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

April 14, 2018 Fernanda Pittenger

Muskegon, Michigan, built on the fur and lumber trade, is now a calm vacation spot on Lake Michigan, calling itself "The Riviera of the Midwest." Sunbathe on several beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan, including Pere Marquette Beach, a certified Great Lakes "clean beach." Muskegon State Park provides hiking and camping opportunities in the summer, and ice skating, cross-country skiing and even a luge track in the winter. The city is also home to Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park.
Things to do in Muskegon

1. Bernie O's Pizza

321 Center St, North Muskegon, MI 49445-3104 Waitstaff, Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Highchairs Available Pizza Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 +1 231-744-4900
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

Bernie O's Pizza

Everyone is welcome at Bernie O's Pizza. We are the inventors of the infamous "Twist" Pizza, which has been featured on The Food Network as well as winner of several "Best Of" awards at the national, state and local level. If you love pizza, you will love The Twist!

Reviewed By petersgal - Grand Haven, Michigan

I don't find myself is North Muskegon very often, well, until today, so I ordered the infamous Twister Pizza I had heard so much about. The rumors are absolutely true - this very unique and unlikely combination of pineapple, ranch, peppers and tomatoes is out of this world! The crust is perfection! And I am a thin crust lover! If you find yourself anywhere near North Muskegon or you just have a hankering for a unique pizza experience, try the Twister from Bernie O's - I bet you will be sold to!

2. Fatty Lumpkins' Sandwich Shack

971 Washington Ave, Muskegon, MI 49441-1857 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating American, Soups, Delicatessen, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch +1 231-760-4382
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 144 reviews

Fatty Lumpkins' Sandwich Shack

Reviewed By WIlliam E - Muskegon, Michigan

The restaurant is in a residential neighborhood with very few tables inside. However, they make a great sandwich. Try the pastrami on rye bread with baby Swiss. Great place to pick up lunch on the go or takeout. Give it a try.

3. The Hearthstone Restaurant

3350 Glade St, Muskegon, MI 49444-2766 Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 231-733-1056
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 633 reviews

The Hearthstone Restaurant

Reviewed By BigDaddy3859 - Rockford, Michigan

Once again my wife and I had a great experience here. This was probably our 6th time eating dinner here and every meal has been great. The white fish is awesome. The Berkshire Pork Tomahawk is awesome. Love this place. Service is always good. Great atmosphere. A must visit if you are in the area

4. The Handsome Hobo Pizzeria

1437 Whitehall Rd, North Muskegon, MI 49445-1346 Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night +1 231-719-0123
Excellent
56%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

The Handsome Hobo Pizzeria

Reviewed By HDFLHPI - Weatherford, Texas

Haven't eaten there since the early winter 2017, and a lot can change in a restaurant during that time, but nothing did here at The Hobo's...foods still good, service is still good and they let us sit and catch-up with our guests whom we'd not seen for more than 6 months.

5. Toast 'N Jams

3462 Henry St, Muskegon, MI 49441-4356 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 5 - SGD 13 +1 231-737-5267
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 337 reviews

Toast 'N Jams

Upbeat 50's style breakfast & lunch restaurant with an eclectic flare and incredible food...anything from pancakes to Belgian waffles topped with glazed strawberries and whipped cream or omelettes, Chicago style French toast, huevos rancheros, Eggs Benedict to 10 different steakburgers, salads, soups and sandwiches... "When you walk in the door and see Mama's kitchen you will feel like you are home" We look forward to your time with us! Make sure you sign Mama's book, we'd like your comments about your experience with us...see you soon!

Reviewed By lovestotravel616 - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Stopped in for a hearty breakfast before heading over to Hoffmaster State Park for a hike after a long Michigan winter. The place had been recommended and after perusing the menu on-line and reading others' reviews, we were excited to go. It did not disappoint!

The place was bustling on this Saturday morning, but we were seated within 5-10 minutes. Even if we had a long wait, the comfortable seating and stacks of Trivial Pursuit cards would have kept us amused. Nice touch!

Our breakfast was delicious, service was great, and the place has a fun, whimsical Route 66-themed vibe. My husband and I shared a Monterey omelette (bacon, avocado, salsa, Monterey jack cheese) and an order of blueberry pancakes with bacon. We often like to both have some savory and sweet for breakfast, so this pairing was a perfect solution for us.

A few highlights to mention - the pancakes can be ordered with real maple syrup for a small up-charge. One of our family mantras is ALWAYS go for real maple syrup when available, it's totally worth it. Next, the toast that so innocently comes with the omelette (we chose sourdough) is not just any store-bought bread - it's from The Village Baker - one of our favorite places and recently voted the fifth best bakery in Michigan! The small offering of homemade jam that accompanied the bread was superb!

So all in all, Toast 'N Jams is the real deal, we will indeed be back!

6. The Station Grill

910 W Broadway Ave, Muskegon, MI 49441-3522 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 231-759-0633
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 294 reviews

The Station Grill

Reviewed By Russ H - Grand Rapids, Michigan

We do not go to Muskegon, period. But, since our grandson had a wrestling tourney in Norton shore, I checked TA for restaurant recommendations and came up with this one. We decided to try it as the only places that were rated higher were a breakfast place and a higher-end establishment. We were not disappointed. The burgers are big (and we just got the 8oz ones) and, while a bit over cooked, were very tasty. The fries were good also. The service is the best of what you can expect in a place like this and the ambiance is perfect. The only problem is that they put 4 people at a two top and it does not work well. It is a "make the best of a bad situation" situation. It worked for us, as we were only two, but we observed numerous people experiencing difficulty. I realize that they are unlikely to change this, so this is more a warning than anything else.

7. Lefty & Romos' Bar and Grill

1985 Holton Rd, Muskegon, MI 49445-1533 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 231-744-3222
Excellent
64%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 177 reviews

Lefty & Romos' Bar and Grill

Excellent pub and grill. A wide variety of items from sandwiches to steak and prime rib. I have gone many times and every meal/experience was great.

Reviewed By fourbeesplus3 - Grand Rapids, MI

This is a pub and grill. The bar has most things but not a good selection of hard cider- Redds and Angry Orchard.
The menu features normal grill type foods but also has hot roast beef or hot Turkey sandwiches, beef stew and a variety of soups, salads and appetizers.
The dinner menu has typical favorites including blue gill and walleye.
This is a popular place. Expect a wait, unless someday they add an expansion. Service is quick.

8. Carmen's Cafe

878 Jefferson St, Muskegon, MI 49440-1216 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 231-726-6317
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Carmen's Cafe

Reviewed By copperdragon66 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Our family's experience at Carmen's was as near to perfect as you could get. The entire experience was superior. Even though we arrived on a Sunday, about noon, our party of five was still seated within five minutes by a genuinely friendly hostess. At some restaurants, things tend to go south quickly when they fill to capacity, but at Carmen's the entire staff seemed to be running like a well oiled machine. Taking our orders was efficient, and the food seemed to come very quickly despite every table being filled. Every member of our party remarked that it was the best meal they'd had in our two weekends in Muskegon.

My only complaint is that when the restaurant is full to capacity, the fact they only have two single room restrooms is a bit of a disappointment, but I still give them five stars because everything else was perfect and delicious.

Highly recommended, even at their busiest times.

9. The Lake House Waterfront Grille

730 Terrace Point Rd, Muskegon, MI 49440-1100 Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night SGD 12 - SGD 52 +1 231-722-4461
Excellent
62%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 560 reviews

The Lake House Waterfront Grille

Reviewed By Roberta F - North Muskegon, Michigan

From the prompt and attentive attention from the Maitre d’ to the thank you from our waitress as we left the ambiance, service and food was terrific. It has been awhile since I have eaten here and had forgotten how good the food was. All entrees are served with a huge side dish and the foot was hot and the plates were attractive. I had mussels and they were delicious which is hard to,do so far from any salt water. The restaurant sits on the shore of Muskegon Lake so the views are of a marina and water. (Or ice in this instance)

10. Hank's Tavern

2536 Henry St, Muskegon, MI 49441-3024 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +1 231-760-6440
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Hank's Tavern

Reviewed By Gerald H - Norton Shores, Michigan

all three of the foods names are excellent. A large variety of burger types win angus or mixed with bacon (yes, tried it and better than I thought-bacon makes everything Better), Cajun, black bean...and the variety of toppings makes it your way! The Mexican whether burritos or tacos or fajitas have been quite good also. The steak deal for a top sirloin of 2 for $22 is very good, but I do like their filet mignon is absolutely terrific. Cozy place...sit f towards the fireplace in the back. Arrive early (means before 5p, especially weekend or Fridays) or you can wait 20+ minutes....but worth it if you can.

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