Mikel B.Classen

On The Road

Mackinac Grille 
St. Ignace - Mackinac County - Michigan

The Mackinac Grille in St. Ignace, Michigan is one of my favorite places to eat. I try to stop in there whenever I'm in town. The big attraction for me is the awesome French Onion soup.  A true treat, this is baked to perfection and there is none finer in the Eastern U.P. 

This isn't the only attraction of the Mackinac Grille. Located right on the St. Ignace shoreline, directly in front of the St. Ignace Lighthouse with an expansive view of Mackinac island and the bay.

There is a full menu and is a family restaurant. Other notables on the menu is the supurb whitefish pate' dip. Their fish and ribs are excellent. There are often activities at the Grille as well such as summertime movies are shown outside. Whenever traveling to St. Ignace the Mackinac Grille should be part of your Upper Peninsula experience.


Camp 33
Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub
Paradise, Michigan

Camp 33 is an awesome place to stop and catch your breath after a hike down and back up from Tahquamenon Falls. Especially after the 94 steps back up, a place that serves craft-brewed beer and a good meal can be just what you need to pick yourself back up. On a recent visit, I did exactly that. Ordering a pint of beer and a lake perch dinner, I settled in for a relaxing afternoon after a cold hike from the falls. It was worth it. The lake perch was cooked to perfection and my companion had the Jack Daniel's steak, also cooked perfectly. The prices may seem a little high but the quality makes up for it. They're not serving the run-of-the-mill prepackaged stuff here. I must mention, the smoked fish dip appetizer was fantastic. Camp 33 is well worth a stop anytime.



  Bar and Restaurant
Brimley, Michigan

Every time I went to Brimley, I kept seeing this sign for a new place called "Pickle's." I got tired of going by and on a cold winter afternoon I decided to stop and see what the place had to offer. It turns out, quite a bit. Pickle's is on the shore of the St. Mary's River so it has quite a view. It has easy snowmobile access in the winter and boating in the summer. Inside, there is a gorgeous wood bar that shines with varnish. I was told that the floor is made from Mountain Ash that grew on the property. The menu has a nice variety, I had the Bacon Cheeseburger which was very good. The food is moderately priced and they also have a variety of craft-brewed beer on tap. I'm glad I stopped driving by and checked it out. I'll be back.

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