Discover the Blue -- Shores of Eastern Michigan Foodie Tour
This leisurely-paced tour of the Blue Water Region takes you on a path through 140 miles of Michigan's eastern shoreline. The air is fragrant with the fresh great lake breezes and scents of coffee houses, bakeries and award-winning restaurants, all are tempting passerby, as they wind their way though the scenic shorelines of the St. Clair River and Lake Huron.
1. Marine City Fish Company Smoke House and Eatery
240 South Water Street
Marine City, MI 48039-1688
The Marine City Fish Company specializes in local fresh fish, featuring fresh walleye, yellow-belly perch, white fish and salmon. Plus homemade pasta, house smoked ribs, smoked salmon, beef tenderloin jerky, gourmet sandwiches and steak burgers complimented by wonderful hand-crafted desserts. They feature Michigan's beer and wines. The Marine City Fish Company's summer patio overlooks the city parks located on the St. Clair River and the hustle and bustle of a small tourist town featuring numerous antique shops.
2. River Crab
1337 North River Road
St. Clair, MI 48079
The River Crab specializes in fresh fish and seafood selections, beef and chicken entrées, homemade pasta, fresh local produce and world-class service. Chef Schneider is committed to bringing you specialty entrees utilizing the freshest seasonal and local ingredients as the seasons unfold. Try one of the local favorites such as Pecan Crusted Whitefish with Sweet potato mash, maple-mustard beurre blanc, Michigan cherry apple-horseradish slaw and asparagus. The restaurant offers a serene view of the St. Clair River accented with the white sails and wakes of the pleasure boats, huge lake freighters and ocean ships. Many guests choose to arrive by boat. The River Crab is noted for its fabulous Sunday brunch and bustling Happy Hour
3. Quay Street Brewery
330 Quay Street
Port Huron, MI 48060
The Quay Street Brewing Company, a unique restaurant, bar and brewery is located on the banks of the Black River in beautiful downtown Port Huron. Quay Street Brewing Company maintains a minimum of six different craft brewed beers on tap at all times. Try Michigan Cream Ale, Quay Street Wheat, Raspberry Wheat, Blue Water Pale Ale, Nutting Better Brown Ale and Black River Stout. Specialty brews vary throughout the seasons. The Brewery also brews homemade caffeine-free root beer and Quay Street vinegar. The vinegar is handcrafted in small amounts starting with their most popular beer "Michigan Cream Ale". While at the Quay Street make sure you try great lunch specials and delicious and affordable dinner entrees, including Lake Superior white fish and fresh salmon.
4. The Atrium Cafe & Ice Cream Parlour
1519 Military Street
Port Huron, MI 48060
The Atrium Cafe has been described by its guest as the most elegant and whimsical restaurant they have experienced. The main dining room is high Victorian, the theatre room is Art Deco, while the outdoor diners enjoy the historical gazebo and award winning gardens. The entire interior of the Atrium has been constructed from salvaged houses and buildings. However, it is the freshly delicious details that owner Gayle Stevens delivers that has earned the Atrium Cafe the designation of being one of Port Huron's number one eating destinations.
5. Weekends...in the city and on the lake
406 Water Street 7266 Huron Avenue
Port Huron, MI 48060 Lexington, MI 48450
(810) 987-8833 (810) 359-3388
Weekends, is a wonderful unique gift shop that carries an abundance of delectable gourmet foods. Find a nice selection of Michigan's American Spoon and Koeze Company peanut butter, plus cheeses and specialty breads from Zingerman's. You will find it hard not to include in your shopping bag Michigan's chocolate covered cherries produced by Cherry Republic along with Michigan's coffees by Schuil plus great condiments and Michigan made pastas and sauces by Elena's. If you are a "foodie" you will tempted to stop at both locations on your path through the Blue Water region.
6. Raven Cafe'
932 Military Street
Port Huron, MI 48060
Feel like unique and tasty oven-baked, grilled or traditional, wrap or deli sandwich, fresh delicious meal-sized salads and great soups and chili? The Raven Café is the perfect stop. The Raven is an experience of multi-faceted cafe atmosphere. The Raven offers the most diverse and high quality espresso, regular and flavored coffees as well as a great variety of flavored smoothies and teas. The atmosphere is eclectic, find colorful tiffany lighting, gargoyles and statuary, a library of antique and classic books and dozens of photographic and poster art prints. Thursday through Sunday nights find musicians from all over Michigan playing a wide range of quality live music. No matter your age, you will find the Raven Café a most unique stop.
7. Vintage Tavern
103 Michigan St.
Port Huron, MI 48060
A treasure discovered, with a décor of fine wood, brick and tin ceilings, located in downtown Port Huron, the new hot spot to dine or just enjoy your surroundings with a flight of wines. Warm hospitality and excellent service, gourmet cuisine in a relaxed casual elegance makes the Vintage Tavern the place to go. Try upscale Domestic Imports, Draft Beers, Specialty Martinis and Wine Flights. A must try is their signature Dill Pickle soup and deep fried asparagus. Compliment each meal with fresh seasonal vegetables and garden salads. A new rooftop deck offers diners a view of the St. Clair and Black rivers. Cuisine and a spectacular view that is unmatched on the shores of eastern Michigan.
8. Mc Callum Orchard, Cider Mill and Winery
5697 Harris Road
Jeddo, MI 48032
Orchards are one of Michigan's favorite attractions. McCallum’s Orchard welcomes you to enjoy some of the finest fruits our state has to offer. McCallum’s has the best cider and doughnuts around, and lots for the kids to do. Enjoy their pumpkin patch, the kid’s zone and the corn maze. They grow their own fresh fruit and you can pick apples, cherries, pears or grapes, or you can buy them in their country store. Taking advantage of all the fresh fruits of the seasons McCallum’s has an Estate Winery producing 11 different wines. Try the favorites, cherry, apple, peach and pear. You can sample upon request. McCallum’s is open from June through mid December. Come out and enjoy Michigan’s bounty.
9. Blue Water Winery, LLC
7131 Holverson Road
Carsonville, MI 48419
Blue Water Winery and Vineyard, with its 20 acres of premium wine grapes, is located a stone's throw from the shores of Lake Huron. Blue Water's most recent awards include two Gold Medals from the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition for their 2010 Cab Franc and 2010 Norton. Vineyard tours and samples of their fine wines are available throughout the summer and fall. Year round you can visit their tasting room at the Lexington Brewing Company and Wine House located at 5475 N. Main Street in Lexington.
10. The VanCamp House
135 North Ridge Road
Port Sanilac, MI 48469
The VanCamp House is an elegant dining experience. When you visit you are guests of owners Andy and Pam Fabian. White linens and wood floors create a warm and welcoming backdrop to a menu always featuring the freshest meats, seafood and produce available. Chef Andy’s goal is to provide the ultimate dining experience for his guests through visual presentation, wonderful aromas and delicious tastes”. Andy’s culinary background makes for creative and enticing dishes that will trigger your taste buds, each entrée paired with a specially selected wine. Ambience, great food, fine wine makes this a culinary experience a must try.
11. The Farm
699 Port Crescent Road
Port Austin, MI 48467-9693
The Farm Restaurant’s love for cooking, and a great atmosphere for dining makes this restaurant a truly enjoyable destination to gather with your family and your food-loving friends. Their goal is to share the experience & enjoyment of cooking ... selling food that makes you feel good and providing services that make you smile. The award winning Farm restaurant offers a creative comfort style menu influenced by seasonal, fresh local produce, homemade desserts and breads. Their menu is filled with fresh local ingredients and delicious dishes such as the Spicy Crab & Whitefish Tacos, Great Lakes Special Stuffed Whitefish, Chicken & Lemon Thyme Dumplings, BBQ Baby Back Ribs and their amazing desserts.
12. Port Austin Farmer's Market
Lake and State Street
Port Austin, MI 48467
Phone: (989) 738-7600
When you visit Port Austin you will find one of Michigan’s largest Farmer’s Market located in the downtown at the corner of State and Lake Streets, open May 28 thru October 15 every Saturday from 9 -1. Over 150 vendors featuring produce, flowers, baked goods, art, antiques, crafts and entertainment.