Saugatuck Michigan Restaurant Tour

salt of the earth

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.  


veggies and eggs

This quaint, minimalist bistro serves up fresh, locally-sourced delights for breakfast and lunch.  Come for the eggs stay for the impeccable service! 

Black Walnut

vegetable bowl

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?! 

The Southerner 


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! 

Lucy's Little Kitchen


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.    

Salt of the Earth


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!   

Farmhouse Deli

farm house deli

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!

The Mini

The Mini

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.

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