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Joann’s Fudge (Mackinac Island)

September 26, 2017
  • 7309 Main Street
  • Mackinac Island, MI 49757
  • (906) 847-6357
  • Website
  • Menu

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Mackinac Island?  Is it fudge?  For me, it’s definitely fudge.

Fudge is synonymous with the Island and it’s been a part of the fabric of the community for well over a hundred years.  Murdick’s was the originator on the Island, but there have been several others that have laid their claim to the busy Main Street on the south side of the Island.

Every so often I’ll get sent to the Island for a conference.  The day typically starts before 8:00 and doesn’t end until after 7:00.  The conferences are almost always at the Grand Hotel but we never stay there.  It’s either back on the ferry to Mackinaw City for the night or across the Island to Mission Point Resort.

I typically like to walk on the way back to the resort or the ferry.  It’s downhill from The Grand and it’s typically cooler in the evening.  It also gives me a chance to stop in to some of the shops and do pick up gifts for the kids and, maybe more importantly, fudge for J and me.

This trip I decided to stop at Joann’s Fudge.  No reason for that decision really.  It just happened to be the one closest to me after I hit the ATM for some cash.   Read more…

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Biere de Mac Brew Works

September 25, 2017
  • 14277 Mackinaw Highway
  • Mackinaw City, MI 49770
  • (231) 427-7007
  • Website
  • Menu

You know me, hard to pass up a brewery when I’m traveling.

I headed up to Mackinac Island for the weekend for work.  It was a quick trip.  Just Friday afternoon until Sunday morning.  I worked a half a day on Friday then took off towards Mackinaw City at about 1:00.  I left Kalamazoo without eating lunch with the intention of stopping for BBQ in Lake City…but that fell through when I got to the BBQ place and it was closed for the season.

At that point I figured I’d just get all the way to Mackinaw City before finding something to eat. I did a quick search for restaurants when  I got off I-75 just before the bridge and one of the first things that popped up was a brewery.

Biere de Mac is just outside of the Mackinaw City village limits in Wawatam Township.  It’s on Mackinaw Highway about a mile south of the I-75 exit.  The brewery opened in January of this year.  The building had housed a popular buffet/family restaurant seasonally for the last 35 years called Neath the Birches.

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Roosters Wing Shack

September 23, 2017
  • 14 N. Main Street
  • Three Rivers, MI 49093
  • (269) 278-8525
  • Website
  • Menu

Mommy and Daddy like to be lazy on the weekends.  The kids do not.  They want to go somewhere, play with someone, just get out of the house.  For two parents that work long, odd hours, it can be hard to get motivated.

The kids were really wanting to go to the park and play on a beautiful late summer Saturday afternoon.  We typically just stay close to home and go to Flescher Field or the Oshtemo Township Park, but one way to really motivate me is food….and I knew of a place in Three Rivers that I’ve wanted to try for a while…and there’s a great park for the kids nearby.

Roosters Wing Shack is in downtown Three Rivers on Main Street near the intersection with Michigan Avenue.  The restaurant takes up two store fronts in the quaint downtown area.  Previously, the building was home to Paisano’s Bar & Grill.  The outside of the building doesn’t look much different….just cleaned up a little bit.   There isn’t really a sign on the outside which is a change.  I just about missed the place because I was looking for something big, but they just have a small window sign now. Read more…

Smoked Down BBQ

September 18, 2017

When this summer started, I thought for sure I’d be eating at Lunchtime Live every Friday.  Now that summer is almost over, I’ve made it to exactly two.  It seems like Friday is always the day we’re out of the office for the majority of the afternoon so I never get the chance to go.

Last Friday was the rare Friday that we were done with our assignment pretty early and just had some office work to do the rest of the day.  Co-Worker and I kind of went our own ways for lunch. He had some errands to run and I walked over to Bronson Park.

I knew before I left where I was going to eat.  I have been hearing things about a food cart and catering company that has been setting up shop around downtown all summer.  I saw they were out from my office window and that’s what inspired me to go get lunch..

Smoked Down BBQ is one of a growing number of portable BBQ restaurants that seem to be popping up.  That’s not a complaint.   I love BBQ and I love that I’m pretty much able to get BBQ whenever I want it.  It wasn’t that way just a few short years ago in Kalamazoo.

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Subs-N-More (South Haven)

September 18, 2017
  • 529 Phoenix Street
  • South Haven, MI 49090
  • (269) 637-5533
  • No Known Website
  • Menu

I seem to always run in to the same problem when I’m in South Haven.  I just never have enough time to sit down and enjoy some of the great restaurants the city has to offer.

My co-worker and I headed out to the lake shore last week for an assignment.  We spent a couple hours completing our task but then had to get back to Kalamazoo.  I needed to make a stop near the pavilion downtown before we got on the road which got me thinking about lunch.  I looked across the street and saw one of the few grab and go places in downtown.

Subs-N-More is on Phoenix Street on the east end of the downtown business district.  It’s one of the first stores you see when you’re heading towards South Beach using Phoenix Avenue right next to the traffic calming sign at the entrance to downtown. Read more…

Big Willy’s Italian Beef

September 16, 2017
  • 1450 Wealthy Street SE
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • (616) 288-5824
  • Website
  • Menu

I don’t spend much time in Grand Rapids anymore since my company opened an office in Kalamazoo.  I, of course, don’t miss the drive everyday but there are some things I do miss about not going to Grand Rapids.

I miss the alone time in the car where I could just slip in my earbuds and listen to a podcast.  My phone memory is perpetually full because I know have podcasts waiting for me to find time to listen to.

I also miss finding new restaurants.  If you haven’t noticed from this blog, I like to eat out and I like to track down as many new places as possible.

One of those places I’ve missed out on is Big Willy’s Italian Beef.  I’ve gone on and on and on about my love of the classic Chicago sandwich and my quest for places up here in Michigan that try their hand and bringing the sandwich here.  I had been looking forward to getting back to Grand Rapids ever since I heard about this place opening.

Big Willy’s Italian Beef is located in Grand Rapid’s Eastown Neighborhood.  It’s right on the corner of Wealthy Street and Ethel Avenue on the Southeast Side near the Lake and Wealthy intersection.  The building had been home to the Pita House for many years.  The building has undergone some clean up and a new coat of paint on the exterior. Read more…

Brix Corner Oven

September 7, 2017
  • 402 Eagle Street
  • South Haven, MI 49090
  • (269) 767-7342
  • Website
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South Haven has kind of become our go-to for Labor Day weekend.  We like to go a little later in the afternoon when things to start to thin out on the beach and wait for the sunset.

We actually got to South Beach much earlier this year than we had planned.  We were just kind of sitting around the house waiting for the time to go so we said, “screw it.”  We left for South Haven just after 2:00.

We saw in Lake Michigan for almost three hours.  J was starting to get hungry but wasn’t ready to go home.  Everyone was being good so we really wanted to stick it out and try to make it to sunset.  She suggested just eating at the South Beach Cafe Snack Bar.  That really didn’t do anything for me.  I wanted more than ice cream and nachos.

We still went to the snack and got ice cream and nachos but as we were sitting there, J suggested putting in an order for pizza.  She offered to watch the kids if I’d walk up the hill to pick it up.  We found a place just at the top of the hill and surprisingly, they were actually taking carry-out orders on an incredibly busy holiday weekend.

Brix Corner Oven is on the corner of Eagle Street and Kalamazoo Street just a block of the busy Phoenix Street thoroughfare  that leads down to the beach.  The building is the old Niffenegger’s Service Station that has seen several different types of businesses in it’s day.  Before this place was a pizza restaurant, it was Sea Glass Home Decor.  The building itself hasn’t changed much, but how that space is used has undergone a drastic transformation.

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