From our Community: What’s your Favorite Place in Michigan to get Comfort Food?

As temperatures drop, it’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with friends and family and enjoy your favorite comfort foods. From the mac and cheese at the Clarkston Union Bar & Kitchen to the chicken at Zehnder’s or Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, there are plenty of places to indulge in your favorite comfort dishes across the state – including a few hidden gems.

We got some great responses over the weekend when we asked fans on our Facebook page: “What’s your favorite place in Michigan to get comfort food?” Here are some comments we wanted to share. Thanks to everyone who responded!

xochimilcos in Mexican town in Detroit.” – Alex Gurne

“Chicken Jalapeno soup at Art’s in Glen Arbor!” – Aline Levanen Gauss

“The best breakfast comfort food is at Suomi’s, in Houghton, way up in da UP. Traditional Finnish breakfast and regular breakfast foods. All. SO. GOOD.” – Olivia Zajac

RUB BBQ across from Comerica park has the best Mac n Cheese hands down.” – Jesse Cahill

Clarkston Union has awesome (gourmet) mac n cheese.” – Patrick Fetterman

“Mac and cheese from Blue Tractor in Traverse City. ♥ it!!” – Chelsea Lyn

Grand Rapids: Hopcat – Killer Mac n Cheese. Tip: add bacon and jalapenos, mmmm!” – Kevin Littlepage

“The Hilltop in L’anse. Cinnamon rolls the size of your head.” – Robert Bruce Brevitz

Central City Tap House in downtown Kalamazoo serves mac & cheese with pork belly. Can’t think of a more perfect combination! Plus vast scotch whisky menu and craft beers.” – Karel Juhl

Slow’s BBQ in Corktown, and the Mac ‘n Cheese at Zingermans Deli in A2 (Ann Arbor) can’t be beat. It’s divine!” – Colleen Smith Adkins

“Besides my own kitchen, DeLuca’s in Lansing.” – Lucy Dionise Platte

Fieldstone Grille in Portage…they have the best pot roast sandwhich!” – Jennifer Zindler

“At home; my husbands meatloaf. It must be why God made cows! And Zehnder’s in Frankenmuth for CHICKEN !!! YAY!!!” – Sarahlynn E Kelly

  • Sue Martens

    Tony’s Country Kitchen in Laurium has the world’s best pasty! She could teach that “Left Coaster” on Mackinac Island about how to do a proper job in pasty making.

  • Nancy Perkins

    Copperstone’s in Waterford has a pretty good pasty.

  • Karol Washburn

    “Gobblers” Restaurant in Gaylord. Thanksgiving day meal everyday..Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, even cranberry!!
    Talk about comfort food. And delicious.

  • Salma Jordan

    LongHorn Steakhouse on Gratiot Ave in Roseville.
    We come from Texas and make it a point to eat
    there a few times before we return. The food is
    fantastic and the ambience I love.

  • Janinne Garrett

    We just had a really good burger at the Bear Bar in Shelby, MI. north of Muskegon.

  • Sue

    The Blue Moon in Ludington has the best Eggs Benedict!

  • Terry Toepp Fike

    The Blue Heron Bakery & Cafe in Cadillac, MI, where they make their own breads, sweet rolls, doughnuts, muffins, and bagels daily. Their salads are fabulous and the daily soup & half-sandwich comes with their fresh bread. The soups are made daily and have delicious flavors and combinations.

  • Marilynn Bachorik

    Audie’s in Mackinaw City! Everything on their menu is great, and whenever I eat there, I know the next thing I’m doing is getting back in the car to drive across the Mighty Mac to the UP on my way to see the Big Lake. Love it!

  • Barb Hansen

    As much as I love Soumi , I don’t get there very often being a troll. The absolutely BEST BURGERS are at Bubba’s in TC. The pretzels and mustard are addicting, too!

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    Emils Buffalo Tavern – Richmond MI.

    Come see us for lunch…the griddle is sizzle, buffalo burgers are cookin’ and we got $2.25 Bud/Lt 24 ouncers to wash em down!!

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    Taco Tuesday Come out for our JUMBO taco or our $1 tacos whichever you’re Cravin’ they’re Delicioso!!!!

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    MmmmmMmmm Buffalo Burgers N $2 Well Drinks! Who’s in?

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    Emils Buffalo Tavern – Richmond MI.

    Big night for Detroit tonight!! Let’s watch them WIN! We’re doin’ it right with 50 cent wings, $6 pitchers and $1 Modified Puckers when Lions or Wings Score! Come join us!

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    Come out & party with us tonight at Emils!!! This friday we got Carolin & Brooke behind the bar along with all our other ladies on the floor!!! We got lots of drink specials & our DJ playin all night long!!! Come on up!

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    Emils Buffalo Tavern – Richmond MI.

    It’s Wednesday which means $2 Well Drinks all day! $2 Pucker Shots too! How about some HOT Dam to warm ya up?

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    Emils Buffalo Tavern – Richmond MI. Or a bowl of Buffalo Chili would do the trick!!
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    Linda Burns If it weren’t so cold I would come over.
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    Mark Sexton The Snow Is Melting In Richmond– It’s Warming Up! And A Hot Dam Will Warm You Even More ! LOL
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    Emils Buffalo Tavern – Richmond MI.

    We would like to thank all the great customers that made our Holidays so special!! And a BIG Thank You for all the donations!!! It was by far the most toys and clothes we have ever received! Thank you all ♥

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    Come ring in the New Year with us!! Drink SPECIALS, FREE pizza at midnight (so we can enjoy being open till 4a.m.), and yes a safe DRIVER if you live within 10 miles!!! Here we come 2012!!!

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    Tracy Peters O man :( I’m so sad I won’t b there.
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    Emils Buffalo Tavern – Richmond MI.

    Drink specials at our New Years Party tonight.. oh & did I mention; if you live within about 10 miles of Emil’s we have a DRIVER for you!!!!!!!!!!

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    Gib Dominguez I suppose that my 2200 miles away would be a bit much to ask, huh?
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    John Dobat

    Hey…The Hackwells thank you for stopping up to see us play in Port Huron…we would love to come play at Emil’s… such a cool place with great staff…
    – john, jeff, and brian.


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