Restaurants on Mackinac Island

By Cam Middour

Beautiful Mackinac Island, Michigan is home to two picturesque golf clubs. The Wawashkamo Golf Club was called "One of America's Historic Golf Landmarks," by Reader's Digest, and the The Jewel Golf Course at the Grand Hotel is a public, 18-hole course with views of the Straits of Mackinac. Mackinac Island is known as a relaxing and historic place for golfers and their friends and families. Besides the beautiful scenery and stunning golf courses, Mackinac Island is home to some of the best culinary experiences in Michigan. The area restaurants are particularly known for their local, fresh seafood.

Carriage House

The Carriage House Restaurant is run by the elegant Iroquois Hotel on Mackinac Island. Guests can dine in either the glass-enclosed indoor dining room, or on an outdoor veranda overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. The dinner menu includes many classic and fresh seafood dishes, as well as duck, steak and pasta selections. For lighter fare, guests seated on the veranda can sample salads, sandwiches, and the restaurant's signature cocktails, like the "breakwall breeze," made with Bicardi rum and fresh fruit juices. The dessert menu is also a big reason why Carriage House is so popular. With selections like Bailey's Irish Cream cheesecake, and homemade lemon meringue pie, who can resist taking a bite?

Carriage House Restaurant
7485 Main St.
Iroquois Hotel
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

Pink Pony Bar & Grill

The Pink Pony Bar & Grill is a famous Mackinac Island restaurant, run by the Chippewa Hotel. The Pink Pony offers harbor views from its outdoor seating areas, as well as its windowed indoor dining areas, and visitors to the restaurant have called the food "excellent," the service "friendly and attentive," and the prices "reasonable," as published on But perhaps the main reason the Pink Pony is so popular with tourists and locals alike, is that it is also the premier live entertainment venue on the island.

The Pink Pony Bar and Grill
Chippewa Hotel
7221-105 Main St.
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

The Yankee Rebel Tavern

The Yankee Rebel Tavern gets its name from "...the patriot, Ambrose R. Davenport, who arrived on Mackinac Island as a military enlistee and later became a wealthy fur trader," according to the restaurant's website. The restaurant carries on the colonial tradition of American patriotism in its colonial decor, and its choice to serve mostly regional American foods and spirits. The menu is made up of many locally fresh seafood dishes, as well as pastas, sandwiches, and a few vegetarian selections, like the Portabella and Grilled Rye Garden Sandwiches.

The Yankee Rebel Tavern
1493 Astor St.
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

About The Author

Cam Middour has an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University, and has worked for "The New Yorker," "Narrative Magazine," and the Poetry Society of America. Her work is forthcoming, or has appeared in "New England Review," "Western Humanities Review," "Sarah Lawrence Review" and others. She has been writing professionally for seven years.
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