Three for Thursday: Mackinac Island Dining

I’m starting a new Thursday column, “Three for Thursday.” Every Thursday I’ll talk about something in threes. That’s about all I can tell you for now. The actual topics are secret (aka: still unknown!)

Today I’ll cover my three favorite places to eat on Mackinac Island! We’re preparing for a fall visit and I’m getting very excited. There are many, many wonderful places to eat on the island, and we’re a long way from trying them all. We really should try more, but these three favorites keep pulling us back! Our goal is to try at least one or two new restaurants per visit so this may change, but for two years running these have remained my favorites!

1. The Chuckwagon of Mackinac Island – This is hands down our favorite place to eat. It’s a small diner on Main Street with fabulous breakfast/lunch fare. Owned by husband and wife team Donny and Sharon, it’s a family affair with high quality food and good prices. The Chuckwagon is open for breakfast and lunch. We often bashfully ask if it’s embarrassing to go to the same restaurant for both meals in a single day. They assure us our secret will be safe with them and they won’t poke fun! Build your own omelet for breakfast or try an Asiago Burger for lunch. Or, in my case, both!

Chuckwagon

2. The Yankee Rebel Tavern – Located on Astor Street (which is just off Main Street) the Yankee Rebel Tavern is our favorite dinner option. The atmosphere is perfect, the staff is great and they offer several different lunch and dinner specials daily. Our favorites for dinner are the Prime Rib (melts in your mouth!) or if meat’s not your thing how about Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese! I’m hungry just thinking about it!

3. Pink Pony – The Pink Pony is a great place to eat, drink, or just hang out. It reminds me of Cheers of 90s television fame. The atmosphere is welcoming and you can always find a favorite sporting event or two showing on their many TVs. There are three dining options at the Pink Pony (located on Main Street on the ground floor of the Chippewa Hotel): Dining Room, Bar, and Patio. The dining room is the more formal than the bar and patio, but in atmosphere only as casual dress is the norm everywhere on the island. We like the bar area best. And we think the best item on the menu is the Prime Rib French Dip!

With so many dining options on the island, this barely scratches the surface. It’s almost too hard to choose! And if you’re having the same problem, I hope this helps you pick someplace to start!


The links contained in this post are direct (not affiliate) links and I have not been compensated for these reviews in any way. In fact, these restaurants don’t even know I’ve included them. For a full FTC-required disclosure statement, please view my About page.


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