Here are the top 10 Northern Michigan restaurants you can boat to according to the over 10,000 folks who voted in MyNorth’s 2014 Red Hot Best annual contest. And truly, pulling up to a Northern Michigan restaurant by boat is the way to go. Get all 300 ‘Red Hot Best’ winners in 101 categories in the 2014 June issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.
First Place: Dockside, Torch Lake — This Chain of Lakes staple fuels hungry boaters with burgers and beer.
Second Place: Apache Trout Grill, Traverse City — View of West Bay, great food, great pick.
Tied for Third:
The Bluebird, Leland — Right on the Leland River, their ethnic nights are the real deal.
Knot Just a Bar, Omena — Fan favorite of Leelanau’s lakeside hamlet, known for its cone of fish and chips.
And the rest in alphabetical order:
Barrel Back, Walloon Lake Village — Craft brews and a highly stylized proteins.
Cafe Sante, Boyne City — European-informed cuisine with a stellar view.
Dicks’ Pour House, Lake Leelanau — Lake Leelanau’s perennial pit stop.
Riverside Inn, Leland — Exquisite wine list and locally sourced foodstuff along Leland River.
The Boathouse, Traverse City — Classy eatery along Bower’s Harbor.
The Pink Pony, Mackinac Island — The Chippewa Hotel’s in-house eatery. Try the Lilac Lemon Drop.