to work horses).
Favorite Dish: Most of the sandwiches are good, and I know people who swear by the frozen drinks. It's essentially 'normal' food, with no funny spices or other surprises, so anything you like elsewhere is a safe bet.
J.L. Beanery is a fantastic place to start your morning, grab a bite to eat, or get an iced drink when the afternoon heat sets in. It is right next to the marina underneath the large yellow Bay View Inn, and it has wide windows that showcase the harbor. It has Wi-Fi connection, and you can sit inside or out as long as you like. Starbucks unfortunately recently came to the island, but its familiarity is no match for the unique experience you will get at the original Mackinac Island coffeehouse. Please support local businesses!
This fine restaurant is located at the base of the Grand Hotel. Outside dining is wonderful for people watching - and horse watching. Many weddings take place across the street at St. Anne's and the road carries the fine buggies up to the Grand Hotel, which means that you will see the best of the best for attire and grandeur.
Favorite Dish: I enjoy the hummus plate - light, yet filling and flavorful. I am a lover of soups, as well, and their clam chowder holds its' own.
They present dishes that are on the upside of what you would expect for this resort. The dishes looked good and were well presented. I think they may be too much on the high end for the crowd.
Favorite Dish: Just plain old hamburger was fine with me.
Mackinac Island is remarkably free of the kind of chains that have "leveled" most sections of America, from Key West to Fairbanks. Until now, that is. Starbucks has landed here - in a storefront operation on Main Street. Well, why not? At least they don't sell fudge - not yet, anyway.
Mackinac Island's newest restaurant is bringing a little Euro-flair to the west end of Main Street, and I can highly recommend it. The emphasis is on local ingredients and tasty grilling, paired with a broad selection of interesting wines and beers. I had the house speciality, wood-fired chicken with mashed potatoes, and it was excellent!
The patio overlooks the harbor and is quite nice. Prices are a little higher than other "casual" places on the island, and rather significantly higher than they would be on the mainland, but if you want to have a nicer meal this is a good option.
One touch I really liked: everyone gets a bag of fresh hot bread! I've never seen bread served in a bag before.
A simple but satisfying meal can be had at the Yankee Rebel Tavern, just up from the ferry docks on the Island. The Yankee Rebel is reminiscent of a urban "corner bar & grill" with food and beverage options a notch or two above the average. Fresh salads and soups complement fish, beef and chicken entrees on the menu. Service is friendly and efficient too - this is relatively high volume business, but it runs remarkably smoothly. On my last visit here, I had a great conversation with the bartender who was a real expert on local history!
The Yankee Rebel is so named in honor of Ambrose Davenport (1772-1858), a stalwart American patriot who was imprisoned by the British occupation of the Island during the War of 1812 for his refusal to proclaim allegiance to the English Crown. Way to go, Ambrose!
Very nice setting on the water and very good food. We did not expect the food to be so good. This place is on the back of the island and the only place to get anything other than downtown. The burger was great and we had deep fried pickels (sounds gross but they were super)
Favorite Dish: The fries burgers and deep fried pickels were super
We had a great lunch at the Cannonball. It was a very plesant suprise to find such good food on the back side of the Island. They offered a good selection, we had a UP. Pastie and a unbelivable hamburger then we tried there Deep Fried Pickels, you will not belive it untill you try them (GREAT). Very friendly staff that answered our questions about life on the Island and reasonably priced. We will make this our lunch spot when we return. Give it a 10.
Favorite Dish: the pastie was fresh and moist, not dry like I have had before. The burger was Angus Beef and big. Fries were long and just right. The deep fried pickles sounded wierd but another couple said we should try them and we are glad we did.
Working at the bookstore, one of the most common questions I was asked was, "Which place has the best fudge?" There are roughly five different companies, and each have been voted 'the best' by various newspapers around the state. Well, my personal favorite is Joann's. They have some of the best flavors (which you can get free samples of, if you're tricky enough), and it's creamy, not dry like many other types.
One general tip: steer clear of fudge stores run by hotels. The fudge is not their only claim to fame, so they don't put nearly as much effort into their product, and many find the fudge far too dry and overpriced.
Favorite Dish: The fudge. Or the ice cream. I can't even tell you which flavors, because I like them all.
I have always wanted to go to the Grand Hotel for a "special" dinner. My husband and I went to Mackinac Island for our 1 year anniversary. We decided to have our anniversary dinner at the main dinning room. We read up on the hotel and the dress code and we knew going in that it would be an expensive meal. We figured it would be a once in a lifetime experience. How right we were, we will never go back. Once in a liftime was plenty. To begin, we "dressed up" as the hotel's web site stated that women wear their finest couture and the men were dinner jackets and ties. Unfortunatley no one else seemed to be aware of the dress code. We approached the dinning room and were asked for our room key, as we were not staying in the hotel, we explained we had only come for dinner. Their began our odessy of being treated like second class citizens. We paid the $150 charge at the door, and were given a hot pink dinner ticket which we had to present to our waiter. We were seated and our waiter asked if we wanted any thing to drink. We ordered ice tea. Our waiter explained there would be an additional charge for the tea. We just paid $150 and tea is not included? We agreed to pay the additional charge and were given our menus. Salad to start. Two pieces of iceburg lettuce, one grape tomato, one cruton and half a table spoon of dressing. I ordered the crab stuffed white fish and my husband had the filet mignon. The whitefish was about the same caliber as the local Red Lobster and the filet mignon was right up there with the salisbury steak at Ponderosa. Not exactly fine dinning. The only good thing about the entire meal was the coffee at the end, it was very good, not $150 good, but good. No drink refills were offered. After desert and coffee, we waited for the bill for our $2.00 ice teas and they never came. Our waiter stood across the room and watched us the entire time, but never came back to our table. We finally left the dinning room with out paying for our ice tea, but only after waiting about 30 minutes.