The region surrounding Lake Huron has a rich gastronomic culture. The lake’s bountiful marine life, the varied agricultural landscapes of the areas surrounding it, and its multicultural settlement are just some of the factors that contribute to the region’s vibrant culinary heritage. While Michigan is famous for cherries, crisp apples, Detroit-style pizza, and Great Lakes fish, Ontario is known for its peaches, maple syrup, BeaverTails, and cheese. Here are just some of the culinary pit stops you might want to visit to get a taste of Lake Huron’s bounty:
Dine sumptuously at this iconic turn-of-the-century hotel while enjoying the sights of the Straits of Mackinac. Grand Hotel’s Main Dining Room offers a full breakfast and dinner menu daily, but its Grand Luncheon Buffet should not be missed. The award-winning buffet features a variety of salads, savory cheeses, fresh seafood, slow-roasted meats, and fresh-baked desserts. Each menu is expertly created by Chef Hans Burtscher.
Nestled along Cheboygan River, Hack-Ma-Tack Inn is voted by MLive.com as Michigan’s most iconic restaurant. Its name is derived from the Native American word for the giant tamarack logs from which the inn was constructed. Originally built as a hunting lodge in 1894, the inn is currently managed by the Redding family since 1979. Start your dinner at Hack-Ma-Tack with a selection of bread and whitefish dip before digging into their prime rib with creamy horseradish sauce. Cap it off with coconut cream pie and the inn’s signature hummers.
Adjacent to a hotel and waterpark, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth is famous for its German-style fried chicken dinners. Michiganders can’t get enough of its tasty fried chicken dishes, though gluten-free menu is also available. This classic 1,500-seater restaurant has been making family memories since 1858.
Built in 1925 by a retired Polish auto worker, this stone cabin offers a piece of regional history and Polish comfort food. Fill your tummy with homemade pierogies and kielbasa while washing it down with buffalo grass vodka and listening to live music. Legs Inn also features a curio shop, living quarters, a tavern, a balcony, and four great stone fireplaces. Legs Inn is also included in MLive’s Michigan’s 12 Most Iconic Restaurant list. Legs Inn is currently closed for the 2019 Season and will open in May 2020.