A Michigan Foodie Adventure You Have to Experience in Person

Food is an essential part of every vacation, especially when you spend your entire day enjoying all of the fantastic adventures in the Wolverine State. These Michigan foodie experiences are the best way to cap off a great day in big blue. After all, you don’t have time to be hungry with so many things to explore. Don’t forget to request our free Michigan Vacation Guide to help plan out your entire itinerary!

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The Best Foodie Spots to Visit in Michigan

Upper Peninsula

While you are exploring the UP, take a look at one of these great restaurants in between hiking, stargazing, and fishing in the gorgeous Upper Peninsula.

Upper Crust Cafe Bakery & Deli

The Upper Crust Cafe Bakery & Deli is one of the best restaurants in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to grab a sandwich in between outdoor adventures. Soups, salads, wraps, and breakfast items are also available at this waterfront deli.

Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery

For a truly unique dining experience in the UP, head to Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery. This Louisiana-themed eatery hidden in the heart of downtown Marquette serves up tasty authentic bites like fried alligator, gumbo, po’ boys, and jambalaya.

Harbor Haus

If you’re staying up in the Eagle Harbor area, head north to Copper Harbor for a unique and exciting dining experience. The Harbor Haus Restaurant features upscale dining on the shores of Lake Superior. German and Austrian flavors are evident with an abundance of meat and potatoes dishes on the menu.

Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan is brimming with unique breweries, exciting lake activities, and great restaurants for every occasion.

Stiggs Brewing Company

Tasty food options and locally brewed beer are the main draws at Stiggs Brewing Company. This quaint pub has an incredible menu, featuring items like smoked ribs and The Mighty Mac.


PepeNero is perfect for a romantic date night with your special someone. This trendy Northern Michigan restaurant serves up savory Italian dishes with a twist in a former chapel.


Grabbing a healthy bite to eat in Northern Michigan is easy at this small eatery in Cheboygan. Nourish offers gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and vegan options for breakfast and lunch. They also have a gourmet bakery and a yoga wellness studio!

West Michigan

Known for its sandy beaches and new American cuisine, West Michigan is a great hub for all things fun and new.

Brewery Vivant

Grand Rapids is home to a plethora of West Michigan’s top breweries, but this one arguably provides one of the most unique experiences. Step inside of the doors to this former chapel for a taste of Michigan Farmhouse ales that are evocative of Belgian and French Trappist brews. Brewery Vivant’s menu is full of tasty French fare that pairs perfectly with their beers. If you only have time to visit one brewery in Grand Rapids, make this your stop.

Stray Dog Bar & Grill

If you want to enjoy New American fare at a well-lit, waterfront dining room, you’ll want to add The Stray Dog Bar & Grill to your list of West Michigan restaurants. Their menu is full of gourmet burgers, tacos, sandwiches, and pizzas along with an extensive selection of local craft brews.

Salt of the Earth

The charming block of downtown Fennville is home to this rustic-chic eatery. Salt of the Earth offers a delicious selection of seasonally inspired dishes like pan-seared walleye, stuffed chicken, and a variety of wood-fired pizzas.

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