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Culinary Arts - Saugatuck Douglas

Dinning in Saugatuck

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Dining in Saugatuck/Douglas is a study in choices. True to its nature of offering diversity for every aspect of a visitor’s stay, our area serves up a veritable buffet of dining establishments.

Upscale dining, reflected by both setting and menu, is available in the Saugatuck/Douglas area. Exquisite American contemporary cuisine is the fare at the Belvedere Inn and Restaurant which offers sophisticated dining prepared by European chef/owner Shaun Glynn in an elegantly restored mansion. Restaurant Toulouse in Saugatuck specializes in continental as well as American contemporary cuisine with intimate outdoor dining and live music in-season.

Casual dining in a lovely Gatsby-era atmosphere is offered by Ravines Golf Club at their course-side restaurant, Arnie’s Cottage, in view of breathtaking fairways. Looking for casual dining with a touch of flair? Coral Gables overlooks Saugatuck Harbor and features a deck, multilevel verandas, several lively bars, entertainment, a dance club and live comedy at their prime waterfront location. Nearby, The Butler Restaurant, a longtime favorite with locals, famous for its big burgers and awesome shrimp Bloody Marys, also offers great music outdoors in season and a wonderful view of the harbor. The Mermaid Bar and Grill, located on the waterfront in downtown Saugatuck, is the perfect place to “people” watch and enjoy an excellent lunch or dinner in season—try the mussels!

The Saugatuck area has a colorful bouquet of ethnic cuisine. Chequers of Saugatuck recreates the feel of a traditional English pub complete with fireplace and fabulous imported beers, wines and ales—try the fish ’n’ chips. A hidden gem tucked away on the waterfront, The Elbo Room specializes in a variety of imaginative creations. Known mostly to locals, they prepare great breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Pumpernickel’s Eatery specializes in hearty breakfasts in cast iron skillets, giant cinnamon rolls, NYC deli-style sandwiches and casual dinners with live music in season. For a light breakfast, go where many locals go for delicious home-baked goods and outstanding lattes and coffees, Uncommon Grounds. If your craving for sweets gets the better of you, visit Kilwins Chocolates, where slabs of fudge get carved into bite-sized morsels right before your eyes, and sample their candies and a vast assortment of ice creams. No resort community would be complete without its soda fountain and Saugatuck Drug Store has preserved the tradition of old-fashioned hand-creamed sodas and phosphates for 100 years—featured in the New York Times, it’s a must-see!

If you’re looking for a “joint that rocks” visit The White House Bistro and Capitol Lounge; bring your appetite and your dancing shoes! Phil’s Bar and Grille is our local “Cheers”. An upscale tavern with a bistro touch—try the lamb lollipops or broasted chicken. Delight your senses with fine artisan tea blends and create your signature bubble tea at the Saugatuck Tea Party Cafe. Close to the waterfront in downtown Saugatuck, this is the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea. The Sand Bar Saloon dubbed “the friendliest bar in town” is the place to go for pub grub and rockin’ bands. Hercules Bar and Grill provides that perfect “one-of-a-kind” experience—classic dishes expertly prepared by the owner/chef and courtyard garden dining, weather permitting.

For the sports enthusiast, Spectators Sports Bar & Grill serves up great food and sporting events with 25 TVs, and live dance music on the veranda in season.

On Center Street in Douglas, The Wild Dog Grille features steaks, fresh seafood and pasta in a premiere setting. Practically right across the street in a convivial galleria, Everyday People Café serves a creative menu of “eclectic-comfort food” with suggested wine pairings. The atmosphere is casual, hip and a real favorite with locals, too.

Heading south on Blue Star Highway from Douglas, you can order a hand tossed artisan pizza-to-remember from Pizza Mambo. Tucked away just south of Randolph Street is WayPoint Restaurant, serving home-style breakfast and lunch selections in a casual atmosphere—bring the kids! For “down-home” country cookin’, visit The Kalico Kitchen. Zing Eat/Drink at Blue Star and Wiley Road provides playfully eclectic décor, cool jazz and delectable contemporary cuisine that has everybody buz’Zing! Saugatuck Brewing Company is where you can savor the latest home-brewed beers and wonderful cuisine outside under an umbrella or indoors close to the tap.

In Fennville – just seven miles east of Saugatuck – you’ll come upon Salt of the Earth, a rustic American eatery & bakery specializing in fabulous, fresh local fare and terrific live music. Or how about enjoying Italian food in a luxury vintage 1938 rail car at Fennville Station Dining Coach & Lounge? Between Douglas and Fennville, Crane’s Pie Pantry is a favorite destination for its orchard-fresh pies, apple cider and home-cooked, child-pleasing meals. Culinary adventurers can even sign up for Hungry Village Tours and go behind-the-scenes of local specialty and organic food, beer and wine producers.

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