Just got back to DC from a week's vacation in Douglas Michigan ... we saw only a few up-to-date rec's on this board so wanted to share our experiences for what they were worth ...
The good: great food, vibe, and beer at Saugatuck Brewing Co. and New Holland Brewing. The waitress at SBC in particular really knew her stuff and recommended their porter, which was just about the refreshingest thing ever after a hot day at the beach. Had the zucchini fritters appetizer which was really memorable, can't remember the entree but it was find. Wish I could go back to New Holland a few more times to try their whiskey cheddar appetizer and other fun looking appetizers that people around us had.
Dessert: Crane's Pie Plate in Fennville was totally worth the 20 minutes or so to drive for the cherry pie. And the fresh cider really does taste different/better than store bought. They re-fill your cider like places in the South do iced tea, gotta love that.
Breakfast: there are so many frou frou options to be had, but we really just kinda loved the Way Point restaurant behind M&M's carryout. Pancakes = homemade, seemed to have a little hint of buckwheat in them, coffee = hot and good, bacon = crispy, fed three of us for about $15, they warmed our syrup before they brought it out, what more can you ask.
What we lacked: despite several attempts we had no luck finding great carry-out. A beach town needs a GREAT sub shop with real Italian meats/cheeses, maybe there is one in Saugatuck but we did not find it.
Places that piqued our curiosity but we ran out of time: the What Not Inn ... looked like a ghost town most of the week, then on Friday seemed to perk up a bit. Same with Mary Olive's in Douglas ... I couldn't tell it was still in business and then on Saturday it was jammed. I get that there are a lot of weekenders but other places were busy every nite (Everyday People Cafe, etc.) Would love to know which of the above are worth checking out.
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