Think I’m missing something hot, cool, or tasty?  Well, send me tips at evan@trashytravel.com

A really good guide to Michigans upper peninsula here.

The pasty is a regional meat and vegetable hand pie. Here is a guide to them.

Halo is an offshoot of the former Kewpee burger chain.   There are now over a dozen locations in the state and are delicious.  Home of the Olive Burger, in other words, a burger with olives.  Mostly around the Flint area


The Weekly Alternative for Detroit is the Metrotimes

If you are going to Detroit in the first week of September, check out the “Dally in the Alley“, a big street fair.  Pre-event there are also benefit shows as well, Saturday after labor day.

Regional Food thing-A chili dog here is called a “Coney”. Two places near each other are Layfayette Coney Island at 118 W Lafayette Blvd and American Coney Island at 115 Michigan Ave but there are dozens of similar places that are just as good.

Or you could get sliders.  Lots around at Telway Diner, 6820 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI  313-843-2146 , Open Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on every day but Christmas. Hamburgers $1.55 each. Or at Greene’s, at 10 mile and orchard lake road, or with a giant donkey out front in Westland is Bray’s, on Ford Rd. just west of Wayne Rd

The Ferndale neighborhood is a fairly recent hipster enclave filled with vintage clothing stores and streetware


Detroit Institute of the Arts-5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

Motown Museum-2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, Michigan 48208

Seafoam Palace of Arts and Amusements -Address: 6460 Kercheval Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

Outside the City in Dearborn is the Henry Ford and Greenfield Village, a hybrid indoor/outdoor museum on the beginning of the industrial revolution

The Bronx Bar 4476 Second Ave., Detroit 313-832-8464-voted “best jukebox”.  Burgers are supposed to be good too.

Nemos-1384 Michigan Ave., Detroit MI 48226 -313-965-3180-lunch til 2:30 with burgers (including veggie burger) and “famous chili”.  Only burgers after 2:30.  Order drinks in one place, food in another, pay at the bar when done. Old Miami -3930 Cass, Detroit, Michigan; Tel. 313.831.3830
must see neighborhood dive bar established in 1975 as a place for Vietnam Veterans. Military memorabilia, fireplace, couches, and a backyard with a stage for mostly punk bands.
ST. ANDREW’S HALL-431 E. Congress-Detroit-313-961-8137 and the Shelter club located below.
Smalls Bar and Grill -10339 Conant at: Cannif and Conant, Hamtramck-tel: (313)873-1117-Take the Holbrook/Cannif Exit East to Conant. Older more rock like crowd.

Food-Cafe 1923-2287 Holbrook St Hamtramck MI 48212, cafe, art gallery, some live music.  Rarely have I found a joint that has inspired love in so many.  Google it and you will find many online tributes.
The Flytrap-22950 Woodward Ave. Ferndale, MI 48220, great for breakfast and gourmet diner food, featured on Diners, drive ins and dives.
Russell Street Deli-2465 Russell St.  Detroit, MI   (313) 567-2900-Great Breakfast/Diner place in a wholesale market area
Bangkok Cafe 323 W. 9 Mile Road  Ferndale MI (248)548-5373 -Great and cheap thai.

Motz’s Burgers -7208 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209 (313) 843-9186 There are sliders and then there are SLIDERS. This place occupies the building of a former chain but has delicious sliders with sweet grilled onions. The building has been serving burgers since 1929

Telway Hamburgers – 6820 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210(313) 843-2146 Open 24 hours-More sliders, great coffee, coney dogs, super cheap.

Hunter House Hamburgers -35075 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009 (248) 646-7121 Landmark sliders in a Detroit Suburb.

Red Hots Coney Island– 12 Victor St, Highland Park, MI 48203: (313) 868-0766-Since 1921, currently closed Sunday and Monday and serving Lunch only

Mike’s Famous Ham Place- 3700 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216-Since 1974, Diner with thick ham dishes. Breakfast and lunch only.

Jacoby’s-624 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48226-Old-world beer garden, since 1904. (313) 962-7067

Andrews on the Corner-201 Joseph Campau Ave, Detroit, MI 48207-Bar with a good reuben sandwich and with roundtrip shuttle service to sporting events, concerts & more.  Since 1918

Ivanhoe Cafe– 5249 Joseph Campau Ave, Detroit, MI 48211(313) 925-5335-Since 1909

Band venues-
Outer Limits Lounge -5507 Caniff St, Hamtramck, MI 48212  (313) 204-8044 Great booking at this joint.  Fleshtones, Gino and the Goons have all played here.
Sanctuary-2932 Caniff Street, Hamtramck-Formerly Paychecks Lounge which was the oldest venue in town. The Majestic Theatre -4140 Woodward Avenue -Detroit-313.833.9700  Newer on the scene and part of the same complex with awesome shows is the  magic stick.
ST. ANDREW’S HALL-431 E. Congress-Detroit-313-961-8137 The Magick Stick
The Magic Bag-22920 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, MI 48220 -Home of the “view and brew” a movie for two bucks. PJs Lager House– 1254 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI 48226 -313-961-4668-Burgers, bands, Cajun food. Painted Lady Lounge-2930 Jacob St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Trixie’s-2656 Carpenter Ave, Hamtramck, MI 48212 (313) 316-5376-Bar with Occasional live music.

UFO Factory– 2110 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Trumbullplex – housing collective and showspace in the Woodbridge neighborhood of Detroit,  4210 Trumbull Ave, Detroit, MI 48208

Detroit area Record Stores-

Third Man Records Cass Corridor– 441 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201
Flat Black Circular, 541 E. Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823
Melodies & Memories- 23013 Gratiot Ave, Eastpointe, MI, 586-774-8480
Peoples Records-1464 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48207
Paramita Sound·1417 Van Dyke St, Detroit, Michigan 48214
Detroit Threads-10022 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI, 313-872-1777-Record store/clothing place Shorecrest Motor Inn.  1316 E. Jefferson Aven 800-992-9616-In the greektown area.  Sleazy but central and safe.  Now called Rivertown Inn & Suites

You can find some good local listings on the website for the major paper in town-The Detroit Free Press.

Some pretty complete city listings here from Metro Times Website.

Farmington Hills, MI
Attraction-Outside of Detroit, Marvins Marvelous Mechanical Museum has a huge collection of Antique arcade games of both the fun and freaky variety.  31005 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334   248-626-5020

Allegan, MI

Vintage theater
The Regent Theatre, 211 Trowbridge Street, Downtown Allegan, MI
269.673.2737-shows movies
Grill House and Rock Bottom located 2 miles south of Allegan, Michigan at 1071 Highway M-40.  You grill your own steak

Nancy Whiskey Pub-2644 Harrison St, Detroit, MI 48216 (313) 962-4247-Dive bar since 1902

Ann Arbor, MI

Old Town Tavern-122 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734) 662-9291-Since 1898, bar with great bar food.
Live Music-
Blind Pig -208 S. First Street, Ann Arbor MI 734.996.8555

Record stores-
Wazoo Records-336 1/2 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2868
(734) 761-8686
Encore Records-417 East Liberty, Ann Arbor, Mi


Izzy’s Hoagie Shop-1924 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (734) 994-1235-Cheesesteaks and Hoagies.  And they have hoagie spread.

Dimos Deli and Donuts-2030 W. Stadium Blvd. Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103-Surly service but sandwiches and donuts

Maize & Blue Deli-1329 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734) 996-0009-Nice deli sandwiches and very good at grilling.

New York Pizza Depot-605 East Williams , Ann Arbor (& other location) (734) 669-NYPD(6973)

Krazy Jims Blimpy Burger-551 South Division Street, Ann Arbor, MI 734-663-4590-delicious smash burgers with tons of toppings! Even worcestershire sauce. 4 choices of buns!

Fleetwood Diner -Home of “hippie hash” 24/7. -300 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (734) 995-5502

Bay City, MI

Museum (in danger of closing)

The Antique Toy and Firehouse museum-http://www.toyandfiretruckmuseum.org .3456 Patterson Road Bay City Michigan 48706 -888-888-1270


D’Angelo’s-1305 Columbus Ave, Bay City, MI 48708-(989) 894-7117-Burgers and giant pretzels and some wacky pizzas like one with crispy wontons on top.  Lots of vegan options.


State Theatre– 913 Washington Ave, Bay City, MI 48708-Built in 1908 the State Theatre was originally known as the Bijou, and was one of the many vaudeville and burlesque houses in Bay City.  Multiple events including big name concerts.(989) 892-2660

Beauluh, MI

The Cherry Hut-Summer-only diner since 1922 for lite fare and all things cherry and a shop. 211 N Michigan Ave, Beulah, MI 49617 (231) 882-4431

Birch Run, MI (Near Saginaw)

Eats-Tonys I-75-8781 Main St, Birch Run, MI 48415: (989) 624-5860, diner famous for their steak sandwiches and ginormous BLTs with over a pound of bacon. Finish with a huuuge Banana split.

Birmingham, MI


Hunter House Hamburgers-35075 Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009 (248) 646-7121-Since 1952.  Great Rings

Brimley, MI


Superior Pizza & Subs- 9449 W 6 Mile Rd, Brimley, MI 49715  (906) 248-7827-Very good pizza, basically the only pizza around but its great and they have wings and toasties (like hot pockets)

Burton, MI (Greater Flint)


Starlite Coney Island-1500 Center Rd, Burton, MI 48509 (810) 742-4955-Since 1966, burgers and coney dogs of note.

Caledonia, MI

Eats-Cooks Hot Dog Drive In- 6874 Hammond Ave SE, Caledonia, MI 49316 (616) 656-0993-serving for 70 years though doesnt look like it on the outside.  Looks like its in a mini storage building.

Calumet Township, MI


Michigan House Cafe and Brew Pub-300 6th St, Calumet Twp, MI 49913 (906) 337-1910

Coldwater, MI

Drive In Theater-
Capri Drive-in, 119 W. Chicago Road, Coldwater, MI 48888


Short’s Root Beer Stand – 378 W Chicago St, Coldwater, MI 49036 (517) 279-9048-supercool looking drive in with dining room and awesome looking mascot for photo ops.

Cross Village, MI (Greater Detroit)


Legs Inn-6425 N Lake Shore Dr, Cross Village, MI 49723-Old fashioned Eastern European restaurant with Polish Food.  Very iconic restaurant.  Seasonal and closed Tuesdays

Dearborn, MI (Detroit Suburb)

Eats-Miller’s Bar-1941 watering hole for classic burgers, onion rings & beers with honor system payment.23700 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124- (313) 565-2577

V Gonella’s Original Deli-22069 W Outer Dr, Dearborn, MI 48124 (313) 563-8500-Decades old italian market and hoagie shop

Decatur, MI

Laura’s Little Burger Joint-47141 M-51, Decatur, MI 49045 (269) 423-9300-Cute little house burger shop closed Sunday and Monday

Escanaba, MI

D&M Subs-1606 Ludington St, Escanaba, MI 49829-decent looking subs, some with fresh baked bread like an herb and cheese bread they make in the summer.

Fenton, MI


Fenton Deli-15258 Silver Pkwy, Fenton, MI 48430 (810) 433-0712  Deli with homemade bread and at last count over 45 sauces to pick from.

Flint, MI

Here is a website of all the Flint style coney dogs in the region.  Keep in mind two of the oldest just closed.  A Flint style coney meat sauce is dry and usually made with beef heart.

Eats-Halo Burger-3805 E Court St, Flint, MI 48506 (810) 744- 1260 www.haloburger.com  Burger Joint famous for Unusual Toppings like black or green olives, banana peppers and more


Luigi’s Restaurant-2132 Davison Rd, Flint, MI 48506 (810) 234-9545-Since 1955, Very thin crust roman style pizza and hearty dishes


Torch Bar and Grill-522 Buckham Alley, Flint, MI 48502 (810) 232-0626-Bar with a great burger and coney and onion rings.  Closed Monday and Tuesday

Live Music

The Loft -515 Buckham Alley Flint, MI 48506 810.767.0933-Dance club and venue-Its future was uncertain pre pandemic.

Pop Rox– 130 E 2nd St, Flint, MI 48502-Dance club in a vintage department store building.

The Machine Shop Concert Lounge-3539 Dort Hwy, Flint, MI 48507 (810) 715-2650-Mostly metal and “outlaw country”

Frankenmuth, MI (Not Far from Saginaw)

Lots of great stuff in this area, lots of Bavarian Style architecture

Two restaurants compete on their “broasted chicken dinners”

Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn-1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth, MI 48734-(989) 652-7200

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, Zehnder’s Splash Village indoor Water Park and Hotel Featuring a 25000 square foot indoor waterpark-950 Flint Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734-1802 (989) 652-0307


Worlds Largest Xmas store, Bronners, between Flint and Saginaw, just off I-75. Take northbound exit 136 or southbound exit 144, open year round

Grand Rapids, MI

Mr. Burger is a mini chain of sit down restaurants, all very different decor wise. They have a regional specialty, the olive burger.which is just green olives on a burger

There is also boardwalk subs, a local chain of Jersey style subs


Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park-158-acre botanical garden, art museum, and outdoor sculpture park -1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (616) 957-1580

Live Music-

The Pyramid Scheme-Bar with lots of pinball in front and a good sized showroom with lots of touring bands-68 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill -760 Butterworth St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-(616) 272-3910-Lots of rockabilly booking here among other types of gigs.
The Intersection-133 Cesar E. Chavez Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-Big Sided Club

Skelletones-133 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Founders Brewing Co : 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 open til–2AM

East Grand Rapids Events

Record Store-
Vertigo Music 1-129 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Choo Choo Grill1209 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505-Cool old train depot restaurant. Closed Weekends and only open til 3.

Cottage Bar- 80-year old bar with good burgers. -18 La Grave Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 454-9088 The Grand Coney, 809 Michigan St. NE  Grand Rapids,MI 49503  – a diner (featuring hot dogs) with an awesome retro setting, 24 hours – except one night a week they close for cleaning – cheap food, big portions, great service, Hours:
suo Mon-Wed; 5:30 to 11pm , Thurs-Sun; Open 24 hours
The 76 Coffeehouse, 1507 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI – Independently owned, beans roasted in their lower level, best coffee in town. 24 hours, very attractive staff, featuring “french sodas” a refreshing combination of flavored syrup and club soda or seltzer water mixed in a cup of ice with  half-and-half or milk. located adjacent to
Yesterdog, 1505 weathly SE (eastown)- world famous hotdog spot  open six days a week, cozy atmosphere.  Their Ultradog has chili, chopped pickles, shredded cheese and mustard

Hall of Fame Burgers-655 Eastern Ave SE Ste A Grand Rapids, MI 49503-Good burgers and onion rings.

Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger -551 South Division Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Donkey Taqueria-665 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-Normally Trashy Travel sticks to regional food, but this joint has a sandwich, the TORTA DE JAMON has
roasted ham, pork confit, queso chihuahua, refried pinto beans, guacamole, pickled serrano-onion relish, chipotle-caper mayo, and chopped romaine lettuce for cheap.  (featured on Cheap Eats).

Stellas Lounge-53 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 bar with arcade and well known burgers.

Jonny B’z Dogs and More – 701 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503(616) 551-1108. So many Dog and burger joints in this town.  This place has good looking burgers and amazing looking chili dogs

Licari’s Sicilian Pizza Kitchen-No.1-2869 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (616) 608-6912-Winner of best pizza in Michigan with unique high end pizzas like the “Sfinciuni”, studded with real chunks of Parmigiano-Reggiano and topped with a thick sauce and the “Schiacciatas” ,a stuffed, sandwich style pizza.   Only open for a handful of years but made a quick impact.

Grandville, MI

Record Shop-Corner Record shop-3562 Chicago Dr SW, Grandville, MI 49418 (616) 531-6578 Vinyl shop

Hamtramck, MI (Detroit Suburb)

Home of the Annual Hamtramck music festival in early March


Polonia-2934 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212-Polish restaurant circa 1940s famous for Dill Pickle soup and “City Chicken”-pork and veal on a stick.

Polish Village Cafe-Restaurant under an old hotel.They also have Dill Pickle Soup: 2990 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

Motor City Sports Bar-9122 Joseph Campau St, Hamtramck, MI 48212 (313) 875-4710 Great classic Burger and cevapi, grilled serbian sausages

Harrison Township, MI


Eddie’s Drive In– 36111 Jefferson Ave, Harrison Twp, MI 48045 (586) 469-2345

Hazel Park, MI (Greater Detroit)


Loui’s Pizza– 23141 Dequindre Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030 (248) 547-1711-Detroit style square pizza with chianti bottles hanging.  They have a sampler pizza with all the flavors.

Holland, MI

Tourist Attraction-

Nelis’ Dutch Village-Corner of US-31 at James-12350 James Street Holland, MI 49424, USA (616) 396-1475, Carousel, petting zoo, buy your wooden shoes, make cheese http://www.dutchvillage.com/

Holly, MI

Historic Holly Hotel-Restaurant in a converted Victorian-style inn also features comedy shows & afternoon tea. 110 Battle Aly, Holly, MI 48442 (248) 634-5208 (Under Restoration 2023)

Houghton, MI


Ambassador Restaurant , 126 Shelden Ave, Houghton, MI 49931 (906) 482-5054 Wayyyy in the upper peninsula of MI, this bar has a hundred year old fresco and all the original furnishings…

Suomi Home Bakery & Restaurant– Finnish-style pancakes, breakfasts & pastries for more than 40 years. 54 Huron St, Houghton, MI 49931 (906) 482-3220

Roy’s Pasties & Bakery-305 W Lakeshore Dr, Houghton, MI 49931

Iron River, MI


Riverside Pizzeria-98 E Genesee St, Iron River, MI 49935 (906) 265-9944-I am not sure about this one but use your own judgement.  They have a unique style of pizza that may not be for me, but they have been in business for 75 plus years so there are here for their history.  Now they opened a 2nd location in Green Bay as well.  Coney dogs too.

Ishpeming, MI (Upper Penninsula)


Ralph’s Italian Delicatessen- 601 Palms Ave, Ishpeming, MI 49849 (906) 485-4557 Specializes in Cudighi, a sweet italian sausage that is a regional specialty.  Also a good italian sub. Closed Sunday and Monday

Jackson, MI


Music Box-300 W North St, Jackson, MI 49202


Schlenkers Sandwich Shop-1104 E Ganson St ,Jackson, MI 49201 (517) 783-1667-tiny place with a u shaped counter. Great burgers-some jerk on yelp wrote they were greasy. Um, its a burger.

Hinkley Bakery-700 S Blackstone St, Jackson, MI 49203 (517) 782-1122-Donut shop since 1913!!!!

Kalamazoo, MI

DIY shows here.


Louie’s Trophy House Grill –  Louie’s Trophy House grill is the oldest bar in Kalamazoo. 440 East North Street  Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 385-9359

Old Dog Tavern-402 East Kalamazoo Avenue  Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 381-5677-fairly new bar with a menu of classics like pickled eggs and pretzels with Cheese and mustard.

Papa Pete’s-502 South Burdick Street  Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 388-2196 pizza joint with live music and pizza and greek food.

Record Stores Greenlight Music-4717 West KL Ave., Kalamazoo, MI, 49006  269.372.8560

 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe -joint offering local craft beer, eclectic pub grub & live music some nights. 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 (269) 382-2332
The Root Beer Stand-4400 S. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49001 (269) 345-4418 and one other location.  Old drive in with super cheap chili dogs and something called “hot fluffed ham”
Wally’s Subs– 6477 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49009-(269) 375-0994-Simple sub shop
Lansing, MI
Live Music-
Avenue Cafe -2021 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912 (517) 492-7403

Grewal Hall at 224-224 S Washington Square, Lansing, MI, United States, Michigan

Macs Bar-2700 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912  (517) 484-6795-Famous long running venue. Tuesday is electronic music night.

Toni’s Country Kitchen-79 3rd St, Laurium, MI 49913 (906) 337-0611-Diner and bakery with pasties and more.

Leland, MI


Village Cheese Shanty- 199 W River St, Leland, MI 49654 (231) 256-9141-Awesome longtime store with dozens of sandwiches and to go lunches.  A plus.  Pretzel bread!

Lexington, MI


Water Tower Sports Pub-7245 Lakeshore Rd, Lexington, MI 48450 (810) 359-3310-Great looking Detroit style square pizza in a sports bar.  Closed Monday-Wednesday!

Livonia, MI


Daly Drive-In -burgers,  coney dogs & other diner stuffs since 1959. : 31500 Plymouth Rd, Livonia, MI 48150- most days til 8 pm : (734) 427-4474

Ludington, MI


Old Hamlin Restaurant– 122 W Ludington Ave, Ludington, MI 49431 (231) 843-4251-Since 1942, home cooking diner type food.

House of Flavors Restaurant-402 W Ludington Ave, Ludington, MI 49431 (231) 845-5785-50s styled diner with lots of vinyl records embedded on the ceiling and in the tables with your diner standards like roast turkey and meatloaf and ice cream.  Actually 75 year old business.
Kuntry Kubbard-5474 US-10, Ludington, MI 49431 (231) 845-5217-closed Tuesday-8 am to 8 pm restaurant with southern type breakfast and dinner items.
Chuck Wagon Pizza-971 N Lakeshore Dr, Ludington, MI 49431 (231) 843-2852-Since 1984 with pizzas that have tons of toppings on top.
Marquette, MI(Upper Peninsula)
Lawry’s Pasty Shop-2164 US-41, Marquette, MI 49855  906-226-5040-home of one of the best versions of the regional favorite the cudighi sandwich,  pork sausage with a blend of spices and herbs on a giant Italian roll with their pizza sauce slathered in cheese.  Also of course, pastys, the sweet filled or meat filled pies popular historically with miners or factory workers.

Thill’s Fish House-250 E Main St, Marquette, MI 49855 -906-226-9851-not  a restaurant but a smoked fish purveyer.

Crossroads Restaurant and Lounge- 900 Co Rd 480, Marquette, MI 49855 (906) 249-8912-Old School bar with burgers and pizza.

Togo’s Marquette’s Original Submarine Sandwich-1000 N 3rd St, Marquette, MI 49855
50 year old plus sub place in a bavarian style building

Manistee, MI
Big Al’S Pizza– 221 E Parkdale Ave, Manistee, MI 49660 (231) 723-6239-Pizza, subs, mexican food?! but lots of unique big flavor preparations.
Manistique, MI (Upper Peninsula)
Eats-Clyde’s Restaurant-201 Chippewa Ave , Manistique, MI 49854  (906) 341-6021-Least charming of the 3 Clydes drive ins on the Upper Peninsula, but this one has the same tasty burgers.
Marshall, MI (Battle Creek)
 Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub -Century-old, family-owned restaurant in a former hotel.
115 S Eagle St, Marshall, MI 49068 (269) 781-0600-Mmm Roast beef.  Also bbq meatballs
Metamora, MI (Greater Detroit)
White Horse Inn-1 E High St, Metamora, MI 48455 Goulash and other Eastern European influenced comfort food  in an 1850s former stagecoach stop with 2 levels & a fireplace. (810) 678-2276
Midland, MI
Boulevard Lounge– 316 S Saginaw Rd, Midland, MI 48640 : (989) 832-5387-Bar with good burgers.  Open til 2am.
Monroe, MI
Vince’s West Elm Drive Inn: 1305 W Elm Ave, Monroe, MI 48162   (734) 241-0282-great super sloppy chili dogs.
Monroe’s Original Hot Dog, 1111 W Front St, Monroe, MI 48161 (734) 241-1612 Sloppy chili dogs and charming sign at this drive in restaurant.  Seems they don’t have a fryer? Chips and root beer.
Mt Morris, MI
Gillie’s Coney Island-6524 N Dort Hwy, Mt Morris, MI 48458-24 hour Drive in Coney Dog and non 24 hour sit down diner with a western style look since 1985
Royal Oak, MI (outside of detroit)
Louies Trophy House-629 Walbridge St
Kalamazoo, Michigan (269) 385-9359


Sign of the Beefcarver-27400 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 546-7888 part of a dissappearing chain of cafeteria style joints with an alarming face on the sign

Muskegon, MI


Fatty Lumpkins Sandwich Shack-971 Washington Ave, Muskegon, MI 49441 (231) 760-4382-Charming sandwich shop with regular sandwiches and great hoagie/subs.

Amusement Park-
Michigans Adventure-this park has Shivering Timbers, a favorite ride of Rollercoaster Enthusiasts everywhere.

Negaunee, MI


Iron Town Pasties- 801 N Teal Lake Ave, Negaunee, MI 49866-Retail shop open in season fairly late but as its a bakery its probably best to get there early.

New Buffalo, MI


Redamak’s Tavern-616 E Buffalo St, New Buffalo, MI 49117  (269) 469-4522-Cool tavern with decent burger and great decor.  Fries are crinkle cut though which trashytravel despises, but you can get waffle fries sloppy with a nice dry chili.

Oink’s Dutch Treat-227 W Buffalo St, New Buffalo, MI 49117 (269) 469-3535-Adorable little ice cream shop. Can get super busy.

New Hudson, MI (Greater Detroit)

New Hudson Inn-56870 Grand River Ave, New Hudson, MI 48165
Bar & grill since 1831 with burgers and a stripper pole
(248) 437-6383

Paw Paw, MI


Red’s Root Beer-813 S Kalamazoo St, Paw Paw, MI 49079 1 269-657-8725-Chicago style and chili dog drive in with onion rings.  Fries are crinkle cut which Trashy travel consider to be an abomination on the french fry.  “Hot dog, its good!”

Pontiac, MI (greater Detroit)


Pontiac Super Chief -340 W Walton Blvd, Pontiac, MI 48340 (248) 333-2028-Foot long coneys. Good rings.

Pete’s Coney Island- 839 W Huron St, Pontiac, MI 48341 (248) 334-5050-Diner with Coney Dogs

Port Huron, MI

Palms Krystal Bar & Grill/Chicken in the Rough-1535 Pine Grove Ave, Port Huron, MI 48060
(810) 985-9838-Old bar since 1936 serving the only us location of the first food franchising attempt.

Potterville, MI


Joes Gizzard City-120 W Main St. Potterville, MI 48876  Fried Chicken Gizzards, Served in Many different flavors, cajun, garlic and more.  Plus deep fried burgers, dogs and oreos and twinkies.

Redford, MI (Greater Detroit)

Sandy’s by the Beech -25853 5 Mile Rd, Redford, MI 48239 Burgers, Loaded Chili

Rochester, MI


Lipuma’s Coney Island -621 N Main St, Rochester, MI 48307 (248) 652-9862

Royal Oak, MI (Greater Detroit)


Gusoline Alley -Vintage garage signs & a wall-mounted car decorate this dive bar. 309 S Center St, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Redcoat Tavern-31542 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073  (248) 549-0300-Dark leather boothed bar with good burgers.  Onion rings and other fried stuff look super oiley though.

Saint Claire Shores, MI (Greater Detroit)


Travis Coffee Shop-23500 Greater Mack Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080 1 586-778-0101-24/7 (Closed for cleaning Sunday Night at 10 PM) with great burgers and sliders

Travis Coffee Shop-23500 Greater Mack Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080 1 586-778-0101-24/7 (Closed for cleaning Sunday Night at 10 PM) with great burgers and sliders

Bommarito Bakery-21830 Greater Mack Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48080 (586) 772-6731

Saint Ignace, MI

Eats-Clyde’s Drive-In, 906 US Highway 2 W, Saint Ignace, MI 49781 (906) 643-8303 Cool drive in with tasty burgers on the very South end of the Upper Peninsula.
Saginaw, MI
The Historical Society of Saginaw County – Castle Museum & Annex
500 Federal Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48607 (989) 752-2861-located in an old post office, was in danger of closing.  Giant train set among other things.
Tony’s Original Restaurant-2612 State St, Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 793-1801
Italian joint famous for giant steak sandwiches

Spucky’s Subs & Coneys Located in Admiral Petroleum Co-5605 State St, Saginaw, MI 48603 (989) 401-8383-Gas station food with good looking subs, coneys and all kinds of specials like shrimp dishes

Sault St. Marie, MI
Clyde’s Drive-In-1425 Riverside Dr, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (906) 632-2581-burger joint in what looks to be an old roast beef chain store on a ferry dock.  A few others in the Upper Peninsula.

West Pier Drive-In-849 W Pier Dr, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (906) 632-0444-Amazing burgers. Like the best in the U.P.

Sterling Heights (Greater Detroit)
Ventimiglia Italian Foods- 35197 Dodge Park Rd, Sterling Heights, MI 48312-80 plus year old italian grocery with great sandwiches.
Traverse City, MI

Eats-Don’s Drive In– 1958 burger and shake joint.  Real drive in or great dining room- 2030 U.S. 31 N, Traverse City, MI 49686  (231) 938-1860

Sleder’s Family Tavern -Oldest bar in Michigan since 1888- 717 Randolph St, Traverse City, MI 49684  (231) 947-9213

Folgarelli’s Market & Wine Shop-424 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684 (231) 941-7651-Store and wine shop and tiny cafe with solid Italian sandwiches

Live Music-

Studio Anatomy -Recording studio/All ages music venue in Traverse City,  140 E Front St #14, Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 409-7946-Shows are usually Friday Only and will be mostly Highschool age people.

Vicksburg, MI


Village Hide-A-Way-111 E Prairie St, Vicksburg, MI 49097 (269) 649-3134


Jaspare’s Pizza & Italian Food-Original location of a Local pizzeria chain with some awesome calzones and garlic bread and sandwiches-111 S Main St, Vicksburg, MI 49097  (269) 649-3975

Waterford, MI

Eats-Walt’s Original Coney Island -3425 Highland Rd ,Waterford, MI 48328 (248) 933-1411-Coney/Burger Joint with cool decor.  Recommended.  No AC/Cash Only

Eats-Walt’s Original Coney Island -3425 Highland Rd ,Waterford, MI 48328 (248) 933-1411-Coney/Burger Joint with cool decor.  Recommended.  No AC/Cash Only
Ypsilanti, MI (greater Detroit)
Chick Inn Drive-In -501 Holmes Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 (734) 483-3639-Great Coneys, Grilled Cheese and Paul Bunyon burgers.  Messy Chili cheese fries.


Chick Inn Drive-In -501 Holmes Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48198 (734) 483-3639-Great Coneys, Grilled Cheese and Paul Bunyon burgers.  Messy Chili cheese fries.

Bill’s Drive-In -1292 E Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48198  (734) 485-2831-Amazing mustard colored building.  Car Hop service at this no menu root beer spot which is tiny.  Chili dogs, loose meat sandwiches, chili cheese dogs.

Roy’s Squeeze Inn-1315 E Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48198(734) 485-3999
Right near Bills, Tiny burger and BBQ sandwich joint has a cool round mimo building.

Gabriel’s Cheese Steak Hoagies-2585 E Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti Charter Twp, MI 48198
(734) 483-5846-Since 1959, awesome steak subs.

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