Cottage Eggs, served at Cocoa Cottage B&B, Whitehall
Looking for places to eat in Michigan? Start your quest at a B&B
When we contend that travelers looking for great places to eat in Michigan should start their search at a bed and breakfast, it’s not just because we promote B&Bs. Really.
Here are two insights into the psyche of folks who own and operate five-star B&Bs:
1) They take pride in what they serve for breakfast and for afternoon or evening treats. In many cases, you’ll find no better places to eat in Michigan.
Many, if not most, B&B innkeepers cook and bake from scratch. Some emphasize the use of local foods. Some go out to the hen house or garden to fetch the makings of your breakfast. Some go out of their way to enhance the menu with meats from specialty butchers or with Michigan maple syrup from award-winning producers or with rare seasonal ingredients such as morel mushrooms or black raspberries. These are the sorts of B&Bs that offer a dining experience that will appeal to foodies. Many such B&Bs are listed on this page.
2) Then, too, are the many B&B innkeepers who feel invested in — even a bit responsible for — aspects of your getaway that have nothing to do with their inn. A chief example: Helping you find good lunch and dinner places to eat in Michigan.
If you stay at a hotel and ask, “Where should we dine?” the 20-something-year-old clerk will hand you a list that includes every area franchise food joint, perhaps sprinkled with locally owned eateries offering an authentic dining experience.
But when you ask B&B innkeepers where to dine, they’re sure to have a good idea for a dining experience that matches what you have a taste for.
Some travelers plan their itineraries around the opportunity to dine at one or more of the restaurants that put Michigan on a foodie’s most-wanted map. Many of these great places to eat in Michigan — such as the few mentioned below in a highly subjective list — are located in towns with some great B&Bs. Check the city links.
Salt of the Earth, Fennville
Zingerman’s Delicatessan or Mani Osteria, both in Ann Arbor
Union Woodshop, Clarkston
Bavarian Inn, Frankenmuth
The Cook’s House and Trattoria Stella, both in Traverse City
Food Dance, Kalamazoo
Grove or The Green Well, both in Grand Rapids
Marine City Fish Company, Marine City
Olivia’s Chop House, Jonesville
Fitzgerald’s Restaurant, Eagle River, near Eagle Harbor
The list of wonderful places to eat in Michigan and enjoy a great B&B breakfast starts with many of the inns and towns shown below.