Dazzling Dishes of Northeast Michigan
1. Pinconning Cheese Company
221 North Mable Street
Pinconning, MI 48650
Pinconning Cheese is the "Cheese Capital of Michigan" due to its famous cheeses. They offer over 100 flavors and styles of cheeses, which will make you cheese lovers feel like you are in heaven. Along with their amazing assortment of cheeses they sell fish, homemade Amish pasta, mustards, fudge, Michigan maple syrup, jellies, jams and sauces to name a few. They even offer gift boxes as great presents for the holidays. Stop in and see what makes Pinconning Cheese so famous.
2. Tipsy Bear Bistro
503 W. Houghton Ave.
West Branch, MI 48661
Ph: (989) 387-2213
Located in the heart of downtown West Branch, Tipsy Bear Bistro offers a cozy, casual atmosphere serving unique and delicious food prepared by their Award Winning Chef, Fred Garcia, and their Sous Chef, Brandon Bentley. Chef Fred and his wife Mary purchased the landmark building formerly known as Rau Tavern in the spring of 2015 and proceeded to create a little, hidden gem, offering culinary delights sure to please everybody's palate, from Pan Seared Scallops and Ahi Tuna to Mexican, American, Greek, Friday Night Perch dinners at 2/$20 and everything in between. Tipsy Bear also has a full service bar with craft beer, domestic beer specialty drinks and over 40 varieties of wine, which is also offered for retail.
3. Charity Island Lighthouse & Dining Excursion
113 Newman St
Big Charity Island
East Tawas, MI 48730
Ph: (989) 254-7710
Dinner on Charity Island at the Lightkeeper's home is a treat. The experience begins when you arrive at the East Tawas State dock where you will board the "Shirley Ann" for the one hour trip to Charity Island. Upon arriving, guests receive a lively 30 minute history presentation before taking the seven minute walk through the woods to the lightkeeper's home. A perfect Michigan dinner is served at the lightkeeper's house along with breathtaking views of Saginaw Bay. Tours of the house are given after dinner and then you head back to the mainland to catch the sunset and enjoy your dessert. Dinner Cruise departures are also available from Caseville, MI.
4. Stoney Acres Winery
4268 Truckey Road
Alpena, MI 49707
Stoney Acres Winery is a small boutique winery located on the Sunrise Side Wine & Hops Trail. They offer a wide variety of amazing wines that can be sampled in their tasting room along with delicious hand-dipped gourmet wine truffles made with Stoney Acres Wines and unique Chocolate Barks made with real chocolate. The winery also loves to encourage beginning brewers and vintners to make their own beer and wine. On site you can buy supplies to help you begin.
5. Alpena Farmers' Market
Alpena, MI 49707
Ph: (989) 356-6422
The Alpena Farmers' Market is located behind City Hall in downtown Alpena. Every Wednesday and Saturday morning in the summer through late October, the market is filled with vibrant colors from fresh produce, flowers, plants, baked goods, herbs, maple syrup, honey, arts and crafts. Vendors come from Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency, Presque Isle and Oscoda counties to bring the very best Michigan produce and products they have to offer. Throughout the year they have special events like Kids Day, Rummage Sale and Antique Day which are fun for all.
6. Knaebe's Mmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm & Cider Mill
2622 South Karsten Road
Rogers City, MI 49779
Ph: (989) 734-2567
Knaebe's is a cozy mom and pop apple farm and cider mill filled with delicious fresh apple trees. Along with the freshest apples in Northeast Michigan they have unpasteurized cider, honey, local maple syrup, spicy apple butter, jams and jellies. Ma's Kitchen has yummy warm bakery items such as apple pies, apple crisp, donuts, muffins and cookies. This is a great place to stop for the family, school tours, or senior tours as it is fun for all.
The Hack-Ma-Tack Inn has been part of the history of Mullett Lake since 1894. They take pride in preparing wholesome, home cooked quality foods for all their diners. You can find a variety of items on their menu such as Crab Cakes, Great Lakes Whitefish Almondine, juicy Prime Rib, Chicken Alfredo, New York Strip Steak and Michigan wine to complement your meal. Not only is the food amazing, but so is the view as it is nestled right on the lake with a beautiful boardwalk for an after dinner stroll. Open spring through summer.
8. Rock River Grille
4653 S. Straits Hwy
Indian River, MI 49749
Ph: (231) 238-2103
Located on the south side of Burt Lake in Indian River is Rock River Grille. one of Northern Michigan's hidden gems serving up great food, great drinks and great "northern hospitality." They offer guests a comfortable and casual atmosphere in a rustic northern lodge that has been a local meeting place for nearly 80 years! Their Chef has created a menu that will entice everyone from comfort food with a flair to exciting European cuisine River Rock Grille has it all.
Bennethum's Northern Inn restaurant is located right across the road from Otsego Lake, which makes dining outdoors in the summer even better. Their menu is filled with culinary delights that are inspired locally and internationally. You can find Escargot to Lake Michigan Perch sandwiches to Mushroom Bisque to Bavarian Weiner Schnitzel. Along with these amazing items you can find salads, pizza, steak, ribs, seafood and yummy desserts. Their menu has a little bit for everyone so you will always leave stuffed. Don't forget to check out their wine list as they offer delicious Michigan wines that go well with their daily happy hour specials.
If you're interested in Michigan beer, be sure to stop at Mt. Pleasant Brewing Co. Their tap room offers ten locally brewed microbrews on tap, complimentary popcorn and peanuts, as well as a delicious soup and sandwich menu. At the tap room you can enjoy a view of the brewery, sit in front of the cozy fireplace, play a game of darts, or watch TV and feel like you are at home. This smoke-free environment is perfect for hosting private parties or special events. Traveling to Mt. Pleasant Brewing Co. is worth the trip.
For more culinary destinations, please visit Bay City Convention & Visitors Bureau; Tawas Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau; Alpena Convention & Visitors Bureau; Roger City Travelers & Visitors Bureau; Cheboygan Area Tourist Bureau; Indian River Area Tourist Bureau; Gaylord Area Convention & Tourism Bureau and Mt. Pleasant Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.