Central Lake Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Central Lake

April 14, 2018 Carley Gatson

Central Lake is a village in Antrim County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 952 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Central Lake Township.
Things to do in Central Lake

1. Short's Brewing Company

121 N Bridge St, Bellaire, MI 49615-9509 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 231-498-2300
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 665 reviews

Short's Brewing Company

Reviewed By roger3116 - midland, mi

Stopped in on a Friday night with friends. Tried a couple flights, they are changing beers constantly. A
Couple hard ciders too. We had dinner as well; someday sandwich, buffalo chicken dip, white pepper sandwich, where'd the cheese go sandwich. Nachos with pork was very tasty. The pizzas looked good and we all had food envy. All our food rocked! Staff is fun and friendly. I've been here several times and always have a great time. Love this place!

2. Moka Coffee Pastries & Wine

102 N Bridge St, Bellaire, MI 49615-5105 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +1 231-533-6262
Excellent
51%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 123 reviews

Moka Coffee Pastries & Wine

Reviewed By Teri D

We own a home in this area, but have never
tried this place. It was an early summer evening and we wanted to sit outside, have a drink and a snack. We chose a table and were delivered water and menus, and then...NOTHING. Everyone sitting outside was ignored. We are pretty patient people, but we'd had time to study the food and beverage menu, in depth, and....NOTHING. Finally we decided to push closer to home and abandon this plan. Maybe we'll try again some other time. The food sounded good and the drinks were reasonably priced, but we have nothing to say, because, apparently, they forgot about half there customers outside.

3. The Rowe Inn Restaurant

6303 E Jordan Rd, Ellsworth, MI 49729-9701 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards French, European Dinner, Drinks SGD 30 - SGD 55 +1 231-588-7351
Excellent
67%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 121 reviews

The Rowe Inn Restaurant

The Rowe Inn of Ellsworth, Michigan, offers an intimate, casual atmosphere of fine dining for Charlevoix, Torch Lake and all of Northern Michigan. You'll find our seasonal menus and expansive fine wine collection perfect for any occasion. Individuals, couples, groups and families are equally welcome and catered to. All our meals and wines are served with passion and commitment unsurpassed by anyone in Northern Michigan's fine dining industry. Reservations required. No BYO bottle corking fee available.

Reviewed By Susan B

Ordered the Broiled Walleye with Lime Remoulade Sauce.
It came with Uncle Ben's wild rice and some slaw. Really disappointed the rice wasn't even homemade.
The presentation was awful.... not a sprig of parsley or lemon, or garnish of any kind. Very bland.
Definitely ordered the wrong thing.

4. Blue Pelican Inn

2535 N Main St, Central Lake, MI 49622-9270 Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 231-544-2583
Excellent
47%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 78 reviews

Blue Pelican Inn

Reviewed By looski - Encinitas, California

We enjoyed our dining experience at the Blue Pelican Inn. I had ribs which were fall off the bone delicious. The fish special was quite tasty too. Our waitress was great. Enjoyed the evening.

5. Ruthie's Chicken & Dairy Twist

201 N Bridge St, Bellaire, MI 49615-9589 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Ruthie's Chicken & Dairy Twist

231-533-8538 Ruthie's is a special destination in the town of Bellaire. Must visit! We always go for ice cream creations, but the food is good too. The ceiling and walls are decorated with vintage kitchen stuff. It is open It is open seasonally, but in season, the people are lined up out the door. It is small, with seating for perhaps 30 people or so. It is just down the street from the Grand Victorian Inn, where we always stay.

Reviewed By Gatorgolfer - Knoxville, Tennessee

After golf we ate early and came to Ruthie's for dessert. We both had sundaes....hers was hot fudge, mine was caramel and cashews. You can get either soft server or hard ice cream....we picked hard icecream. Sundaes were huge, and tasty. There are a few chairs and picnic tables beside the place...nothing fancy.

6. Fudgees

2420 Main St, Central Lake, MI 49622-5139 Wheelchair Accessible +1 616-916-6569
Excellent
86%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 13 reviews

Reviewed By Ronmsparks - Coopersville, Michigan

Good but rather expensive ice cream cones @ $3 for single dip. Discovered after ordering that I had misread the menu: 'soft' ice cream was less than $2 for a cone...but 'hard' ice cream was more. Lesson learned...I will read the menu more carefully next time.

7. Garden Cafe

886 US Highway 31 N, 10 Miles North Of Elk Rapids On US-31, Kewadin, MI 49648-9273 +1 231-599-2824
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By jcscville - Collierville, TN

Enjoy delicious wood fired pizza, herbs growing out of your table, live music and beautiful nursery gardens surroundings! My new favorite place near Elk Rapids.

8. Toonies Fish & Steak House

216 N Bridge St, Bellaire, MI 49615-8101 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 231-533-8513
Excellent
38%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 160 reviews

Toonies Fish & Steak House

Reviewed By Chris H - Grand Rapids, Michigan

I ended up coming here 3 times on my trip Up North this year. All 3 times I ordered the Bourbon Street Steak. Awesome steak. Delicious every time. It comes with Bread that is excellent. One meal I got French Onion Soup that was good. The other two visits I got a salad that was large and very fresh. All 3 visits I got Mashed Potatoes that were excellent. The Last visit I got a piece of Chocolate Cake to go, it was an excellent piece of cake. Also on the Last Visit I ate with a friend that had the Perch Sandwich. He stated it was excellent.

The Service was excellent.

Overall 4.5 Stars. Since I have to round I'll round up. I will be back next year.

9. The Front Porch Cafe

9235 Main St, Ellsworth, MI 49729-9800 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch SGD 7 +1 231-588-2000
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

The Front Porch Cafe

Reviewed By dshendri - Indianapolis, Indiana

We always come to The Front Porch to eat when staying on Torch Lake during the summer. Such nice folks here. This is a non profit ministry with suggested donation prices on your ticket. Pay more and help feed the needy or pay less if you need to. All prices on the menu are suggested donations. We had a great diner type meal for breakfast. My favorite part is the Rocky Top cherry jelly they serve with their toast. So good. We even went to Rocky Top to buy more. Great place to eat up north!

10. Torch Lake Cafe

4990 US Highway 31 N, Central Lake, MI 49622-9489 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available American, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 231-599-1111
Excellent
42%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 73 reviews

Torch Lake Cafe

Torch Lake Cafe is an American restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The cafe offers a wide selections of foods including pizzas and flatbreads and has a full service bar.

Reviewed By Jim E - Bellaire, Michigan

Visited on a Wednesday night. Wasn’t busy and was seated immediately. Staff members were great; drinks came almost immediately. Menu has a variety of choices with a separate pizza menu; some items seemed a bit pricey but it is located in a tourist area with expensive homes so that is understandable. We didn’t have to wait long for our food to arrive. It was okay but nothing special; I had an olive burger and a side of onion rings. I had hoped they would have been homemade but they weren’t. My wife had the chicken parmigiana which she said tasted good but she was a bit disappointed with the “toast” that came with it. We will give the place another chance and order something different next time. As I stated, the place looks great and staff was good.

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