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    Post #1 - May 10th, 2007, 1:41 pm
    Post #1 - May 10th, 2007, 1:41 pm Post #1 - May 10th, 2007, 1:41 pm
    I'm here every year, and every year, for the pub dinner, we hit Clementine's. Been tossing suggestions to the group, and it seems we are willing to branch out from the ordinary, and try a new place. Read through some other threads here, and I think the Red Arrow Road House is the front runner for the new experience. Just looking for a dinner /booze style spot with GOOD food. Probably stick around for a few too many rounds after the meal. Not fancy, just a step up from the regular fried foodservice offerings of most of the places. Anyone have a recent recco or opinion on which is better, or, for this style of place, maybe a different one that's better than both?

    In a nutshell - for drinks / dinner only:
    Clementines, R.A. Roadhouse, or Other?
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  • Post #2 - May 10th, 2007, 10:18 pm
    Post #2 - May 10th, 2007, 10:18 pm Post #2 - May 10th, 2007, 10:18 pm
    How about beer and BBQ in an artsy post-industrial spot that might remind you of Pilsen or Brooklyn or Potrero Hill, but more desolate, yet only minutes from the beach and fudge shops?

    Couple of minutes past Clementine's.

    The Livery is a nice, newish, well-regarded brewpub.

    http://www.liverybrew.com/cafe.html

    Doesn't have much of a menu, but BYO food is ok, and the BBQ places I noted here previously (Lark's, Piggin n' Grinnin) are near. The latter is basiacally next door. Get the Pulled pork, and the beans.
  • Post #3 - May 11th, 2007, 5:09 am
    Post #3 - May 11th, 2007, 5:09 am Post #3 - May 11th, 2007, 5:09 am
    Quite interesting, thanks. Lark's was actually one of the suggestions I threw out to the group.
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  • Post #4 - May 11th, 2007, 6:41 am
    Post #4 - May 11th, 2007, 6:41 am Post #4 - May 11th, 2007, 6:41 am
    seebee wrote:Quite interesting, thanks. Lark's was actually one of the suggestions I threw out to the group.


    After eating at Lark's a couple of years ago I burped lighter fluid for two days.

    Piggin' N' Grininn' is a good idea. Great owners and great food.

    There is an excellent Mexican taqueria on Pipestone between Napier and M-139. La Perla is the name. Basic menu but great Mexican food, probably the best in the area. Inexpensive too.
    Bruce
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    bruce@bdbbq.com

    Raw meat should NOT have an ingredients list!!
  • Post #5 - May 11th, 2007, 6:44 am
    Post #5 - May 11th, 2007, 6:44 am Post #5 - May 11th, 2007, 6:44 am
    I don't think there is much better/different in the area than the Roadhouse.Mojitos just opened in Bridgman haven't heard much one way or the other.A new place is opening next week in Union Pier just down from the Roadhouse called Franky's place.I think steaks seafood sandwiches.I get a kick out of Bill's Tap in Baroda but haven't been there in years.Some like Schu's a lot in St.Joe.I don't know nothing fantastic thats for sure.I like the bar at 5 OClocks because they have the buzztime trivia.Woodfire grill in Dowagiac has some fans but it is not a pub.Enjoy the beach.
  • Post #6 - May 11th, 2007, 9:02 am
    Post #6 - May 11th, 2007, 9:02 am Post #6 - May 11th, 2007, 9:02 am
    Bruce,

    I've had limited but very recent expereince with Lark's. All I burped was wood, and I also spent some time talking with and observing the pitmaster. Now, it's not up there with BA's or Honey1, but it was solid, and probably on par with an I-57 or one of the better Leon's. It does seem like a bit of a shoestring operation, so I could see them pulling out a bag of Kingsford, too.

    I'm in the other La Perla regularly (maybe 5 mi east on Napier in the orchards/vineyards). Very good carnitas. I actually prefer many of the things further east, at El Supermercado 2. The dona there makes most masa stuff by hand to order, ditto for guacamole, makes requeson, and they have a steak in chile de arbol that is special.
  • Post #7 - May 11th, 2007, 9:28 am
    Post #7 - May 11th, 2007, 9:28 am Post #7 - May 11th, 2007, 9:28 am
    JeffB wrote:Bruce,

    I've had limited but very recent expereince with Lark's. All I burped was wood, and I also spent some time talking with and observing the pitmaster. Now, it's not up there with BA's or Honey1, but it was solid, and probably on par with an I-57 or one of the better Leon's. It does seem like a bit of a shoestring operation, so I could see them pulling out a bag of Kingsford, too.


    I've gone by there early in the morning several times when they are firing up the pits and seen them pouring bags of charcoal in and then squirting at least one bottle of lighter fluid on. Although I haven't been there that early in quite a while. I ate there the one time, and have no desire to go back. They used to cater our company picnic. They aren't well liked. Piggin n Grinnin does a better job. I will give Lark's a shot sometime in the next couple of weeks.

    I'm in the other La Perla regularly (maybe 5 mi east on Napier in the orchards/vineyards). Very good carnitas. I actually prefer many of the things further east, at El Supermercado 2. The dona there makes most masa stuff by hand to order, ditto for guacamole, makes requeson, and they have a steak in chile de arbol that is special.


    There are at least 3 La Perlas. Pipestone/M-130 in Benton Harbor, Napier/M-140 east of BH and south of Watervliet, they have a 3rd place in downtown Eau Claire. The Eau Claire location serves the best food of the three. You can get some of the more "exotic" fare at the latter two stores. I'm in the Benton Harbor location for lunch at least 2x week. 2 tacos or 1 burrito and a pop for less than $5 can't be beat. I've gad the steak in chile de arbol a couple of times and its great. The torta's are good too, but I like the meat doubled.
    Bruce
    Plenipotentiary
    bruce@bdbbq.com

    Raw meat should NOT have an ingredients list!!
  • Post #8 - May 11th, 2007, 10:19 am
    Post #8 - May 11th, 2007, 10:19 am Post #8 - May 11th, 2007, 10:19 am
    If you want to pound cocktails, eat and then pound more cocktails afterwards I'd go to the Grand Mere Inn in Stevensville. The bar area has ample seating and is separate from the restaurant. Plus the bar gets pretty loud so no one will give you the hairy eyeball if you start getting rowdy. The Red Arrow Roadhouse isn't really the place to do any serious drinking, it leans much more toward being a restaurant than a bar. The food at Grand Mere isn't mind boggling, but it's pretty solid supper club stuff - stick with the steaks and you'll be happy. Plus you get free chopped liver with your bread basket, where else do you find that nowadays?:

    Grand Mere Inn
    5800 Red Arrow Hwy (just south of John Beers Road)
    Stevensville, MI
    (269) 429-3591 (strongly suggest making a reservation)
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  • Post #9 - May 21st, 2007, 10:27 am
    Post #9 - May 21st, 2007, 10:27 am Post #9 - May 21st, 2007, 10:27 am
    Got a local rec for the grand mere inn when we were there over this wknd.
    Decent. Very decent. Step up from Clementines, and we did wind up being a tad rowdy in the dining area, but we were definitely not out of place. Thanks for the recs.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #10 - October 22nd, 2007, 2:06 pm
    Post #10 - October 22nd, 2007, 2:06 pm Post #10 - October 22nd, 2007, 2:06 pm
    we too got a local recommendation for Grand Mere and went over the weekend... (why do the places on the winery circuit seem to not have anywhere good to eat nearby?, or they close at 5pm Central time???)... it was pretty decent. we didn't know the address so i was googling while on the way (which turned out to be a challenge, since..well, we heard "mirror" not "mere").. but the reviews i read seemed to indicate seafood was the way to go. so we had walleye and perch...

    perch was better than the walleye.. both pretty decent though. they had butternut squash on special that was simply excellent. and their wine selection was pretty decent. had a local Pinot Noir from Domaine Berrien, which is one of my fav wineries in the area...

    made out w/ a nice meal, bottle of wine, tax/tip for $90 for 2. we seemed to pick just the right time to get there... the dining area facing the lake was full, so we were seated in the bar area (we didn't initially notice the view we were missing by going to the bar). the bar was empty--around 6eastern...then in a matter of minutes the place was packed, people standing and waiting everywhere.

    This is the view from just on the place... (you can even see the chicago skyline faintly in the distance).
  • Post #11 - November 10th, 2010, 4:54 pm
    Post #11 - November 10th, 2010, 4:54 pm Post #11 - November 10th, 2010, 4:54 pm
    My grandmother lives in a senior community in Stevensville/Bridgman, and we will drive there from Chicago to be with her for Thanksgiving. It would be nice to take her to a restaurant (as opposed to eating in the dining room of her facility), and so I called both Grand Mere Inn and Tosi's, but neither will be open then.

    Anyone have any ideas for a place that would be open thanksgiving and that would be grandmother-friendly (she is spry, and in her late 80s)? We would be willing to go from New Buffalo to South Haven if needed (even to Hesson's in LaPorte).

    Thanks.
  • Post #12 - November 11th, 2010, 8:40 pm
    Post #12 - November 11th, 2010, 8:40 pm Post #12 - November 11th, 2010, 8:40 pm
    Hi- I grew up about 20 miles from Stevensville. I was going to recommend Schuler's, but I just found out that they have closed apparently. There is Clementine's in St. Joe that is not bad. There is also Schu's in downtown St. Joe that I have seen, but have not been too. I don't know if it is as good as Schuler's was or not. It's too bad that Tosi's is not open. I have not been there in a while, but I really enjoyed it the few times I went. They have very good Italian. There is also Tabor Hills which I have not been to, but is supposed to be good. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #13 - November 18th, 2010, 3:28 pm
    Post #13 - November 18th, 2010, 3:28 pm Post #13 - November 18th, 2010, 3:28 pm
    Maybe grandma would like the Thanksgiving buffet at the Four Winds casino in New Buffalo.Skip's I am pretty sure is open also.
  • Post #14 - November 18th, 2010, 4:30 pm
    Post #14 - November 18th, 2010, 4:30 pm Post #14 - November 18th, 2010, 4:30 pm
    Hi,

    Schuler's Restaurant's website gives no indication of closing, especially since they are recommending reservations for Thanksgiving.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #15 - November 18th, 2010, 9:43 pm
    Post #15 - November 18th, 2010, 9:43 pm Post #15 - November 18th, 2010, 9:43 pm
    Schuler's in Stevensville has been closed for a while.The location is now a sports bar called 5 O'Clocks.I am sure Schuler's in Marshall is still open.
  • Post #16 - November 18th, 2010, 10:32 pm
    Post #16 - November 18th, 2010, 10:32 pm Post #16 - November 18th, 2010, 10:32 pm
    trudie wrote:Schuler's in Stevensville has been closed for a while.The location is now a sports bar called 5 O'Clocks.I am sure Schuler's in Marshall is still open.

    I didn't know there were two locations. Thanks for the clarification.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #17 - November 24th, 2010, 6:25 am
    Post #17 - November 24th, 2010, 6:25 am Post #17 - November 24th, 2010, 6:25 am
    trudie wrote:Maybe grandma would like the Thanksgiving buffet at the Four Winds casino in New Buffalo.Skip's I am pretty sure is open also.


    My wife and I took her mother to the Four Winds 2 years ago. She was 97 then and is currently 99. We had a good time and good food. We did not eat at the buffet since neither of them eat very much. I have grazed through the buffet several times over the years and have found parts of it to be pretty good. You might give a call or check the website to check it out first. Copper Rock may have something also. Copper Rock is excellent but I don't think they open until 5:00 pm and probably only have their regular menu unless they have a special for the night.

    The Boulevard Inn Bistro in downtown St. Joseph is also excellent. I dined there last week and remember seeing signs saying they were having a T-Day buffet.
    Bruce
    Plenipotentiary
    bruce@bdbbq.com

    Raw meat should NOT have an ingredients list!!
  • Post #18 - June 10th, 2014, 8:10 pm
    Post #18 - June 10th, 2014, 8:10 pm Post #18 - June 10th, 2014, 8:10 pm
    Just checking in. Anything new and exciting for a bunch of guys without spouses, looking to eat, and get a tiny but rowdy after a few rounds?
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #19 - June 11th, 2014, 5:56 am
    Post #19 - June 11th, 2014, 5:56 am Post #19 - June 11th, 2014, 5:56 am
    seebee wrote:Just checking in. Anything new and exciting for a bunch of guys without spouses, looking to eat, and get a tiny but rowdy after a few rounds?


    Just be sure you get your rowdiness in before they roll up the sidewalks at 9:00. :wink:
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #20 - June 11th, 2014, 8:57 am
    Post #20 - June 11th, 2014, 8:57 am Post #20 - June 11th, 2014, 8:57 am
    Sorry, I have no suggestions unless your idea of getting rowdy is eating lots of great pastries. I enjoy stopping at Bit of Swiss Bakery in Stevensville. They make artisan breads and pastries. For mother's day, i picked up a delicious white cake, layered with lemon curd, and topped with white chocolate shavings and roses.

    www.bitofswiss.com
  • Post #21 - June 11th, 2014, 9:42 am
    Post #21 - June 11th, 2014, 9:42 am Post #21 - June 11th, 2014, 9:42 am
    There's only one place that you should go based on the parameters -- Greenbush. Excellent brewery, excellent kitchen. Nearly everything is smoked and/or cured in house and as local as possible, all without any pretentious localvore hipsterism (not that there's anything wrong with that). It's in Sawyer just east of the exit. About 10 miles/10 mins from Stevensville. Otherwise check out the Buck in St. Joe's.
  • Post #22 - June 11th, 2014, 7:20 pm
    Post #22 - June 11th, 2014, 7:20 pm Post #22 - June 11th, 2014, 7:20 pm
    Greenbush looks right as hell. Thanks!

    http://www.greenbushbrewing.com/
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  • Post #23 - June 12th, 2014, 8:46 am
    Post #23 - June 12th, 2014, 8:46 am Post #23 - June 12th, 2014, 8:46 am
    There is a very active Facebook group called Southwest Michigan Restaurant Reviewers that you may inquire into. Their have been a TON of new restaurant openinings in and around St. Joseph in the past year and they have the skinny on it.
  • Post #24 - July 21st, 2014, 9:18 pm
    Post #24 - July 21st, 2014, 9:18 pm Post #24 - July 21st, 2014, 9:18 pm
    We called an audible based on the amount of beer left in the cooler, and the local's rec that we should probably stay close to our hotel for dinner. "Coach's!" As soon as we got out of the car, I spotted a real deal smoker in back. SCORE! Standard bar/grill type place with all of the menu standards you'd expect:
    Fried apps
    wings
    Grilled sandwiches
    burgers
    AND REAL BBQ. Ribs, pulled poke, and brisket.
    They had a sampler platter, which, for some reason, had not one rib bone on it, but I got to try the pulled poke, brisket, and wings. All decent enough, but the brisket that night was AWN! Tender, juicy, smokey, and a perfect amount of fat for this fat lover to be happy, but not so much that that fat haters couldn't work around it. If I could do it over that night, I'd have tried to get a plate full of that brisket and a veggie side. I wouldn't hesitate to return to this place. Nothing mind blowing, but VERY solid brisket that night.

    Also tried:
    Onion rings: Battered, solid
    Jerk Wings: Sauce tasted more like a decent salsa de chile arbol with some dried thyme than anything else
    Sweet Habanero wings: No. Globby, sweet, like low level Chinese resto sweet/sour sauce with a habanero kick
    Fried pickles: solid
    Two other tablemates had the same bq sampler, one went rogue with the reuben which he declared pretty decent.

    http://www.coachsbarngrill.com/
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  • Post #25 - July 24th, 2019, 8:22 am
    Post #25 - July 24th, 2019, 8:22 am Post #25 - July 24th, 2019, 8:22 am
    There were many other baked goods on display that I did not photograph (danishes, tarts, scones, croissants, breads, macarons, muffins, cakes, cookies, etc.). This bakery is not really setup for dine in. There are two small tables, but they didn't have any plates and only offered plastic spoons for utensils. We have been to this bakery a couple of times. I highly recommend it.

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  • Post #26 - July 26th, 2019, 7:52 am
    Post #26 - July 26th, 2019, 7:52 am Post #26 - July 26th, 2019, 7:52 am
    Bert's Breakfast Corner is a quality old school diner in Stevensville.
    2814 Kimmel St, Stevensville, MI 49127

    Hungry Mountain - Biscuit, Hash Browns, 2 Eggs, Sausage Gravy
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  • Post #27 - September 26th, 2020, 1:01 pm
    Post #27 - September 26th, 2020, 1:01 pm Post #27 - September 26th, 2020, 1:01 pm
    Any new hotspots or anything new noteworthy?
    Dinner in mid Oct on a Tuesday night.
    We Greenbushed last year, and loved it.
    Probably more interested in bbq and a few drinks more than anything else (handful of married, suburban guys, pretending to be Michigan fisherman for a day, with no spouses.) Yeah, we'll prolly be partying it up until 9pm!
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