As we say good-bye to summer I am reminded that the beach season is over. That mean’s it’s time for me to say good-bye to my favorite town – at least for the season. That is, unless the weather holds up around our anniversary (Nov. 7) and we can take the 1 1/2 drive north. (Edit: We ended up going to Houghton Lake, MI instead.) We’ve been able to do it in the past and say at our favorite little resort. Even though we can’t wear shorts, we can still walk the beach and visit our favorite shops. I am thankful we were at least able to take a weekend trip back in May.
East Tawas brings back a lot of happy memories for me. As a young girl living in Oklahoma we would take the 1600 mile trek across the states to see our family. My mother, my grandmother, some aunts and cousins would pack up the van and head to East Tawas. My other aunt and cousins would come down from Oscoda, which was the next town over (up.) We would walk around the small downtown and check out all the shops. Back then a lot of the shops were food and gift related and always had some sort of samples for tourists to try. Then we would stop at Marion’s Dairy Bar for some Michigan made ice-cream. We would all then cross the street and walk the docks out into the water while we checked out our boats.
When I was really young my grandmother would tell my cousins and I that if we could walk the whole dock and back – finishing all of our ice cream before it melted we could have another one. Well, it wasn’t until we were much older that we realized that maybe we shouldn’t get the giant waffle cones with 3-4 scoops of ice cream.
East Tawas is also the place where I “fell in love” with Mr. Yum. I think a part of me always knew I had strong feelings for him, but during our first trip there I just knew that we had a really great connection.
East Tawas is a small town, but it packs a lot of punch. It’s one of my favorite little places here in Michigan.
So, let me tell you about the top five best places to enjoy some eats while you are in town. (In no particular order)
This was a deep-fried and stuffed burger. And he wonder’s why he has to take meds for his blood pressure , triglycerides and heart. 😉
Smoked brisket. #nomnom
1. Wingin’ It – When we stopped in to Wingin’ It we were heading down the street to check out the Irish pub we usually pop in at. We were surprised to see it gone, but at the same time, interested to see that a wing shack had opened in its place. We really enjoy hot wings – especially if they are cooked to perfection. A lot of the shops here put their sales ads and menus outside. So, I checked their menu and saw they were also a smoke house. Ohhhh and they had brisket. Hubs tried this super fatty deep friend burger that made my skin crawl just looking at it. I of course had the brisket. We also shared some wings as an appetizer.
2. Whitetail In (facebook page) – Whitetail in has been around for as long as I can remember. Although I am not sure if it was around when I was younger. I wish I would have stuck my head in on our first trip, but it wasn’t until we had taken a few trips before giving it a try. In our past trips we would either eat breakfast at the restaurant in the hotel or head down to the Irish pub for a $1.99 breakfast. Well, the pub is no longer there as it was sold and Wingin’ It took over the space.
Whitetail is small. So small in that I think maybe there are 10-15 booths. They are only open from 9am to 2pm. It’s a diner dive and should be featured on Diners Drive-In and Dives. (aka Triple D.) The wait it short, the wait staff is super friendly and constantly on the go. The food is home-cooked amazing goodness.
Best part, it’s one of the cheapest places to eat in town. I had an omelet and he had steak and eggs. We barely paid $13 for our bill and that is with a tip.
3. Marion’s Dairy Bar (facebook page) – Like I mentioned in my intro, Marion’s is a longtime favorite of mine. Sadly, they close in the off season so I can only visit my favorite ice cream shop during the spring, summer and right around the time school starts. I love the giant homemade waffle cones and the made in Michigan Mooney’s ice cream. So many memories with my family. Now I get to share those memories with my own family.
On our last trip there the Marion’s mascot had received a makeover and was about to be placed back on the rooftop. The business has been around since 1969 and felt their original mascot should be restored. We just happened to go the weekend they were putting ‘Marion’ back on the rooftop. They allowed photo ops but every time we passed by it would either start raining or their would be a line of people. So, I snapped this one instead.
4. G’s Pizza – (website) G’s pizza is my favorite. They have a few in the state but this one is, in my opinion, the best one in the state. Every time we go to Tawas we have to save one of our meals for pizza. This is a Michigan chain supported by made in Michigan products.
5. Diversions Tea House – (here’s my post about my awesome experience there.) Visit their website.
My favorite part of downtown East Tawas is this little guy. He sits in the window of the shoe shop watching the world pass by. His human in the manager there and he’s really friendly when you pop in.
I hope you enjoyed hearing about East Tawas, Michigan; (one of) my favorite little coastal town.
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Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
A deep fried AND stuffed burger sounds like my perfect meal. OMG, yummmmm!
He loved it. But his stomach hurt so bad after. He actually didn’t finish it.
Normally i would be right there with you.. but if i was i would not be doing so good.. that food looks so amazing!!!
It made my stomach hurt just watching him eat it. LOL
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
These all sound like great places to eat, but I’d pick Diversion Tea House. I just want to pet the pooch!
Looks like some good eats in Tawas. I definitely love tasting the different cities!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
I would seriously eat my way around the world if I could….
It’s lunch time over here, and that food you’re posting is making me so hungry. All I have here today is a bowl of soup lol.
Carmen Perez (listen2mama) says
Deep fried and stuffed?? This burger looks delicious and now I am starving! I’ve never visited this part of the country, someday I’ll have to check it out.
Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly says
You had me at deep fried AND stuffed burger! If I ever get out to Tawas, MI I know where I’m going to eat!
Terri Ramsey Beavers says
Your photos are awesome and everything looks so good. It’s been way too long since I had homemade ice cream.
Liz Mays says
I lived in Michigan for a long time! I wish I would have known about these places. I’ll have to check out G’s Pizza at some point!
Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama says
This pregnant lady wants a trip to that pizza joint! All italian fare sounds good this trimester!
Hahaha I was thinking that too and I’m not Pregnant! Your comment made me laugh!
That burger looks awesome. Heart attack on a plate!
How cool! Great to know if I ever visit. I love ice cream shops like that. My fave one back home closed for winter and it was always The best going when opened again!
aimee fauci says
Ice cream shops are the best!
aimee fauci says
Smoked brisket sounds and looks fabulous. I’ve never been to MIchigan and wonder if I will ever make it there.
Veronica - Casa Vilora Interiors says
I am being good. But I can tell you that these look so good
Jess Scull says
You had me at stuffed burger. That is the most incredible thing I have EVER seen! My mouth is salivating
Sounds like an amazing time, and definitely some good eats. Seems many vacations always end up with some great good places to eat!
Digna D. says
Wow, those ribs look awesome. Reminds me of what is to come once this long, cold winter ends. Thank you for sharing.
I live in IN and am seriously considering a drive up to MI for that burger. It looks like the stuff my dreams are made of!
Okay – now that I’m drooooooling 😉 What a great post! That burger looks amazing!
Elizabeth O. says
Deep fried? Stuffed? Ooohhh that’s a great place to eat all those yummy food! 🙂
Sara P. (@SensiblySara) says
That burger looks AH-MAZING! And of course, I’d have to have ice cream after the burger!
Nina Say says
That brisket looks to die for, and like it could feed my entire family. It would be awesome to try.
Aww look at the little pup in the window. 🙂 AND LOL at the big ice cream cones. I bet that was a fun challenge though anyway. 😉
Had me at deep fried stuffed burger, that sounds like the most beautiful thing ever!
This just sounds so good. I’d love to try out some of these places. I love small town diners and dessert shops!
They all look like local landmarks! My kids would adore taking selfies with the mascot.
That deep fried burger has me so hungry right now i need me some food. I love the look of it and juiceness, thanks for sharing the local must eats.
That food looks absolutely delicious! I really want to try these places out!
I’ve never heard of Tawas, but that brisket looks amazing! Glad to know they’ve got some great food options there.
Kori Tomelden says
I absolutely love stuffed burgers. I think this obsession came after watching Diners, Drives Ins and Dives.
Sarah Bailey says
What a lovely sounding place and wow that food its making my stomach rumble! x
omg what a yummy post!!! That brisket looks pretty delicious:)
Donna L. Ward says
Well now I so want to go to East Tawas, Michigan – what a neat image storytelling event I felt I went on with you and your words were leading me along –
I so want that deep fried hamburger – diet or not
And each piece of your post was endearing
Fried and stuffed burger? I totally need to try one!
I have never been to Tawas. I will make sure I visit your recommendations whenever I sm in town!
Debbie Denny says
Sounds like a great experience to visit there. Lots of fun
It is on my bucket list to visit. I would love to eat that smoked sandwhich
Ann Bacciaglia says
The food looks delicious. I would love to try the Smoked brisket. This looks like a great place to visit.
Amber Nelson says
That food looks so amazing. I would love that burger about now!
Helene Cohen Bludman says
These all look like awesome places to eat. I think my first stop would be for brisket — it sounds mouth-watering.
I love the idea of a deep fried and stuffed burger, that’s something I could really go for!
Mama to 5 BLessings says
The ribs and the ice cream sounds amazing. Lots of good eats!
I love that little guy in the window too. I think I would find my way back there from time to time just to visit him. The smoked brisket looks delicious.
I’d love to try the tea house. My husband would love a deep fried burger!
christina aliperti says
Everything looks good, especially that smoked brisket. My mouth is watering right now! I love food posts.
That brisket looks absolutely decadent. I will have to try some of these dishes if i ever get out that way.
Annie M says
That brisket sounds really good! Heck, that burger does, too!
Stephanie C. says
That burger looks amazing – looks delicious!
Fi Ní Neachtáin says
Delicious looking food for sure. Now I really want to try a stuffed burger!
Tonia @TheChattyMomma says
That deep fired stuffed burger looks so good and so does that ice-cream shop. It’s freezing out and now I want a burger with pickles and ice-cream. Thanks!
This food looks fantastic. I would love to be able to try it. I love finding a great place to eat.
Yona Williams says
I have heard there were beaches in Michigan, but have never had a chance to go explore them….and I lived in the state for about 5-6 years. I wanna try a stuffed hamburger like the one at featured in your post.
Amanda Love says
I’ve never been here but it’s good to know of places to eat if I ever do visit.
Bradley Finnearty says
These little home grown places to eat are fantastic. My favorite pizza is made by a mom and pop place in the town we lived in before moving to Lancaster. I have not had one in two years. I miss that pizza.
Lisa Rios says
Good writing. It is great to know about your East Tawas from you & I love that cute little guy in the shoe shop. That deep fried burger looks absolutely delicious.
Aisha Kristine Chong says
Now those look really yummy to eat, yumyum! Would love to visit the place.
Rachel Ferrucci says
I’ve never been but I would love to visit. I was just telling my husband that we need to find little towns that aren’t touristy. I think I’ll need to wait until the summer though 🙂
Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says
Oh gosh! you got me salivating and hungry! That beef brisket is calling out to me.
Racquel Schroder Bregg says
The food at G’s is great – We’ve never been to the one in Tawas, but we have been at the Kalkaska one on more than one occasion.
The closest one to me is in Bay City. It’s fairly new. I haven’t checked it out yet. Such a great place.