Where to Eat in Baldwin: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Leonarda Pillsbury

Baldwin is a village in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,208 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Lake County. The village is located on the boundary between Webber Township on the north and Pleasant Plains Township on the south, with the larger portion lying in Pleasant Plains.

1. Jones Ice Cream

858 Michigan Ave, Baldwin, MI 49304-7123 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 231-745-3591
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Jones Ice Cream

Reviewed By kikibangbang34 - Wisconsin

So many things have changed over the past 53 years.
Howevee Jone's ice cream us not one of those.
Everything about it is the same. The smell, the tate and the location.
The best black cherry ice cream any where in the world. And trust me I've tried it everywhere!
On a recent trip to michigan I had to stop, much as we did every weekend if my childhood driving up to Traverse city. I certain was not disapointed. Thank you Jone's. For just a few mins I was sent back in time to a special place that my Dad took me every sat.

2. Barski's

4016 Michigan 37, Baldwin, MI Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 231-745-6015
Excellent
28%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 80 reviews

Barski's

Reviewed By Deana S - United States

Menu was surprisingly varied and had upscale choices. We stopped in for an early lunch and it got quite busy; felt like front and back of the house were caught unprepared.

Walleye was well prepared and good. Burgers were extremely over cooked. Onion rings and homemade chips were good.

3. Pompeii's

751 Michigan Ave, Baldwin, MI 49304-7129 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery Pizza, Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 231-745-2727
Excellent
62%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Pompeii's

Reviewed By Adam56 - Comstock Park, MI

Lots of tables but no table service, Sat for about five minutes before figuring that out, even though we were greeted by the guy at the order counter. Walked up and ordered fairly efficient and ordered our drinks. Group of five and the orders came out sporadically a five minute wait from the first to the last. Ordered subs without tomatoes and of course they came with tomatoes. Never asked what kind of dressing we wanted on the s ( menu says BBQ, Mayo or dressing (Italian as it tuns out) they opted for the Italian dressing which would be second on a normal sandwich. If you forgot to ask please ask!! The sandwiches came with onions although they listed that as an option ( never ordered)
Salad was pretty standard but it is hard to screw up ham, lettuce and cheese as a "Chef's salad"
The calzones were classified as good/ nothing special in the two that were had.
Vegetables were raw .
Would we go back . . NOPE!

4. Dairy Queen

695 Michigan Ave, Baldwin, MI 49304-7130 +1 231-745-7621
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Reviewed By Dave M - Holland

All ways a good stop, pricey but it is ice cream! service could be better but it is ok. we go at least four times a year. last visit was it Sept, of 13. looking for spring when they reopen.

5. Government Lake Lodge

4953 S M 37, Baldwin, MI 49304-9407 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 231-745-3000
Excellent
23%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
10%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 47 reviews

Government Lake Lodge

Reviewed By Sand-n-Sun16 - Irons

Such a missed opportunity! Quaint old cabin overlooking the lake, what's not to like? The food is terrible, wait staff is horrible. The place is filthy and you don't even want to eat your food looking at the servers, bus staff and kitchen help. The food is all processed frozen type and nothing home made or created.several visits there, always the same. We try to give local spots business and want them to succeed but this owner doesn't seem to care or get it. What a waste! Could be great!

6. Tiny's Tasty Trests by the Big Star

2703 W 76th St, Baldwin, MI 49304-7611 +1 231-745-7171
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By Patricia A - Reed City, Michigan

We decided to stop by this ice cream spot for the first time in a couple years. We love ice cream, and the previous employees were often were surprised by the amounts we can consume. The new owners have this covered, and our large chocolate dipped in chocolate cone was huge! It tasted great - the chocolate has a delicious hint of mocha or dutch chocolate flavor. We'll be back again soon.

7. Dave's Riverside Cafe

1435 8th St, Baldwin, MI 49304-9221 American, Mediterranean, Greek +1 231-745-2040
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Dave's Riverside Cafe

Reviewed By jkfhope - West Michigan

This place is a little out of the way, but well worth the trip. I first had them when they catered a friend's rehearsal dinner and just ate at their cafe for the first time this weekend. It is more of a food stand than cafe, but they have outdoor seating on the river. I would eat their gyro's sitting in my car if I had to--we will definitely be making a return trip this summer. We also had their onion rings and curly fries, both were good but nothing special-- the main draw is the delicious gyros!

8. Na-Tah-Ka South

6392 W 76th St, Baldwin, MI 49304-8482 Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 231-898-5252
Excellent
25%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
10%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 28 reviews

Na-Tah-Ka South

Reviewed By MichVagabond - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Got the special -- ribs, baked beans, potato salad for 10 bucks. On the plus side, the portions were huge, and the food edible. But it was very average. The ribs had been boiled and then the tomato barbecue sauce slathered on, when it would have been nice to have them grilled or oven baked so the flavor cooks in. baked beans also pretty watery, everything needed salt and flavoring. Service is a bit capricious here, can be very slow at times.

9. Subway

1210 Michigan Ave, Shell Gas Station C-Store, Baldwin, MI 49304-7900 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 231-745-3803
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By sean160 - Beavercreek, Ohio

Subway is the best for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can't go wrong with subway when you are traveling. I always love the chicken teriyaki.

10. Northern Exposure

396 Michigan St, M-37 One Mi South Of Us10, Baldwin, MI 49304-8900 Waitstaff Breakfast +1 231-745-3171
Excellent
18%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
9%
Terrible
18%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 11 reviews

Northern Exposure

Reviewed By Dave M - Holland

The Friday night fish fry is all you can eat, It takes a long time to get your food but worth the wait. They have specials each night but I like the fish. seating is limited so go early.

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