The Baking Steel Test Kitchen is a pretty great place to work! I love what I do and never get tired of "heading to the office." But, everyone needs a break now and then-a chance to see the world, recharge the batteries and find culinary inspiration. I was lucky to spend last week in a dreamy, Lake Michigan beach town, Saugatuck. The town is brimming with friendly faces, gorgeous beaches and more than a few foodie gems! It was an honor to call it my home away from home, if only for a week.
Here are a few of the spots we enjoyed that will serve as inspiration for some upcoming Baking Steel recipes.
This quaint, minimalist bistro serves up fresh, locally-sourced delights for breakfast and lunch. Come for the eggs stay for the impeccable service!
An untraditional take on a French Bistro, Black Walnut offers seasonally inspired cuisine, in an intimate and relaxed setting. Who knew dining "down alley" could be so great?!
With a two-time James Beard semi-finalist in the kitchen, this relaxed, lakeside venue is a sure thing! The eclectic decor adds to the charm and the biscuits are to die for!
Relaxed and friendly, this local hot spot features locally-sourced, from scratch, cuisine with an "at-home" vibe. Dine on the porch for a fun lunch/night on the town! Pimento cheese sandy coming soon to the Baking Steel kitchen, fries optional.
Their mantra "honest food and friendly folks" says it all. Their wood-fired pizza are hands-down the best in the area! The flavor combinations were epic, especially the feta & herb pizza. Look out for the recipe soon!
Everything you want in a deli and more! Friendly, knowledgeable staff serve up a bounty of deliciousness for every taste imaginable. And the t-shirts are pretty cool too!
In case you were wondering, I never leave home without my Mini. I had no issues lugging my 13 pound slab through TSA, it just rasied a few eyebrows after it went through the scanner. Every morning after my signature cup of coffee from Uncommon Grounds, pancakes were made on the Mini.