7. Dining and Markets

Those looking for culinary diversity may be a bit disappointed with the dining selections in the area. While the food is good, most of the restaurants serve similar fare. The most enjoyable thing is to load up on the fruits and vegetables as they come into season - the area is famous for its asparagus, berries, cherries, peaches, apples and corn.  Listed below are the places we like to eat and shop:


The Stony Lake Inn
(5 minutes): A good mix of standard American and Mexican items.  A full bar with pool table and juke box.

The Stony Lake Cafe (5 minutes): A good place for breakfast or to grab a sandwich or pizza for a picnic across the street at the park.

The Country Dairy, New Era (20 minutes): Delicious sandwiches, pizza, cheese and milk.  Very tasty ice cream and desserts.

The Brown Bear, Shelby (15 minutes): Giant hamburgers and other bar food with sports on TV. 

La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, Hart (25 minutes): Delicious and authentic Mexican restaurant in downtown Hart. I think the main customer group there is the many Mexicans who have settled in the area, so that should tell you the food is authentic and good. I've read mixed reviews on the internet, but we have eaten there and its been good.

Hobo's Tavern, North Muskegon (30 minutes): This and the Jamesport Brewing Company are probably the two best bar/restaurants in the immediate area.

Jamesport Brewing Company
, Ludington (35 minutes): Very tasty food and a full selection of their own microbrews.

The Michilinda Lodge
, Whitehall (25 minutes): this is an absolutely beautiful place to eat dinner and/or have a drink, set right over Lake Michigan on a bluff. Its an old style inn that looks like something that could be on the East Coast and you and/or your kids can enjoy shuffleboard, mini golf and a playground while you enjoy the sunset or wait for your dinner.

Scotty's or PM Steamers, Ludington (35 minutes):  More on the fine dining side with some seafood.


The Cabin Market
(2 minutes): This is just where Shelby Road and Scenic Dr/16th Ave meet and they grow and sell fruits and vegetables in season.

The Stony Lake Store
(5 minutes): Get your essentials, milk, bread, snacks, beer, wine, pizza and ice cream.

The Woodland Market
(10 minutes): Whatever you do, DO NOT leave the area without getting a pie from the Woodland Farm Market. We tend to buy whatever fruit is in season, but they are all good.

The Cherry Point Farm and Market (5 minutes): This is mostly a farm market - with lots of jams, fruits, vegetables, etc that they grow and make themselves.  There is also a delicious fishboil on Friday's and Saturday's in the summer (sign-up early as it fills) where they cook Michigan Whitefish in a huge pot over an open fire. Cherry pie for dessert is also included.

Cenzo's Market,
Pentwater (25 minutes): There are some preprepared foods here and they also probably have the best selection of "fine foods" and wines in the area.

The Healthy Pantry,
Whitehall (20 minutes): Natural foods

Cherry Hill Market, Shelby (15 minutes): Small local grocery store.

Meijer, North Muskegon (30 minutes): This is the nearest large grocery store.

Walmart, Ludington, Mi (35 minutes)