If you find yourself visiting Muskegon, MI anytime soon, this is a list of what I consider are the most popular restaurants that you want to be sure to visit.
The Hearthstone Bistro — is a classic. The restaurant opened 1975, and it has been a Muskegon favorite ever since. The menu is great for anyone offering anything from soups, salads, and sandwiches to full meals of steak, chicken, and salmon. There are also vegetarian options and a gluten free menu that offers a great amount to choose from. The Hearthstone also has a full bar, a phenomenal wine list, catering options, and a private dinning room for private parties. As a vegetarian, my personal favorites are the soups (cheddar cheese and black bean), the grilled asparagus with Toasted Israeli Couscous and Red Quinoa, the Baked Manicotti with Two Sauces, the Texas Black Bean and Crispy Tortilla Salad, and the Grilled Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, & Fresh Basil Panino (my mouth is watering already!). Of course there are many great non-vegetarian options such as Filet Mignon with Roasted Garlic Butter and “Award Winning” Crispy Almond & Butter Brioche Crumbed Perch. Visit their site for a full menu http://hearthstonerestaurant.com/menus
The Coffee House and Cafe — has recently changed ownership and is making great improvements. I have always enjoyed this cafe, which has been devoted to buying locally, serving people of all types, and bringing together the community. The cafe menu includes an all day breakfast of quiche, panini, and fresh baked goods. There are also plenty of sandwiches and salads plus, a soup of the day to choose from. Their menu is continuing to expand and uses local ingredients. Great for vegetarians and even vegans. In addition to the great food, the drink menu is full, offering specialty coffee drinks, the basics, and fresh smoothies. Currently, they are offering an excellent Nutella drink which can be ordered hot, blended, or over ice. Not only is the food and drink menu superb, but their motto is “building community through coffee.” They have hosting tastings, performances by local artists, and other community events. Keep up to date with local events at the coffee house and cafe at http://thecoffeehouseandcafe.wordpress.com/
The Station Bar and Grill — originally a gas station turned into popular Muskegon diner over thirty years ago. The Station has a full bar and is most famous for their wings and burgers. There is also a wide selection of salads, seafood, sandwiches, and wraps. With Stump Trivia every Wednesday, Karaoke every Thursday, and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings the Station has brought an atmosphere of community fun to Muskegon. See if this is the restaurant for you http://stationbarandgrill.com/
Fricano’s — a Muskegon favorite since 1949. Now with five locations, Fricano’s pizzeria has been voted best pizza by Pure Michigan. This pizzeria only serves the basics – one style and one size. It’s a 12″ personal, thin crust pizza, and the only toppings to choose from are sausage, pepperoni, mushroom, green pepper, and anchovy. They have kept to the basics, and it really has worked for them. Visit their site to find a location http://www.fricanospizza.com/
Mia and Grace — a new restaurant in town that is growing in fame for its locally grown food, made from scratch meals, and ever changing menu. Their menu is updated daily, so you will want to check it out online (http://www.miaandgrace.com/) before heading there for dinner. On top of the lunch and dinner menu, Mia and Grace has a collection of obscure ice cream flavors from Cinnamon Goat Milk to Candied Bacon and everything in between. Another favorite at Mia and Grace’s is the homemade sodas with flavors such as Lavender Vanilla and Lemon Thyme.
Brooklyn Bagels — with two Muskegon locations this coffee and bagel shop has quickly become a favorite. The atmosphere is very homey; whether you are there to chat with friends or need to pull out your laptop to get some work done, Brooklyn Bagels is great. There is a wide array of bagels and cream cheeses to choose from, along with great coffee drinks. The breakfast menu of course includes bagels but also a variety of egg sandwiches made on a bagel. The lunch menu consists of salads and sandwiches (any of which can be made as a wrap or on a bagel). http://www.brooklynbagelsonline.com/
Max and Marley’s Doghouse — if you are craving a hot dog, they have a huge selection of gourmet dogs from the Texas Dog to the Beanie Winnie to the Rodeo Dog. You can’t go wrong with the toppings here. Although there aren’t many vegetarian options (I order a gourmet dog and just ask them to replace the dog with some fries — a little weird I know, but desperate times call for desperate measures), this place is a classic. Great prices and located in Lakeside only a few minutes from the lake, it is a Muskegon top-pick. Check out the full list of gourmet dogs here http://maxnmarleysdoghouse.com
Which restaurant looks best to you? Have you already enjoyed any of these great restaurants? Any questions on any of the restaurants that I may be able to answer? Comment below!