Rusty and Julie Gates’s Au Sable inn for fishermen is open for trout season. After a long day on the river, the fisherfolk hang up their waders and head for dinner at the Hungry Fisherman Dining Room, where Julie Gates makes magic out of straightforward ingredients like impeccably fresh fish fillets and potatoes. The restaurant is BYOB, and, with reservations, open to the public. Try the mouthwatering pan-fried trout with down-home hash browns and homemade apple dumpling for dessert. Reservations required for dinner, Julie Gates also serves breakfast and lunch without reservations. Find Gates Au Sable Lodge at 471 Stephan Bridge Road, Grayling, 989-348-8462, or gateslodge.com.
Photo by Todd Zawistowski