After a long day of skiing or playing in the winter snow, trying to decide where to eat dinner might just be too much effort. After years of vacationing in the region, we’ve got the BEST places down pat. Once you review this list, your problem is more likely to be which one to pick!
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Boyne Mountain Restaurants:
If you are staying onsite at Boyne Mountain, plenty of food options are available, but two of them stand out as must-visits.
1. The Trophy Room
For amazing pizza, salads, and appetizers, The Trophy Room should be your go-to spot for dining around Boyne Mountain. The pizzas are fantastic (especially the Superbowl), the salads large and full of fresh ingredients, and you won’t want to miss indulging in an order of cheesy bread with ranch dipping sauce. If you choose to eat in the dining room, you’ll find soda and beer on tap, but The Trophy Room is also an excellent choice if you want to relax in your room. The to-go pizzas are every bit as delicious as enjoying them fresh at the table.
2. Forty Acres
The other standout restaurant at Boyne Mountain Resort is Forty Acres. Situated at the base of the mountain, this cozy pub has a full bar and a delicious menu full of upscale bar food. Their white chicken chili is an après ski favorite, as is the decadent mac and cheese. If you love dessert, consider the Skillet S’mores Brownie for an over-the-top experience. But there are also a few lighter options to pick from. The restaurant is always busy, so plan on putting your name in early, but the crowd is gregarious and always up for a good time. It feels like the quintessential ski hangout.
Boyne City Restaurants:
If you feel like venturing a bit farther, Boyne City is only six miles from Boyne Mountain and offers some of the BEST restaurants in the area.
3. Café Sante
Café Sante is a top pick for birthday dinners or other celebrations. The inside is dark and cozy with a gorgeous bar, and French bistro touches like secluded booths and dim lighting. The menu consists of typical French bistro fare such as steak and frites and fresh mussels. Café Sante has a fabulous happy hour (5 before 5) with terrific deals on appetizers and drinks, so if you can arrive early, it’s a nice way to start your night.
4. Red Mesa
Craving Latin/Mexican food? Red Mesa is a crowd favorite for vacationers and locals alike. The salsa is a little bit smoky and the margaritas are strong and flavorful. Craving street tacos or fajitas? Then Red Mesa is the spot. The inside is funky and colorful and if you happen to visit on the weekend, you might luck out with live music.
5. Lake Street Pub
There are several pubs in the area as pub food is the perfect choice after a day of skiing, but Lake Street Pub is a perennial favorite. The menu has something for everyone, from delicious burgers and sandwiches to nachos and chicken wings. Enjoy a draft beer or a fun cocktail with your meal, or even go crazy and ask about the “shot ski”. There is plenty of seating which makes it a great choice for larger groups or families.
6. Provisions Wine Lounge
A fairly new spot in Boyne City is the small but fancy Provisions Wine Lounge. Although there is some seating at the bar itself, there are also a handful of tables if you prefer more space. We’ve been purchasing wine and beer from the connected market for years, so were thrilled to try out the wine lounge on a recent visit. The selection of beer and wine is fantastic, but I really enjoyed the cocktails. The bartender made them fresh for us and although pricey, they were strong and of excellent quality. There are a variety of dinner options, but the most fun is to order a variety of small plates and share them amongst your group.
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7. Tap 30 Pourhouse
Tap 30 Pourhouse is the ideal choice if you are a fan of brewpubs and looking for some comfort food. They have an extensive variety of beers on tap, most of them local, and a great menu full of bar food favorites. The Totchos are hearty and loaded with toppings, the wings are delicious and the burgers are perfectly prepared. Order a flight of beer and a burger and you’ll leave the joint full and happy.
8. Back Lot Petoskey Beer Garden
If you visit Boyne Mountain in the summer (and with the amazing golf courses right on-site you should), then a visit to the Back Lot is a must. Located just a few blocks from the main downtown on Michigan Street, the Back Lot has a variety of local food trucks as well as a full bar. There is indoor and outdoor seating, and it’s fun to try a smorgasbord of all the best the region has to offer. You should definitely pick up a street taco from Happy’s Taco Truck, and then consider fresh perch from The Reel Deal Fish & Chips or a delicious sandwich with Tzatziki sauce from Mim’s Mobile Grill. Everyone can pick what they want and then convene at a picnic table to enjoy a unique and fun dinner together.
9. The Beacon Bistro
Ready for a more upscale dining experience? Give The Beacon Bistro on Bay Street a try. The restaurant is small, so call ahead or prepare for a wait, but the view and the food are well worth it. There is one dining area with expansive windows overlooking Little Traverse Bay. The menu changes, but typically includes some sort of fresh fish option, steak and frites, loaded salads, and more. Desserts are not to be missed as there is usually a rich chocolate as well as fruity dessert option (like key lime cake or Spiced Apple Cheesecake). Overall, it’s an elegant, memorable dining experience.
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