Michigan Family Travel Celebrates Family Friendly Food!
Listed below are some of the Michigan Family Travel bloggers' favorite restaurants and cafe's. These are in no particular order, but we have enjoyed them all!
Coffee and Beverages
Agua Dulce- Located in historic downtown Monroe. This small cafe features delicious coffee, tea and selected, delicious, hand-baked treats.
Red Dot Coffee- Located in the quaint, suburb of Northville. This gem features a wonderful pour-over, soothing chai- tea lattes, and a bright, open setting.
The Victorian Cafe- Located in the lake town of Hale, this cafe features satisfying coffee and amazing smoothies. If you are in the area, definitely stop in!
Roast and Toast- Located in downtown Petoskey, this features amazing coffee and delicious healthy lunch options. Great salads, hearty sandwiches, in a quirky, eclectic setting. For us it is a must stop when we are in the area.
Plymouth Coffee Bean- Located in downtown Plymouth. The perfect location to enjoy a cup of coffee and planning the next phase of your family travel adventures, or after seeing a show at the historic Penn Theatre, or wonderful concert in the park. The kids will enjoy the wonderful Banana Chai as you play a game on the patio. The oldest independent coffee shop in Michigan and well worth trip if you are seeing an authentic, eclectic, cozy coffee house experience with great beverages, delicious crepes and other light menu options.
Falling Rock Cafe and Bookstore- Located in downtown Munising. This is one of our favorite stops in the entire state. Located in Munising and featuring delicious coffee, satisfying meals, books, live music and wonderful conversation. This is the quintessential independent store and embodies the charming, interesting, and important work of the small-business owner serving the needs of the community. Check it out!
Desserts and Treats
Shatila Bakery- With locations in West Bloomfield and Dearborn, you can not go wrong with a trip to Shatila. The lovingly created baklava, cakes, and pastries are feasts for the eyes as well as the palates. Amazing!
Dunia Sweets- Located at 15375 Inkster Road in Redford, this small, unassuming bakery has delicious snacks. If you are in the western suburbs, please stop in and support this wonderful family friendly establishment. They have several types of baklava, wonderful cakes and pastries, all of which is delicious. Very reasonably priced.
Wealthy Street Bakery- Magnificent muffins are just the start of great treats at the Wealthy Street Bakery in Grand Rapids.
Treat Dreams Ice Cream- Artisanal ice cream in creative flavor combinations including Mexican Chocolate and Potato Chip Ice Cream. Locations in Detroit and Ferndale.
Cannoli Pastry- Located in the heart of West Dearborn near the historic Commandant's Quarters, this is a wonderful addition to the Dearborn Foodie Scene. Featuring Cannoli's and other European style desserts in a cozy, inviting setting. The staff are wonderful and the desserts out of this world! On a recent busy Saturday afternoon, the owner was passing out free bottled water to all customers-what a thoughtful gesture! Very family oriented and delicious.
Leo's Coney Island This metro Detroit coney island chain is one of the most reliable meals around and at a great value. From Greek Salads to hearty omelettes, everyone in your family will find something to satisfy.
The Dog Pit- Located in downtown Grand Rapids, this low-key, no frills hot dog restaurant has great hot dog combinations and veggie dogs too!
Suzy's Pasties- Located in St. Ignace, this has one of the most satisfying pasties around-moist filling and tasty crust. Yummy!
Mr. Jack'ss Sports Bar and Grill An East Tawas favorite. Healthy salads and wraps as well as sweet potato fries with heavenly dipping sauce.
Barb's Pasties- Located at 610 S. Main Street in Clawson, Michigan. Barb's has some of the the best pasties south of the bridge. Definitely stop and see.
Neehee's- Located on Ford Road in Canton. This features wonderful Indian vegetarian street food. We love eating the Papdi Chaat and watching cricket. It tends to be a bit spicy, so be sure to ask for mild if you do not enjoy the spicy foods. They even have a kid's menu with grilled cheese or the cheese and jam dosa.
Le Crepe Du Jour- Located in the River Place Shops in Frankenmuth, stop in this small, unassuming restaurant for delicious crepes. For a tasty dessert crepe, consider the Banana Foster crepe. I also recommend the spinach and feta crepe for a vegetarian lunch or dinner option.
Pekadill's- Located in Whitehall. This charming restaurant and ice-cream parlor is family owned and wonderful. It features a variety of delicious and healthy food from tuna sandwiches to salads and wraps. Families sit on the front porch eating ice cream and talk about the day at the beach or sit in their amazing back garden and enjoy a satisfying meal after a day of biking the Hart-Montague Trail. We've eaten at Pekadill's over a dozen times and never been disappointed.
Deli's and Markets
International Market- Located at 15383 Inkster Road, featuring a variety of middle-eastern foods. If you are looking for a snack of baba ghanoush and pita for your picnic at the park, then definitely stop here-theirs is amazing.
Westborn Market- One of the finest markets anywhere in America. WIth locations in Berkley, Dearborn, Livonia, and Plymouth, they have a great variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, prepared deli items with lots of vegetarian options, delicious soups, desserts and more. Perfect stop for all your picnic needs.
Bombay Grocers- This is one of my new favorite stores in the metro-Detroit area. It is small and stocked full of Indian grocery items. From tea to spices, to frozen Sag Paneer, they have it all. Treat yourself to a feast of color as you marvel at the interesting packaging and international items. Cap out your visit with a delicious dessert from their cooler near the register. Yummy!