My fiance and I went to Saugatuck last week for a few days around the 4th of July. This was the longest time we've stayed in the area and while we have our old stand-bys (Every Day People and Salt of the Earth) we made a few new discoveries that we really enjoyed.
The first is Lucy's Little Kitchen. Owned by the same folks from Every Day People, this spot is 100% outdoor dining located right across from the Chain Ferry. We LOVE LOVE LOVE this new restaurant. It is the absolute definition of vacation summertime dining and would be perfectly at home in Key West or Hawaii. The menu is short but diverse and everything we tried was extraordinary. We had lunch there on the 4th and grabbed a great corner seat where we could enjoy the people watching. We tried a couple of their cane sugar juices (think Greyhounds, Mojitos without the booze...very tasty). We then shared the tuna nachos, which is probably the best thing we ate on our trip. Tuna tartar served on fried wontons with seaweed, Siracha, and eel sauce. Super special dish. My fiance than had the ribs, which they smoked the day before and I had a cajun spiced fish sandwich (which was made with walleye that day). Really nice portions, perfectly spiced and affordable.
When we went back a few days later we shared the caprese salad, which was fresh, delicious and served with a balsamic truffle oil dressing which was different. We also had the Juicy Lucy burger. INSANE! So so so good. I use to think Salt of the Earth had the best burger in Michigan but Lucy's is giving them a run for their money.
The other restaurant we checked out and really liked was Hercules. I would go here for dinner as opposed to lunch since the dinner menu is much more refined. This is the type of restaurant Saugatuck needs...a little more higher end in appearance but still laid back and affordable. It's an all Greek/Mediterranean menu. We sat in the courtyard which was very beautiful and relaxing. To start we shared the homemade hummus served with warm pita. A really nice starter. I then got the Salmon Platki which was salmon served with feta, tomato, and capers. My fiance got the ruby trout almandine. Both were perfectly cooked, light and tasty. The service was great (we had an adorable waiter named George) and it was an overall lovely experience.
We will certainly be returning to both of these spots on future visits (and crossing others off our list---Marros was a huge disappointment and Mermaid Inn which we have always loved for their white fish dip, was disappointing this time around. The dish had far more cream cheese than white fish. I think they changed the recipe).