Top 10 Deck Countdown at Northern Michigan Restaurants

Northern Michigan restaurant decks bring out the best in Northern Michigan food, drink, sunshine and scenery. Here’s a list of restaurants with decks that you won’t want to miss. Work your way south to north with us, and be sure to call ahead for hours and specials.

10. Coho Cafe, Frankfort Hit the Frankfort beach, then hit the Bestie Bay-side deck at the Coho Cafe.  Happy Hour, from 4 pm to 6 pm, sports a $9-and-under appie list (quesadillas, blts, chicken satay) and $2.75 for a house wine, beer or well drink. 231.352.6053, cohofrankfort.com.

9. Blu, Glen Arbor The tiny patio beachside at this gourmet restaurant may be the best kept secret in the North. Since there are no reservations for outside eating, you might have to wait your turn sitting on the beach looking out at Sleeping Bear Bay and the Manitou Islands. Darn. 231.334.2530, glenarborblu.com.

8. Boondocks, Glen ArborThe summertime see and be-seen scene on this giant deck in the middle of town offers live music and plenty of (tanned) elbow rubbing. 231.334.6444.

7. Ricks Cafe at the Cove, Leland A Chubby Mary and a seat on the Leland River with Lake Michigan lapping in the background. Summer, my friend, has officially begun. 231.256.9834, thecoveleland.com.

6. Harbor 22, Traverse City Chilled chardonnay, platter of charcuterie, sailboats on the bay. If that isn’t Haiku, we don’t what is.  231.922.2114, harbor22.com.

5. Boathouse Restaurant, Traverse City Power Island resting on diamond-flecked waters, the sun dipping low, a bowl of mussels—and thou.  231.223.4030, boathouseonwestbay.com.

4. North Peak, Traverse CityA handcrafted microbrew on the West Front Street sidelines. Nice. 231.941.7325, northpeak.net.

3. Kelsey B’s Lakeside, Charlevoix Crunch your way through a plate of John Cross Whitefish Fingers and sip a draft while you drink in the Lake Charlevoix view. 231.547.2960, kelseybs.com.

2. Whitecaps Restaurant, Petoskey  Order up a shrimp caprese salad, maybe some apricot bleu cheese gratin and a couple of glasses and wine and you’ve got a deck date overlooking Little Traverse Bay. 231.348.7092, whitecapsrestaurant.com.

1. Mackinac Island, Mary’s Bistro Feast on ribs while ferries cruise in and out of the docks.  906.847.9911, mackinacmarysbistro.com

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