GRAB: 231 West Patisserie
231 W. Washington St., Marquette | 231 West Patisserie Website
When 231 West Patisserie first opened on Marquette’s main drag in January 2020, regulars were quick to celebrate their macarons, pain au chocolat and Velodrome coffee. We’re fans of all that and more—like the pastry shop’s ready-to-go boxed lunches, especially the Prosciutto & Parmesan Baguette ($14). A house-baked French baguette comes schmeared with salted butter, house-made fig spread and shallot jam, and layered with thin slices of prosciutto and parmesan cheese. It’s flavorful but— akin to a good jambon-beurre—not overloaded. When ordered as a boxed lunch, the sandwich comes with either a soup or salad as well as your choice of treat. Think lemon fennel shortbread or a sable cookie with an Earl Grey ganache. This summer, add an iced espresso and tonic to cool off.
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GO: Dead River Falls
Dead River Falls, Marquette, MI, 49855 | More Info on Dead River Falls
While the bright, modern dining room at 231 West is a perfectly lovely backdrop for your next Zoom sesh, those who are off the clock should take one of the Patisserie’s ready-to-go boxed lunches just 15 minutes northwest of town to Dead River Falls. “It’s a popular jumping spot for a lot of the ‘kids,’” says 231 West’s Matthew Beardsley. For the rest of us, the intermediate hiking trail connects a series of three falls, some of the most beautiful in the region. Take Wright Street out of town and head north on Forestville Road. Follow Forestville until after it crosses the river and loops back around to the south, where you will find parking near a powerhouse. The trail is 1.5 miles long—3 miles, out and back—if you want to see all of the falls. Wear your hiking boots. While the trail begins on an access road, it ultimately includes a modest scramble and can be slippery after rain.
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