Restaurants in Michigan

Many restaurants in Michigan serve the state’s specialty dishes, which include the coney dog (a hot dog slathered in chili), fudge (while flavors vary, Michigan fudge is always creamy and rich), lake fish (particularly whitefish and lake perch prepared in a variety of ways) and tart cherry pie. In addition, Michigan restaurants in the northern part of the state are celebrated for their pasty, a dish traditionally made with meat, potato and onion, all wrapped in delicious dough.

For visitors with a sweet-tooth, Crane’s Pie Pantry – located in Fennville – is considered one of the best restaurants in Michigan for dessert. The joint offers an array of freshly baked pies. Come hungry: Crane’s Pie Pantry’s slices are notoriously massive and so delicious, you’ll want to finish every last bite. For a classic dining experience, don’t miss a visit to two of the most historic Michigan restaurants: Lafayette and American. Located next door to one another, both diners serve coney dogs and enjoy a longstanding rivalry.

You can't miss it: the rooftop vintage neon sign brightly spells out REALLY GOOD AMERICAN FOOD and the menu reads like a national registry; Mississippi catfish, New Mexico green chiles, Apalachicola oysters, Minnesota wild rice.

American brasserie

Vicentes feels a bit like an old-fashioned supper club, with blond wood chairs, tables covered in a striking shade of burgundy, and a dance floor that comes alive with salsa music after 10 p.m. on weekends.

This restaurant offers the town’s only true waterfront dining; enjoy regional cuisine and a table near the fireplace or window.

Go for a dinner of pecan-crusted walleye with Michigan dried-cherry butter.

The Leelanau Peninsula’s bracing Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris—and its spectacular scenery—have begun drawing wine tourists to the eastern edge of Lake Michigan.

Despite being owned by Jimmy Schmidt, Detroit’s best known chef, Rattlesnake Club is somewhat of a foodies’ secret, tucked away on a side street just east of downtown.

One of those classic burger joints you don’t see much of these days, where a teenage waitress clips a tray to your car window.

Crowded with Formica tables that have seen better days, Lafayette Coney is a beloved institution that seems to have been in Detroit as long as its eponymous river.

A Ukrainian bakery in a cozy cottage run by bearded monks from the Holy Transfiguration Skete monastery.

Executive chef Mickey Cannon's menu features a lively mix of Northern Italian fare. Tuscan Bistro has a dedication to fresh, seasonal ingredients.