Short’s Brewing Company (Bellaire) $$ Fun, hip, eclectic award winning local Brewing Company; great array of home-brewed beers, excellent wraps, sandwiches and soups, awesome pizza. If you like beer and you like food, this is a must stop! Weekend Entertainment. 7 minutes from the Inn.
Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen (Elk Rapids) $$ Rollicking good-time Cajun & Creole restaurant; great Cajun music, traditional Cajun & Creole dishes like Blackened Alligator, Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, fun staff. Very busy after 7pm. 25 minutes from the Inn
Dockside (6340 S.E. Torch Lake Drive, Bellaire) $$: Gorgeous setting on Torch Lake at Clam River. Well known for Mexican specialties, salads, burgers, wraps and baskets. Beer, wine and cocktails available. Spectacular sunsets, outside seating weather permitting. 231-377-7777
Siren Hall (Elk Rapids) $$$$: Open for lunch and dinner, Siren Hall specializes in upscale fare from the sea. The restaurant offers an outdoor patio during the appropriate seasons. 25 minutes from the Inn. Same owner as Lulu’s Bistro.
The Blue Pelican: (Central Lake) $$$: Casual dining in Central Lake’s landmark haunted brick Inn. Extensive menu of pastas, steaks, seafood, southern fare and local fish delicacies. 15-20 minutes North of the Inn on M-88. (231) 544-2583.
The Pelican’s Nest Sports Bar: $ Located on the The Chief Golf Course, this is the place for awesome burgers, sandwiches and daily specials. Large screen TV’s all around! Great place to catch the game!!!
Rowe Inn (Ellsworth) $$$$: Elegant fine dining on the lake with focus on cuisine native to Michigan; signature dishes include rack of lamb and pecan stuffed morel mushrooms. Extensive wine list. 40 minutes from the Inn; reservations suggested, call for hours. (866) 432-5873
Toonie’s Steakhouse (Bellaire) $ Casual family dining downtown by theatre. Nice selection of favorites; steaks, fish, chicken, ribs, pastas, sandwiches, wraps & classic entrees. 5 Minutes from Inn.
Papa K’s (Bellaire) $$: Casual pizza and sub shop near Glen’s Market. Great pizza, subs and salads, and even an indoor mini golf course! Kind of rustic on the inside, but they deliver to the Inn. Find menus in the Dining Room. 5 minutes from the Inn
Shanty Creek Restaurants: (Bellaire) $$ – $$$: Shanty Creek Ski and Golf Resort offers several wonderful restaurants. From the elegant Lakeview or special occasions with candlelit tables viewing Lake Bellaire to the fun and casual Ivans, which features casual fare and entertainment.
Starlight Lounge: (Bellaire) $$ Mysteriously dark and filled with specialty lighting and original art, this restaurant is a throwback to the 1950’s lounge era. Tap beers include local favorites such as Short’s, specialty cocktails and well drinks, a fun filled happy hour and a small plate menu featuring such items as sliders, shrimp, meatballs and fried Brie.
Moka Coffee Cafe’: (Bellaire) $ A place where locals and tourists alike can enjoy coffee, tea or a glass of wine and feel welcome either alone or in groups. To encourage this, we provide wifi, a cozy fireplace, upbeat and friendly staff, books, newspapers and cable TV!
Smoke and Porter Public House: $$ (Traverse City) Chef Henry Bisson’s (formally of Lulu’s) new restaurant features local ingredients with farm to table & local craft beers, wine, cocktails and plenty of bourbon, whiskey, brunch with smoked meats.