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.

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

Watch the sun set over Lake Michigan in Stevensville at the cottage-style restaurant. While there, enjoy steaks and seafood in the main dining area or grab a burger in the Cranberry Bog Bar.

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.

In 1982 Paul Saginaw and Ari Weinzweig cofounded this iconic deli, serving authentic traditionally made food.

The sweet French toast is worth the wait (ask for a loaf of the cinnamon bread to go).

Traditional dishes like fried lake perch and prime rib are best enjoyed at a table by the fire.

A bakery that makes traditional Finnish ground-meat-and-potato pies, based on the Cornish pasty, and nissua, sweet bread made with cardamom.

New Three Star BarBQ is the place to go for dry-rubbed ribs and a cold brew in Hamtramck. Located on Joseph Campau Street, this modest, three-generation diner has tile flooring and Tiffany-style lamps, and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

With home cooking and affordable prices, the restaurant offers a pleasantly diverse menu that bounces from Mexico to Greece and Italy.

Detroit’s late-19th-century heyday is on display in this pink granite, 52-room mansion, originally built in 1894 for lumber baron David Whitney.

The horse-themed restaurant's casual menu includes old-time regionally inspired dishes like roasted Indian corn and shrimp chowder.