The Mackinac Bridge
I try to have local whitefish, perch and walleye when visiting the Mackinac Straits area, because they are not available at restaurants at home in Kansas. I was surprised to learn they were not on the menu at Up North, but relieved to discover that the Friday special was all you can eat whitefish for $12.99. It was supposed to include a salad bar, but the salad bar had already been torn down for the night and my server brought me a salad, coleslaw and a relish plate with beans, deviled egg, carrot salad, cranberry salad & potato salad. I thought the sweet coleslaw and potato salad were both very good. The beans were far too sweet for my taste.
I chose to have my whitefish deep fried. Although the piece of fish below may look large, it isn't that large by Mackinaw City restaurant standards. But I was welcome to have more. The fish was fine, the fries were pretty ordinary. My second piece of whitefish was grilled with butter and pepper, The fish was good both ways, but not outstanding.
During this winter, the Up North restaurant is open only Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday morning, Dad and I started with breakfast at the Pancake Chef restaurant on Central Avenue. It has been in operation since the 1960s and some of the management is unchanged after all that time. This time of year, the Pancake Chef is only open until 2PM. It offers full breakfast and lunch menus. Most meals are about $8.50, there are various pancakes for $5.95 without side dishes, or a breakfast buffet for $8.95.
Dad was quite happy with his eggs, hash browns and sausage. He said the sausage links were particularly good. I had The Scramble which included a choice of having sausage, bacon, ham or veggies mixed in along with cheese. The scramble wasn't very hot when served, and I thought $8.50 was high for an ordinary breakfast in Mackinaw City.
Lunch was at the Brown Trout Restaurant Tavern in Indian River. The best part of the meal was the Brown Trout Tavern Cheese, an appetizer made from smoke lake trout, cheese and horseradish ($9). My chicken Caesar wrap had plenty of chicken, but could have used more dressing. It was $7.99 with potato chips.
Dad had a huge bowl of chili for $4.99. It was thick and meaty, with kidney beans. The flavor was rather sweet and he really didn't care for the chili. He said his previous experiences at the Brown Trout Restaurant had also been inconsistent.