From bakeries and wineries, to brewpubs and farmers markets--you're sure to be pleased with all the culinary delights Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula. Below, you’ll find a sampling of the many amazing dishes, products and beverages of this region. Visiting these quality establishments brings you closer to all that Michigan has to offer.
The west side of the UP offers more than just beautiful scenery, miles of coastline, small friendly towns, or areas for hunting and fishing. You can find amazing and unique dishes such as their famous pasties or the freshest Lake Superior Whitefish. Even with cooler weather the availability of fresh fruit is still seen in Houghton County as they are known for their abundance of U-pick strawberry farms.
Harbor Haus is the perfect spot for a new selection of dishes as their menu changes daily. Their passion, expertise and commitment to serving the freshest foods available make every dish amazing. Past entrees have included Porterhouse Steak with toasted garlic and sautéed mushrooms or Fresh Oysters with spinach, parmesan cheese, bacon, and cream to name a couple. Reading the menu will make your mouth water and the aromas from the kitchen will dance in your nose. Not only is the food worth the stop, but so is the beautiful view of Lake Superior.
“Fine dining in a distinguished atmosphere” is what you will find at Fitzgerald’s Restaurant and Lounge. The restaurant hosts a magnificent view of Lake Superior with deck seating for the warmer days. Fitzgerald’s takes pride in offering delicious menu items every day such as their Lake Superior Whitefish, Jager Schnitzel, Pecan Walleye, burgers, smoked troutpPate, hummus and nachos. To best complement your entrée pair it with a Michigan wine from Fitzgerald’s wine list and your meal will be complete.
The Keweenaw Co-op is a one-stop shop for the freshest Michigan produce and products. Above having the perfect ingredients for your meal they have a delightful deli menu. Here you can purchase sandwiches of all kinds, salads and homemade soups. You can share this great experience with friends and family back home as the Co-op offers custom order gift boxes made from local products. The Co-op prides itself on offering “goods and services that appeal to consumers who have a meaningful sense of environmental and social responsibility and incorporate those values into their buying decisions”.
Keweenaw Brewing Company (KBC) is housed in a rustic barn-wood interior that welcomes all to its cozy atmosphere that includes a large fireplace area and comfy couches. KBC’s taproom always offers their four signature four ales--Pick Axe Blonde, Red Jacket Amber, Lift Bridge Brown and Widow Maker Black. Owners Dick Gray and Paul Boissevain have a profound passion for beer, KBC has allowed them to share with others.
What used to be known as Grama T’s Pasties is now Irontown Pasties. The current owners John & Lori Cizek are excited to be preparing these cozy meals along with bringing new items to the menu. Don’t worry, they still offer great varieties of pasties such as vegetable, spicy, traditional and fruit turnovers. Along with their delicious warm pasties, you can enjoy many flavors of their hand dipped ice cream.
Downtown Marquette is home to the Marquette Farmers & Artists Market every Saturday. The market includes local farmers and growers offering a wide variety of fresh produce, herbs, eggs, meat, baked goods, plants and fresh-cut flowers. Community artisans showcase their work, including hand-made jewelry, stained glass, wreaths, yarns, soaps, wood art, furniture, health and beauty products, clothing, paintings and more.
For more Upper Peninsula culinary destinations, please visit Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau, Marquette Country Convention & Visitors Bureau or the Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association.