Short’s Brewing Company (Bellaire) $$: Fun, hip, eclectic new Brewing Company; great array of home-brewed beers, excellent wraps, sandwiches and soups. If you like beer and you like food, this is a must stop! Weekend Entertainment.
The Dockside (Bellaire) $$ : Casual dining on Torch Lake and the Claim River. Burgers and fish baskets, fresh salads, zesty mexican and great appetizers. Cocktails, outside deck seating on the lake. 7 days a week 11am-10pm.
Siren Hall (Elk Rapids) $$$$: Open for lunch and dinner, Siren Hall specializes in upscale fare from the sea. The restaurant offers an outdoor patio during the appropriate seasons. Same owner as Lulu's Bistro. Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen (Elk Rapids) $$$: Rollicking good-time Cajun & Creole restaurant; great Cajun music, traditional Cajun & Creole dishes like Blackened Alligator, Jambalaya, Crawfish Etouffee, fun staff. Very busy after 7pm.
Rowe Inn (Ellsworth) $$$$$: Fine dining in casual atmosphere featuring fresh local seasonal ingredients like asparagus, venison and morel mushrooms. Expansive fine wine list Toonie’s Steakhouse (Bellaire) $:Casual family dining downtown by theatre. Nice selection of favorites; steaks, fish, chicken, ribs, pastas, sandwiches, wraps & classic entrees.
The Blue Pelican: (2535 N. Main, Central Lake)$$$:Casual dining in Central Lake's landmark haunted brick Inn. Extensive menu of pastas, steaks, seafood, southern fare and local fish delicacies. (231) 544-2583.
Papa K’s (201 S. Division St., Bellaire) $$ Casual pizza and sub shop near Glen’s Market. Great pizza, subs and salads, and even an indoor mini golf course! Kind of rustic on the inside, but they deliver.