With its charming, small-town atmosphere and direct access to Lake Michigan, Saugatuck is a popular beach destination for city dwellers seeking a relaxing getaway. Though visitors come to be near the Lake Michigan shore, I suggest you venture beyond the beach to these seven locally-loved places to eat and drink in Saugatuck and Douglas, Michigan.
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Where To Eat In Saugatuck And Douglas
Want to eat and drink where the locals do in Saugatuck and Douglas? Well, I’ve done the research for you. The following seven restaurants and bars have been taste tested and approved by this West Michigan-based foodie.
Explore the map below to find where to eat in Saugatuck!
It seems only appropriate to start this list where you should begin your day in Saugatuck. Specializing in brunch, GROW’s menu features a variety of sweet and savory breakfast dishes and a handful of salads and sandwiches. I must say you really can’t go wrong with any of the “batter” options. I’ve tried all three of these sweet breakfast dishes — carrot cake pancakes, Belgian waffle with maple butter and jam, and blueberry and lemon French toast. All three were so incredibly delicious I don’t think I could choose a favorite. If you prefer savory breakfast options, the avocado toast and breakfast panzanella would be my suggestions. But, don’t just take my word for it. Go try GROW for yourself!
GROW is located at 302 Culver Street in Saugatuck.
Uncommon Coffee Roasters
Need your morning cup of joe or a mid-day latte while you browse the downtown shops? Uncommon Coffee Roasters is the place to go. This downtown Saugatuck coffee shop serves high-quality coffee roasted in house, espresso drinks, and a selection of baked goods. Both classic and unique, the espresso-based beverages are created with house-made syrups. This summer I tried the iced lavender latte, which was quite refreshing. You’re likely to find Uncommon’s coffee served at other restaurants around town, and it has even been used in a craft beer brewed by Saugatuck Brewing Company!
Uncommon Coffee Roasters is located at 127 Hoffman Street in Saugatuck.
Farmhouse Deli & Pantry
Farmhouse Deli & Pantry has been called the best deli in West Michigan, and I’d say rightfully so. Each of the deli’s sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts feature local ingredients and are “crafted with love.” Farmhouse Deli also serves freshly-made juices, cleansing hot shots, Equal Exchanges’ organic coffee and cold brew, and a variety of espresso and tea drinks.
I highly recommend the Muffeletta sandwich of smoked ham, fennel salami, spicy sopressata, olives, greens, Gouda, and lemon mayonnaise on a Dutch crunch roll. So yummy! Not a meat eater? The menu also features a couple vegan options, including a hummus veggie wrap and vegan Bahn Mi. For the kiddos, Farmhouse offers organic peanut butter and strawberry jam, white cheddar grilled cheese, and turkey with cheddar and mayo sandwiches on challah bread.
While you can eat your sandwiches on the picnic tables outside, I’d take them to nearby Oval Beach. The Farmhouse pantry is stocked with high-quality and local foods and drinks to round out your picnic lunch.
Farmhouse Deli & Pantry is located at 100 Blue Star Highway in Douglas.
Red Dock Cafe
Located on a dock in Kalamazoo Lake, Red Dock Cafe offers dockside service, waterfront views, cold drinks, and a laid-back Key West-like atmosphere until sunset. “When the sun goes down, you leave town” states a chalkboard behind the bar, so the Red Dock is definitely your day-drinking spot on a hot summer afternoon. Stop by for the boozy rum punch, and don’t forget to bring cash!
Red Dock Cafe is located at 219 N Union Street in Douglas.
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Craft beer drinkers, Saugatuck Brewing Company needs to be on your itinerary. One of my favorite Michigan-made beers is their Blueberry Maple Stout. Just imagine all the flavors of blueberry pancakes in a pint glass! You also can’t go wrong with SBC’s classics. The Oval Beach Blonde goes down easy in summer. In fall and winter, reach for the slightly smoky Bonfire Brown or the creamy Neapolitan Milk Stout.
As for food, the brewery dishes up tasty pub fare, including salads, soups, sandwiches, and burgers. While dining on the patio this summer, I enjoyed the Southwestern Club of marinated chicken breast topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a chipotle aioli on a spent grain roll. I paired my meal with the tart and funky Cotton Mouth Quencher (Peach).
One of the best perks of dining at the Saugatuck Brewing Co. pub is getting to taste their uniquely flavored beers, and if you are offered anything barrel aged, your answer should be nothing other than “YES, PLEASE.”
The Saugatuck Brewing Company pub is located at 2948 Blue Star Highway in Douglas.
This fabulous wine bar in Douglas is such a hidden gem and my new favorite spot in Saugatuck/Douglas. The drink menu features an extensive array of Michigan-made craft beers and ciders — several of which are hyperlocal. While much of the beer is locally sourced, the wines come mostly from boutique wineries in the world’s top wine regions. At Borrowed Time, pair your glass of vino or a pint with a cheese and charcuterie board, bruschetta, or a dish to share. I’m dying to try the baked brie and bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts with a Scotch maple glaze. Yum, right?
Borrowed Time is located at 22 East Center Street in Douglas.
J. Paul’s Restaurant & Wine Lounge at The Kirby
To wrap up this list of where to eat in Saugatuck, I’ve saved the swankiest for last. If you are in the mood to wine and dine, J. Paul’s Restaurant & Wine Lounge at The Kirby is the place for you.
Located on the main level of a Victorian-era home that now houses a boutique hotel, the dining room is an intimate setting. With dim candle lighting and a beautiful wrap-around porch outside, it’s quite a romantic atmosphere for your couple’s getaway.
Beyond the romantic atmosphere, I loved the wine selection. Sommelier Mindy has curated a fabulous wine list that pairs well with the refined seasonal menu. During my hosted meal, Mindy selected a flight of rosé wines that enhanced each delicious course. For any wine lover, dining at J. Paul’s Restaurant & Wine Lounge is a must when visiting Saugatuck.
J. Paul’s Restaurant & Wine Lounge is located at The Kirby, 294 West Center Street in Douglas.
You can also stay at The Kirby!
Planning to visit Saugatuck?
Living less than an hour’s drive from Saugatuck, most of my visits have been day trips from Grand Rapids. Between the beaches, shops, and dining, there is never a shortage of things to do on day trip to Saugatuck.
However, this past summer I finally stayed for a weekend getaway hosted at the Amble Inn, a rustic yet cozy bed and breakfast just south of Douglas in Fennville. In fact, the B&B is just a minute’s drive down Blue Star Highway from Saugatuck Brewing Company. I recommend staying at the Amble Inn for the delicious homemade breakfast and charming patio space outside my room.
More Saugatuck Accommodations
Staying at a bed and breakfast is part of the charming small-town experience when visiting Saugatuck, Douglas, and nearby Fennville. Besides the Amble Inn, I’m sharing a few other accommodations in Saugatuck, Douglas, and Fennville to consider booking for your trip.
Where to Stay in Saugatuck
- Belvedere Inn & Restaurant
- Hidden Garden Cottages & Suites
- The Hotel Saugatuck
- Judson Heath Colonial Inn
- Twin Oaks Inn
- Wickwood Inn
Where to Stay in Douglas
Where to Stay in Fennville
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