Edgewater Bistro

Intimate lakeside venue near the drawbridge with chops and steaks, gourmet scrambles and homemade hash for breakfast, breads baked in-house. BLD • BAR • $$ 100 MICHIGAN AVE., CHARLEVOIX, 547-1700.

Kelsey B’s Lakeside Food & Spirits

Dine on burgers, steaks and fish and soak up the Lake Charlevoix views. LD • BAR $-$$ 230 FERRY AVE., CHARLEVOIX, 547-2960.

Stafford’s Weathervane

Local fish, seafood and regional cuisine in a Hobbit-style Earl Young stone structure with massive fireplace overlooking the Pine River Channel. LD • BAR • $$ 106 PINE RIVER LN., CHARLEVOIX, 547-4311.


Michaywé Inn the Woods

Casual, Up Northy, with a lake view, steaks and seafood. LD • BAR • $–$$ 1535 OPAL LAKE RD., MICHAYWÉ, 989-939-8800.

Gate’s AuSable Lodge

The Hungry Fisherman offers home-cooked meals with a river view. Excellent trout, perch, homemade hash browns and apple dumplings. BLD • SF • $-$$ 471 STEPHAN BRIDGE RD., GRAYLING, 989-348-8462.

Maple City

North Centennial Inn

Refined cuisine in a beautifully renovated, century-old farmhouse on Little Traverse Lake. D • BAR • $$-$$$ 149 E. HARBOR HWY., M-22, MAPLE CITY, 228-5060.

Glen Arbor


Exquisite regional cuisine from chef Randy Chamberlain in an intimate setting on Sleeping Bear Bay. D • BAR • $$- $$$ LAKE ST., GLEN ARBOR, 334-2530.

The Manor on Glen Lake

Fine family dining in a renovated lakeside inn. LD • BAR • $-$$ 7345 W. GLENMERE ROAD, GLEN LAKE AT THE NARROWS, 334-0150.

Riverfront Pizza

Eat pesto or shrimp Alfredo pizza on the banks of the river. Or grab a Thai salad or fresh wrap from the deli. LD • $ 6281 WESTERN AVE., GLEN ARBOR, 334-3876.


The Bluebird

A mainstay for locals and boaters since 1927. Specialties: cinnamon rolls, whitefish, seafood, steak, pasta, creative ethnic feasts during the off-season. Sun. brunch. LD • BAR • SF • $$ 102 E. RIVER ST., LELAND, 256-9081.

The Cove

Great deck with casual menu overlooking the river in Fishtown. Upscale dining inside. Open May–Oct. LD • BAR • $$ 111 RIVER ST., LELAND, 256-9834.

Riverside Inn

Come by boat or land to dine on creative dishes made with seasonal local ingredients in this handsome 100-year-old spot with a relaxing river vista. Awardwinning Sun. brunch. D • BAR • SF • $$-$$$ 302 E. RIVER ST., LELAND, 256-9971.


Knot Just a Bar

Fish and burgers in a modern, beachy pub perched over pretty Omena Bay. LD • BAR • $-$$ 5019 BAY SHORE DR. (M-22), OMENA, 386-7393.