If you’re staying with us in peaceful Petoskey, or if you are planning to travel through Northern Michigan on your Class A RV adventures, you’re going to need to fuel up with good food along the way. So we want to help guide your taste buds to the best places around.

Of course, these are just a few fantastic places to eat when you’re on the road in and around Petoskey, and there are so many great local, innovative and tasty eateries to choose from, and we look forward to sharing these spectacular places to savor the flavors of Northern Michigan with you!

Along the lakeshore in Northern Michigan, you will find intriguing country towns mingled with vibrant cities along the scenic shoreline. These towns have an abundance of culinary destinations to visit, as well as sandy beaches and lighthouses lining the coast. Let’s start with something special right here in Petoskey…

Petoskey Cheese

If you’re in town for lunch, you must try the flatbread pizza from this place. It’s a show-stopper, and these different and delicious take on the traditional pizza is quickly becoming one of the main reasons that people return to this charming cheese shop time and again.

You’ll be impressed by the vastness of the cheese inventory, and well as delighted by all the ways this store will go above and beyond to create the perfect platter for tonight’s dinner … because who wants to cook when it can be done so well by someone else?  You can also call ahead to order lunch, or for catering a special occasion.

437 E Mitchell St
49770 Petoskey, Michigan
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+1 231-753-2805

Stafford’s Pier Restaurant

Not far away, in Harbor Springs, is Stafford’s Pier Restaurant; a tribute to the maritime heritage of beautiful Harbor Springs. This spectacular spot offers true waterfront dining, quite literally, as the Pier Restaurant was built on original pilings over the harbor.

The Pier overlooks the historic yacht basin while offering visitors a superb choice of fine cuisine, specializing in fresh seafood, prime cut steaks, and local favorites. Dudley’s Deck is without question the most famous outdoor dining spot in northern Michigan.

Along with spectacular views, the Pier notes an impressive culinary team, led by Executive Chef Rob Sargent.

The Pier is the center of action in Harbor Springs all year long. And especially when summertime hits, there is probably no more popular nightspot in town.

102 E Bay St
49740 Harbor Springs, Michigan
+1 231-526-6201

Crow’s Nest Restaurant and Catering

Let’s stay in Harbor Springs area, with a little off-the-beaten-path gem that is a great destination restaurant. At the Crow’s Nest they value farm-to-table fresh ingredients and a one of a kind up north atmosphere. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling in summer, spring, winter or fall, the Crow’s Nest will share a menu designed to show you what being “Up North” feels like.

This is THE place to try a traditional Perch Fry – every Friday night throughout the year they host a traditional Perch Fry at their restaurant. Only the freshest fish lightly battered with house-made tartar is accompanied by seasonal side dishes, house-made soups, salads and homemade desserts. An absolute must-try in Northern Michigan food!

They can also help you customize a special catered event, any way you would like. And of course, serve a menu that your guests will be talking about for years to come!

4601 N State Rd
49740 Harbor Springs, Michigan
+1 231-526-6011


If your mouth isn’t already watering with these delectable dining options, then just wait for us to share the next installment of Exceptional Food in Northern Michigan. There are so many sweet and savory flavors still yet to share, and we would love to hear from you what are your top food picks in Northern Michigan?  Please share with us in the comments below.