HARRINGTONS BY THE BAY: A wonderful Bay view awaits the diner here. Open for lunch and dinner serving traditional American fare . 13890 South West Bay Shore Dr. Traverse City, 231-421-9393
THE ROWE INN: Gourmet restaurant renowned for its Michigan regional and French-inspired cuisine. The Rowe is also famous for the depth and variety of its wine list. Look for an imaginative blend of wine tasting dinners and folk nights in the off season.16303 East Jordan Rd. Ellsworth, 231-588-7351. Dinner.
DINGHYS: The place for B-B-Q ribs, full rack or half, slow smoked and smothered with a special sauce. They also feature a Friday night whitefish special and are known for their homemade twice-baked potato soup and tenderloin Caesar salad. With a full bar and open year around, dinners run $5-15. Downtown at 417 Main St., Frankfort. 231-352-4702.
SIREN HALL: This lovely addition to Elk Rapids dining is the
inspiration from the people who brought you Lulus Bistro in
Bellaire. An interesting and varied menu awaits the diner. Quite a
wonderful experience. Downtown Elk Rapids, 231-264-6062.
HERMANNS EUROPEAN CAFE: Dine in this comfortable old world atmosphere. Chef Hermann offers many international favorites, as well as a variety of appetisers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas
and steaks. All beautifully prepared and served by the friendly waitstaff. Dont leave without having one of their special desserts! 214 N. Mitchell St. Cadillac, 231-775-9563.
STAFFORDS WEATHERVANE RESTAURANT: Set in a fabulous, rambling building perched on the channel between Lakes Charlevoix and Michigan, the Weathervane and its extensive menu of steaks, seafood, prime rib, pastas and salads offers one of Michigans most unique people-watching opportunities as various boats and their crews pass by its windows. Full bar service, wine list and great desserts. 106 Pine River Lane;
RIVER STREET STATION BAR & GRILL: Courtesy boat docks, indoor or outdoor dining for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Famous for their Ruebens, fish fry and prime rib. 350 River St. Manistee , 231-723-8411.
SUGAR BOWL RESTAURANT: Family-friendly and varied, the Sugar Bowl is a great place for a late brunch or a family dinner - their full menu includes Greek specialties. 216 West Main Gaylord , 989-732-5524.
ARTS TAVERN: Everything a small resort town beach bar should be, offering burgers, whitefish, Mexican, steaks and sandwiches along with an imaginative selection of microbrews. 6487 Western Ave.Glen Arbor, 231-334-3754.