Salt of the Earth. Fresh, local, farm to table dining. Dishes are creative and delicious. They have creative cocktails, dynamite bread and live music. Reservations recommended in July and August. www.saltoftheearthfennville.com

West Michigan Pizza Co. Brand new in 2020, they feature hand tossed pizza. Great local place to enjoy a slice! West Michigan Pizza Co. 

El Jaripeo. Authentic Mexican food, right in our back yard. Now we don't have to go to Holland to dine at this great restaurant. Be sure to try the margaritas. El Jaripeo

What Not Inn. An old roadhouse that has been around since the 1930's. Great atmosphere and food and live music on the weekends. A local gem! www.whatnotinn.com

Blue Goose Cafe. Great local diner. Staff is always friendly and the food is great. Blue Goose Cafe

Lyon's Fruit Market. More than meets the eye at this local market. Great place to source dinner if you want to cook and have an empty fridge. They will also deliver. Lyon's Fruit Market


The Southerner, Saugatuck. Southern cuisine made with love, but elevated. Biscuits are unbelievable! https://thesouthernermi.com

Bowdie's Chop House, Saugatuck. Think of your favorite steak house. Now go to Bowdies. Reservations recommended in July and August. www.bowdieschophouse.com

Pizza Mambo, Douglas. Our go to pizza place. Hand-tossed pizza and fresh salads. www.pizzamambosaugatuck.com

Everyday People, Douglas. A fabulous local restaurant. Known for a creative menu and attention to detail. Try and stop in, if you get a chance.www.everydaypeoplecafe.com

The Kirby, Douglas. Historic building makes for a great atmosphere. Enjoy a late afternoon cocktail and appetizers or stay for dinner. http://thekirbyhotel.com

Farmhouse Deli & Restaurant. Locally source goodness and a great place for sandwiches and salads. www.thefarmhousedeli.com

Isabel's Market. This reminds me of a speciality market I used to visit in New York City. Lots of high quality amazing food, classes and catering. Be sure to try their croissants. www.isabelsmarket.com

South Haven

Bunde's Bakery and Cafe. Handcrafted pastries that are delicious and worth the trip. Good eats for sure! Bunde's Bakery and Cafe

Chicken Scratch Farm & Bakery. Their goodies are made daily and the menu is always changing. Well worth the drive to visit these lovely ladies. Click on their link for up to date menu offerings. Chicken Scratch Farm & Bakery

Phoenix Street Cafe. Creative menu and a great place for breakfast. https://www.phoenisstreetcafe.com

Cafe Julia. Lovely Cafe with delicious coffee and sandwiches. Great place to rest and grab a cup of coffee and a treat. https://cafejulia.com

American Legion. Not a normal restaurant suggestion, but they serve breakfast on Sunday's, April - October. Great when you have to get back home, but don't want to mess with the kitchen. Plus you get to meet some local heroes! American Legion Post #49

Taste, South Haven. Small plates, tapas style. Creative macaroni and cheese and a full bar. www.tastesouthhaven.com

Sophie's Steakhouse. Midwestern corn fed beef and fine dining atmosphere. Reservations recommended in July and August. Sophie's Steakhouse.

Clementine's. Long time South Haven staple. Great food and people. Also visit Clem's Too. https://ohmydarling.com

Kitchen 527. Gourmet burgers and seafood, right in South Haven. https://www.kitchen527.com

Captain Lou's. Bar and grill and live music! https://captainloussouthhaven.com

Admiral Jack's. Right on the river. Great menu. Open seasonally. https://www.michigan.org/property/admiral-s-river.

Maria's Taste of Italy. A family restaurant with homemade Italian sausage and meatballs. You will feel like you are eating Nonna's house. The cheese bread, pizza and lasagna are delicious too. You really can't go wrong at Maria's.  www.mariastatesofitaly.com.


Schaendorf Brewing Co. Farm to table cuisine and brewing company. www.schaendorfbrewingco.com

The Grill House. Like your steak a particular way, at The Grill House, you get to grill your steak! Or, have one of their expert chef's cook for you. grillhouse.net

Village Inn. A throw back to the family restaurant of days gone by. Great selection on their menu and is a great place for breakfast.  

Minnie's Restaurant. Great breakfast with a homey feel. Minnie's Restaurant

Worth the Drive

The Golden Bough, Bangor, MI. American Bistro with a great, creative menu. The Golden Bough

Sweetwater's Donut Mill, Kalamazoo, MI. Named one of the best donuts in the county and known for their creative donuts (strawberry lemonade, New York cheesecake or blueberry pancake). Locally owned for almost 30 years, they have several locations. Sweetwater's Donut Mill

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