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South Haven Restaurants: 21 reviews and 29 photos
The Tray of Breakfast Food
As explained in my Inn tip for South Haven, the continental breakfast was brought up to our room each morning. The first morning we wanted to get an early start so we had them bring it up at 7:30 a.m. Sue was still sleeping so Rich accepted the food and took the picture in the bathroom so as to not wake Sue up quite yet. The next morning we opted for a much more reasonable time of 8:30 a.m. after a long day before of sightseeing.
The breakfast choices each day were either coffee or tea and then either orange, cranberry or V8 juice. Several different choices of yogurt were available and then there was a piece of toast with butter/jam and 3 pieces of pastry for each of us, along with a good assortment of fresh fruit. All in all a lot of breakfast.
Address: 523 HawksNest Drive
Directions: Take Exit 22 off I-196 just a little north and east of downtown South Haven, Michigan
Phone: 269 639 2121
Thirsty Perch Sign and Front Entrance
Sue picked out a couple of spots to eat Friday evening in South Haven and this is actually the first one we found. From the outside it didn't look that exciting so we ventured a little further into town along the harbor to find another place. Well that other place had been leveled to the ground a few years back and even though it was right by the harbor nothing but green grass has replaced it. Another restaurant in town had a 1 hour wait so nearing the end of a very long day we went back to the Thirsty Perch and sat down for dinner at our usual week day bed time hour of 9:30 p.m. I had to remind myself and Sue that we had gained an hour when we crossed into Michigan earlier in the day so in reality it was still only 8:30 p.m.
Favorite Dish: The watering hole and grille, as it says from the bill I saved, was very dimly lit and as I don't like using a flash when I take food pictures I only got a shot of the sign outside, so you will have to imagine and bar at the back of the place when you walk in with general seating on the left and right hand sides for about 60 people and a larger area farther to the right for overflow or other parties.
Sue opted for the Friday Night Fish Fry which included the local sea food speciality of, you guessed it, Perch. It was lightly fried and came with a side of fries and very good cole slaw.
I chose the blackened chicken with a cherry sauce. It was really quite good for such a down home establishment.
All in all the food was much better then the outside of the building looked and the wait staff was pleasant
Address: 272 Broadway South Haven, MI
Comparison: about average
Directions: If you come off the Interstate Broadway is the last main north/south street before you get into the downtown harbor area.
Phone: 269 639 8000
Looking Into the Restaurant Area
When we arrived at the Inn on Friday night we noticed that most of the tables were taken for dinner so we figured we would make reservations for our 2nd night at the Inn. We finished our day of touring at about 7:00 p.m. in the evening and took a little rest before we headed downstairs for dinner at 8:30 p.m. We were given a seat by the front windows looking out over the 10th tee of the golf course, which is the sunset side. It had been cloudy for most of the day, but we did enjoy a partial sunset from our spot in the restaurant.
We each ordered wine with dinner which is something we only do in very nice restaurants and then even then it is usually only one of us who has a drink. I believe that Sue had a red wine from Argentina, while I opted for a glass of white from Spain. After that we had some fresh bread which came with a dipping mixture of pesto, garlic and olive oil.
Favorite Dish: Sue ordered the Surf and Turf since the last lobster we had in Las Vegas wasn't really all that good. About the only thing we were surprised at is that they did not bring warm melted butter with the lobster and it took us a little while to get the waitpersons attention. After we did she brought the butter straight away. The lobster was average, but the steak was very tender and melted in you mouth.
I had the raspberry chicken with goat cheese which was really good. I love raspberries and I love goat cheese so the combination was superb. The red potatoes and vegetables were very fresh and complimented the chicken very well.
Each meal came with your choice of salad or soup. We both opted for soup. Sue had the fresh vegetable and I ordered the cup of lobster bisque for $2 more.
We finished dessert with a local specialty a blueberry creme brulee. I've had better brulees' but never a blueberry one.
Address: 523 Hawsnest Drive South Haven, MI 49090
Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: See directions in hotel review.
Phone: 269 639 2121
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