Summer Top Foodie Stops

More Flavor and Time to Savor in #MyManistee!

Every single stop is a “must try” when visiting this summer in #MyManistee

The Manistee’s foodie scene welcomes you to explore a diverse array of flavors served up by talented chefs delivering fresh regional favorites with their own signature flair. From the casual comfort foods to fine dining delicacies, no matter what you seek you are sure to find your favorite flavors in the eateries tucked into every corner of our county.

People dining and enjoying drinks on the deck at Bluefish

1. Bluefish Kitchen + Bar

Sophisticated, yet comfortable atmosphere  a unique menu made using fresh, local produce, and an expansive bar for crafting cocktails, makes Bluefish Kitchen + Bar a favorite local gathering spot. House specialties include an eclectic selection of finest cuts of beef and diverse seafood dishes to tantalize the palate. A lunch/brunch menu follows suit with an imaginative menu of elevated mid-day favorites. You may even enjoy dining on the outdoor deck on a perfect summer day, overlooking the Manistee River. Give them a try, they are sure to be a favorite stop during your visit to Manistee.

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Golden Stag entree with a glass of wine

2. The Golden Stag

A more recent addition to the downtown dining scene is The Golden Stag. This local favorite, features made-to-order recipes combine Italian, Mediterranean, Greek, and Arabic influences. A harmonious blend of flavors from various cuisines caters to all palates and celebrates the richness and diversity of these culinary traditions. Step into The Golden Stag and embark on a flavorful journey that transcends borders.

Check out their menu here

appetizers at TJs

3. T.J.’s Pub

TJ’s Pub capitalizes on casual comfort. Make your way to the lower level of the one of the city’s greatest architectural landmarks, the historic Ramsdell Building. TJ’s serves everything you would hope for in a comfort food menu. Find your spot in this quaint pub to enjoy a fresh take on lunch and dinner favorites, featuring Michigan made products, including a large selection of bottled beers and wine.

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wedge salad plated at the Windward

4. The Windward

Located on the fifth floor of the new Hampton Inn, The Windward restaurant and bar is a place to enjoy a cocktail and a delectable dish while taking in the spectacular views of the shoreline of Lake Michigan. It’s the perfect spot to dine while watching the sun dip below the horizon line. Local, seasonal cuisine focuses on inspired regional favorites and sharables using fresh ingredients.

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Salad at the South Course restaurant

5. The South Course @ Arcadia Bluffs

Open year-round, this casual full-service restaurant features carefully crafted cuisine perfect for any occasion. The restaurant is located on the second floor of the stunning South Course clubhouse, offering a birds-eye view of the course and surrounding Northern Michigan landscape, truly something to see at the sun sets over the shoreline. 12 local draft beer selections and big screen TVs make this a great place to gather after a round of golf or just a day out and about exploring the region.

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Fish fry Friday at Ketch 22 Kafe

6. Ketch 22 Kafe and Bowen’s Creek Coffee & Crepes

Following the M22 scenic highway north to Arcadia, you’ll find the Ketch 22 and Bowen’s Creek just off the highway, adjacent the the Arcadia March Preserve. Recent additions to Manistee County, these two locally-owned food trucks that serve fresh, local flavors. Ketch 22 is open for lunch and dinner, serving regionally inspired, made-to-order sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups and more. Bowen’s Creek serves freshly brewed, expertly crafted, hot and cold coffee and tea drinks, unique flavor combinations in hand-crafted crepes, and scratch-made beignets. You won’t want to miss this stop as you explore the region.

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7. Iron Fish Distillery

Set in the serene countryside, Iron Fish Distillery is Michigan’s first working farm, growing and sourcing local grain to distill a full line of small-batch craft spirits on a reclaimed 1890’s farmstead in Thompsonville. You will be delighted by your surroundings as you enjoy award-winning spirits and wood-fired oven cuisine.

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