When we were at the marina in 1999, it was recommended that we eat at the Vierling Restaurant, which was an easy walk from the marina. This restaurant has an antique bar, and stained glass windows and is housed in a restored l883 saloon and contains a microbrewery. We ate here twice during our stay, and although it came highly recommended from more than one local sailor we found that some items were outstanding, while others were not very good. The shrimp and whitefish were excellent, and the salad dressing was very good. The beef and soup, however, were poor. To be fair, I must say that EVERYONE who recommended this restaurant said to get the whitefish, which is their specialty. There were about five different choices of whitefish on the menu. I had an outstanding Whitefish Almandine, which had a bourbon white sauce, white mushrooms, and was topped with almonds. My husband had Cajon shrimp, which he said was also excellent. The first time we went, however, my husband was in the mood for a steak and I wanted the prime rib---we should have listened to our fellow sailor’s fish recommendation, as the meal wasn't very good. Since then, I have also had a friend say they didn't like the chicken meal they had at the Vierling, as it was dry. Be aware that the Vierling is closed on major holidays and Sundays.
Favorite Dish: Get the fish, or get shrimp. If you want anything else, choose another restaurant.
More than just a muffin company, Babycakes has something for everyone. Sure, they offer dozens and dozens of muffins made fresh each day. But, don't forget the home made granola, bread, sandwiches, wraps, crustless quiches, and salads. Everyday there is at least one kind of muffin that is WFGF (Wheat Free Gluten Free) and vegan muffins every other day. You could never tell that the WFGF is any different by taste. Call ahead to see what the specials of the day are or to order muffins in advance. There are many different kinds of bars as well. You can eat at the quaint cafe with a monthly art exhibit or take out to enjoy at home. After 5 PM muffins are 2 for 1 if you get them to go. In the summer you can eat outside and "people watch" in historic downtown marquette.
Favorite Dish: Everyday there are Sour Cream Chocolate Chip, Almond Poppyseed, Apple Crunch, Blueberry, Bran Date Nut, and Oat Bran along with the other daily muffins such as Triple Chocolate, Pumpkin Deluxe, Various fruits, and many more. There are always two soups, one of which is always vegetarian and lots of time vegan. Popular soups are Curried Carrot, African Sweet Potato, Cream of Mushroom, Vegetarian Chille among many others. The sandwiches usually include Tuna and Egg Salad made on homemade bread. Other sandwiches are fresh vegetables or portabello mushroom on fresh foccacia bread. Wraps usually include the carrot hummus made with homemade hummus. A full espresso menu is also available. The specialty drink is the carmalatta which is a macchiato made with homemade caramel. The birdseed bar is a unique tasty treat. Caramel pecan bars with homemade caramel are a hit. And the brownies are a classic. Don't gorget the award winning bread pudding. Warmed up with a little whipped cream on top :). The cinnamon rolls are huge and delicious warmed up as well. All of the unique juices you love but can't find anywhere else are here.
The Upfront and Company restaurant serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 2:00A.M. In the summer it is also open on Mondays, 11:00 A.M. to 11:00 P.M. The late hour is due to the fact that this restaurant also operates as a nightclub. For lunch you can find appetizers such as Hot Crab Dip, Nachos Grande, Calamari, Quesadillas, and a Sampler Platter of various vegetables and chicken. Further lunch offerings are salads, soups, sandwiches, wood fired pizzas, calzones, and other entrees such as salmon, pork chops, shrimp, and ravioli. Dinners include many of the same items, plus more entrée choices including steaks. On Friday nights Upfront features a Fish Fay with your choice of Cajun Whitefish, Fried Perch, Fried Cod, or Baked Cod. No personal checks are accepted at Upfront, but you can use a variety of charge cards, and of course cash is always accepted.
We ate here as it came highly recommended by friends, whose culinary tastes I trust. I have to say, however that both my husband and I found it very average. I had Coconut Shrimp, and in all fairness I have to say the quality of the shrimp was good, and the panco breading wasn’t too heavy. It didn’t, however, have much of a coconut flavor. I tend to compare Coconut Shrimp with my all time favorite, the Coconut Shrimp served up in the Florida Everglades, and my husband’s, who developed an excellent recipe. Upfront wasn’t as good as either. This restaurant seems to be quite popular, however, so maybe I just got the wrong item off the menu.
Chocolay, it sounds like it is full of Chocolate items, but the name has nothing to do with Chocolate. There is a Chocolay River (the restaurant isn’t on it) in the Marquette area, and a number of things, including a golf course and a quary are named Chocolay. The Cafe is open from 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday – Saturday, and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner at reasonable prices. In fact, you can get breakfast at any time of the day if you wish. Their bakery items are made from scratch, as are their soups, chili, and pot roasts. For breakfast you can choose from such items as eggs, breakfast sandwichs or wraps, pancakes, French toast, and oatmeal. A few of the possible lunch choices are salads, grilled chicken, sandwiches and wraps, two styles of hamburgers, steak burger, rib-eye sandwich, pasties ( a traditional U.P. food), soups, and a tuna salad sandwich. For dinner you might enjoy the pot roast, chicken breast entries, steak, ham, or shrimp. Chocolay also features fresh baked breads, muffins, and brownies.
A local couple, who we met in Marquette last time we were docked in the harbor, highly recommended The Coffee Cup to us. This building, once an automobile showroom, has been tastefully redone and turned into a family business, which has become a popular breakfast and lunch café with the locals. The Coffee Cup serves such things as Café Moka, a mixture of expresso, cocoa, and whip cream; yogurt parfaits, crumb cake with whip cream, cinnamon rolls, pies, muffins, cakes, cookies, and a variety of other sweet rolls. We were also told that you purchase a very good light lunch of home made soups and wraps at The Coffee Cup. We never got over there to try the lunch, be we did have a breakfast here. I had a blueberry crumb cake, which was tasty, and of great quality, but very sweet. My husband also said that his choice was very sweet. Compared to the scones we had at Baby Cakes, we found our breakfast to be sweeter than we normally like. So, if you have a sweet tooth, and want to hang out with the locals, this is definitely the choice for you. Their motto is, Sit long and Drinks lots!, and I must say that there seemed to be a number of locals lingering over their coffee and bakery item.
Some friends of ours who have a summer cottage near Marquette just love “Babycakes”. We have occasionally treated ourselves to a breakfast of sweet rolls at Babycakes, and found it quite good. Established in 1988, they advertise that they have sold over a million muffins. This is a bakery with a few tables where you may enjoy a breakfast or lunch. Babycakes offers brownies, breads, muffins, and other baked goods, as well as specialty coffees and teas, a soup-of-the day, and some sandwiches. So, if you are in the mood for a bakery treat for breakfast, or a light lunch, hang out with the locals at Babycakes.
Surprisingly good barbecue at The Union Grill. They've added steak fries since their opening, which greatly improved the experience. Simple sandwiches to racks of ribs. All meat smoking done on the premises. The deserts are varied and tasty. If you want a sample of the meats, the three meat combo is good. If barbecue isn't your thing, the grilled chicken sandwich is a favorite of my wife here.
Favorite Dish: I love the North Carolina pork sandwich. The vinegar sauce is tangy and a nice change in barbecue.
A new restaurant venture by Terry Doyle, proprietor of the successful Vierling Restaurant. The Union Grill specializes in soups, salads and sandwiches. You place your order at the counter, the food is prepared fresh, and then brought to your table - it's part fast-food, part sit-down restaurant. The Union Grill specializes in barbecue, with its own smoker on the premises.
The restaurant sells beer and wine as well as soft drinks and really good iced tea.
Favorite Dish: I like the barbecue chicken and pork sandwiches. The soups are always good as well.
Wow! Great Pad-Thai to go. And I love the almond spring rolls. Stop in and chat with Aoy for a while - she's a doll. Tell her "the professor" sent you!
And I'm not making this up: Lonely Planet USA says that the Rice Paddy here in Marquette has the best Pad Thai in the USA.
Closed on weekends.
A good variety of Szechuan/Hunan favorites, more attention being paid to individual dishes than at some of the other Chinese places in town. Mild to Spicy, and they can make any entree as hot or not as you wish. I like to order around the menu, but I always come back to the Kung Pao Chicken.
Lunch is a good deal here. They have those lunch specials where you get egg drop or sweet and sour soup, two of those Crab Rangoon things, and a decent entree for about seven dollars. Dinners are a little, but still good value.
Best greasy food in town, a college hang-out, the locals like it too, Thursday night music by Jim and Ray, Friday night Fish-Fry. The founder of the restaurant was Greek, so there are some unexpected Greek specialties on the menu, including Dolmados, spanikopeta, and an excellent Greek Salad. Good pizza, too. And quite inexpensive.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Bacon Swiss Sandwich with Waffle Fries
This is a popular hangout for "eastside" Marquetters and the college crowd. One of the nifty things about Marquette is the mile long section of Third Street that is known as "the Village." People who live on the east side of town (like Yooperprof) love to stroll up and down the street. It's a practical place - not one of those cutesy twee touristy neighborhoods - but "the Village" has a great pedestrian feel to it and is refreshingly free of national chains and cookie-cutter franchises. Stop in Third Street Bagel to get a feel for the heart of Marquette.
Favorite Dish: Tempting Turkey on an Onion Bagel, or the Village Veggie on the Works
Babycakes is the muffin bakery of choice in the upper peninsula. The location is great - right across the street from the Federal Court House and Post Office. Babycakes has excellent service, good coffee, and a warm interior. At lunchtime, Babycakes serves very good soups and salads.
Favorite Dish: Muffins: Almond poppyseed and Banana Chocolate Chip;
Soups: African Sweet Potato and Broccoli Cheese
Regular Art and Crafts Exhibits on the walls, a no-smoking, natural foods environment, friendly service. Hearty breakfasts, tasty soups, interesting dinner entrees representing a mix of cuisines.
Favorite Dish: For breakfast: Spinach and Feta Omelette, with Three-seed toast and curry potatoes; for lunch, the Amish Blue Salad; for dinner, chicken curry or veggie lasagna
Very friendly owner. The only problem is that you can't eat inside-- it's for pickup only, (although you can call in and order). But the WONDERFUL food is well worth it!!!
Favorite Dish: Sweet and sour chicken, Ham and chicken rolls. (SOOOO goood!!!)