Regger's Grill: Road Food with a View
White fish is a deep water fresh water fish native to Lake Superior. It is rather mild like trout, but well worth trying. Regger's produces a deep fried or grilled fillet that goes into a hamburger bun. This isn't San Francisco or New York, so just enjoy a basic sandwich. But, the meat is fresh, not frozen. The portable restaurant is easy to find down near the boat docks of Munising.
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Dog Patch: SKip the Dog Patch
We heard from a local that the Dog Patch is the place to go for a meal and that the Whitefish was a must try. Walking in, the place is drab and dark. The tables are set up for 4 and when we walked in with a family of 6, they set my husband and I up at a table and then put our 4 children 2 tables away. Hello! This is a FAMILY vacation, we like to eat meals together. The place is big on the inside, a surprise to me by looking at the outside. There was only 3 other tables being occupied in different areas of the restaurant. The menu is a good read, funny and entertaining names to their dishes.
Favorite Dish: The only good thing in the Dog Patch was the salad bar, and even that had brown lettuce on the bar. For my family of 6, 3 adults and 3 kids 11 and under, the meal came to $130 including a tip. The food was TASTELESS, there was no amount of salt and pepper that could flavor those dishes. The whitefish was served deep fried, with soggy skin still on it. It is not the way we eat in our hometown. We were very fortunate in my meal planning before we left. We only allowed for one night out for a meal and unfortunately, we picked the Dog Patch for our meal out. I say, if you are staying in Munising, and plan to eat out, your best bet is Pizza Hut or Subway because the only other place in town in the Dog Patch...we renamed it Dog Pound.
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The Brownstone Inn: Traditional "Road House" with Northwoods Feel
The Brownstone Inn is a favorite place of mine. It's a classic traditional "Road House" serving simple fare (but tasty) and doubling as a cheerful tavern. Good burgers, chicken sandwiches, basic salads,etc. Oh, and of course a nice whitefish sandwich, too. They also make an excellent spinach lasagna. This place tremendously popular both with locals and with vacationers who come for the beaches, the hiking, the canoeing, the kayaking, the snowmobiling or cross-country skiing.
The Brownstone is located on M-28 about ten miles to the west of Munising. The restaurant is about a mile past the "flasher" (flashing traffic light) in Au Train.
Muldoon's Pasties & Gifts: #1 Pasty in the UP
The pasty isn't a dish peculiar to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but it is certainly done well there -- and, according to a banner I saw in October 2007, Muldoon's has been named the best purveyor of the dish in northern Michigan. A small place which includes miscellaneous tourist kitsch as well as the counter from which comestibles are sold, Muldoon's is just off the main highway, adjacent to Munising Bay, which makes it a convenient stopping point if you're traversing Lake Superior. There ARE things other than pasties on the menu, but you aren't going to want to leave without trying one of these heavy, fragrant melanges of potato, meat, and sometimes root vegetables. My father the Yooper claims you can't eat one without slathering it in ketchup, but fresh, hot pasties are fine just as they are. One of them can easily make two meals.
Favorite Dish: Whatever the filling, the pasties are king!
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Falling Rock Cafe: Recently opened coffeeshop/bookstore
The Falling Rock Cafe serves a real need in Munising. Ideally located on M-28, not far from the dock for the Pictured Rocks Cruises, this intimate, woody, coffeehouse serves brewed favorites and home-bakes goods. It's a good place to stop to pick up a cup of joe before your hike in the woods: really, the coffee is so much better here than at one of those gas stations!!
The Falling Rock also has serves as a locally owned independent bookseller, with a selection of new and used books, particularly those that relate to the local region. Live music on some occasions as well.
- Food and Dining
Dog Patch: Down Home cooking and service
A mid sized and cozy restaurant, the Dog Patch comes with a full bar and attached gift shop. We came for breakfast, which for $6.49 you get an all you can eat breakfast buffet. The service is very friendly, as are the locals!
Favorite Dish: The breakfast buffet was reasonably priced, with an array of dishes including french toast sticks, scrambled eggs, corned beef hash, cubed potatoes, sausage links and ham.
Sydney's: Little bit of everything
The restaurant has a bit of an Australian theme, however their menu will suit almost anyone's taste in cuisine. Fish, pasta, chicken...they have it all! They also have a full bar with a generous list of wines to choose from.
Favorite Dish: Being Italian, I'm not big on Alfredo sauce, however, Sydney's shrimp alfredo was to die for!!
The breaded fish was good too, my brother in law enjoyed it immensely. Portions are generous as well,so a doggy bag was in order for all of us!
Dogpatch: For Your Information Only
Many people seem to eat at the Dogpatch. Since it is the only restaurant I am familiar with in Munising the following is more of a description for your own information than a recommendation. I have only eaten dinner there once many years ago, and I do not remember what my meal was like. I had lunch there the summer of 2002 and had a chicken sandwich—it was awful, the chicken breast had been untrimmed so that there were still pieces of fat on the breast. The place was crowded, however, and many of the people were locals. This restaurant was established in l966, is the only AAA recommended establishment in town, and is a family restaurant with cocktail lounge. Some of the items you will find on their menu are country style breakfasts, hamburgers and other sandwiches, as well as charbroiled steaks. Dress is casual, and the atmosphere is patterned after the Little Abner Cartoon strip.
The Bear Trap: Say hello to Frank (my Dad)
A great place to have a quick, but hearty meal. Very popular with the snowmobilers and also with the hikers from the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The locals swear by it as well, as evidenced by the large mug club collection.
Favorite Dish: Either the pastie (I always get a dozen to bring back with me), or the Friday fish fry.
Upper Peninsula of Michigan: Authentic Pasties
Pasties (past-ees)!! Just like you get in Wales. These meat and potato pies made it to the Upper Peninsula (U.P.). and are still popular with working folks for lunches. Before starting the trail, stock up, they travel well and can be eaten cold, or warmed in the fire.
Favorite Dish: Pasties!! Meat and Potato Pies, in a flaky crust. A good heart meal after a long day on the trail.
Bring your own: Roasting Marshmellows by campfire
When backpacking, you carry your food, fortunately marshmellows are lightweight, and easy to cook. Just build a fire, find a stick and you are good to go.
Favorite Dish: A popular variation is the "s'more". Which is so good you want "Some More". Take a Graham cracker, add a chocolate bar and marshmellow and toast in the fire until the chocolate and marshmellow soften. Sticky fun!!
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