Pack your bikes, your boots and your best flannel because you’ll need to burn some calories and then replenish them in this food mecca. You’re going to love these Marquette restaurants.

Marquette’s ornate sandstone architecture, Belle Époque accents and ultra-friendly outdoor adventure vibe all merit the long drive north. But if Lake Superior swallows all that and leaves us with nothing but its food and drink, that will be enough. Read on for a food tourist’s guide to Marquette restaurants and smack yourself for not having been there sooner.

Zephyr // 215 S Front Street, Maruqette | 906.273.0740
Scratch the urbane itch with a glass of Cru Beaujolais and a slate board stacked with country paté, smoked duck and French cheeses at this swank downtown wine bar.

Lagniappe // 145 Jackson Cut Alley, Marquette | 906.226.8200
Buzzy subterranean wormhole to NOLA serving expertly swizzled sazeracs, legit étoufée and Cajun barbecue shrimp sound-tracked with a house zydeco band.

Steinhaus // 102 West Washington Street, Marquette | 906.273.1531
Build your pre-dinner buzz with a Maple Old Fashioned then chow down with Germanic fortitude with wurst, crispy schnitzel and cold steins of Weissbier.

The Marq // 113 West Baraga Street, Maruqette | 906.273.2069
Our only advice is to show up with a crowd or appetite sufficient to order everything on the menu. Nothing, from the fried cheese curds with romesco and giardiniera to wood-grilled whitefish with grits and bacon shrimp dashi, is to be missed.

Jean Kay’s Pasties & Subs // 1635 Presque Isle, Marquette | 906.228.5310
No junket to the Yoop is complete without a two-pound pastry envelope stuffed with beef and rutabaga and slathered with gravy. Jean Kay’s is the source in this town.

The Delft Bistro // 139 West Washington Street, Marquette | 906.273.2455
This indie theater-edgy bistro serves praline croissant French toast, whipped ricotta with honeycomb and duck fat cashews and a sublime fried chicken sammich with maple bacon jam and Brussels sprout slaw.

The Pasta Shop // 824 North Third Street, Marquette | 906.228.6620
The U.P.’s legacy of Italian immigrants is alive and well at this artisan shop that sells fresh pasta by the pound or cooks it up to order with a host of housemade sauces.

Velodrome Coffee Comapny // 519 West Washington Street, Marqutee | 906.273.2556
To weekend binge like a boss Yooper you’ll need a few cups of deftly brewed third wave coffee. Park your fat tire pony out front and sip a honey latte like a Northwoods hipster.

Photo(s) by The Marq

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