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Traditional Dining

The Mackinac Grill
The Village Inn
The Galley
Northern Lights
Chee Peng

Traditional Dining

Clyde's Drive-Inn
The Truckstop
Java Joe's

This is not an all inclusive list of area resturants. It only includes St. Ignace resturants most often frequented by the staff of the Straits Scuba Center. For other resturant choices please refer to the "related sites" page.

Traditional Dining

The Driftwood.
This restaurant and sports bar is located directly across the street from the Straits Scuba Center. It has a rich tradition as a favorite watering hole for locals and visitors alike. The bar and restaurant have been recently refurbished and the bar expanded. The staff is very accommodating.

The local favorites include pizza, buffalo wings, and a "fishbite" appetizer (now only on the late nite menu), which would pass as a dinner at most places. The bar can even make a true black and tan. You can get food from the restaurant menu until it closes around 10 pm. After that, you order from a limited bar menu until the bar closes at 2 am.
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The Mackinac Grill.
This is the up scale appearing restaurant you see as you enter St. Ignace from the Bridge side. It features a bright red painted caboose and a lot of parking. The walls are hung with old construction prints of the ferry boats. It has a full menu but service can be slow during tourist season.
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The Village Inn.
Located across from the Mackinac Grill, this restaurant and bar rounds out the big three of major establishments in town. It parrots the menu selection from its big brother on Mackinac Island. The food is usually well made, presented, and served. The house specialty is planked whitefish. The pizza is regarded by some as the best in town.

A nice bar occupies the center of the room and the staff will accommodate larger parties by combining tables.
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The Galley.
This is a family style restaurant with a liquor license that works the tourist crowd. It has the advantage of being on the water. During busy times, this brings out the disadvantage of limited parking and it can become a job getting in and out. The staff is friendly and the food generally meets your expectations. The menu runs to traditional fried food and dinners but it also includes what may be the best steaks in town. Breakfast is also served.
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Northern Lights.
This family restaurant lacks a liquor license. If you like a coke or coffee with dinner (or breakfast), the food is good and the decor features an interesting collection of ship pictures and nautical memorabilia. Not all of this stuff belongs to the area, but it is interesting to look at.
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Chee Peng Family Restaurant.
This small Chinese restaurant is located in a little storefront on State Street. This place is unique as the only St. Ignace entry in the ethnic cuisine trade. It also features very good Thai Food.
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Less Traditional Dining

Clyde's Drive-Inn.
If you have a longing to turn the clock back to the old days of roadside drive-inns with covered canopies, this place will provide an interesting diversion. If you want to eat inside, instead of your vehicle, you have to belly up to a little stainless steel bar. If you prefer, you can eat outside on one of the picnic tables.

The house specialty is the "Clydeburger", which is more than a normal person can eat.The fried food is the typical chicken and fish strips with fries.
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The Truckstop.
We cannot say enough good things about this place. It is a true "greasy spoon". There is nothing phony or sheik about it. What you see is all there is. It is also open around the clock and the food is cheap. The decor features well used Formica covered tables and booths but you aren't paying for high priced decor anyway.

The breakfast, served anytime, is as good as you can get in town. The fried perch dinner is perhaps the best in town. The dinners like fried chicken and meatloaf are as good as anything else you are likely to get in the area.
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Java Joe's.
This tiny eatery occupies a little corner of a motel parking lot on motel row North of the Straits Scuba Center. Part diner, partcoffee shop, part breakfast place and part tourist trap, it features the world as viewed by the owner - Java Joe. According to the menu he hands out, he arrived in St. Ignace under mysterious circumstances. Anyway, if you want to indulge this guy's arrested development (or your own) in a quasi-Jimmy Buffet atmosphere, this is the place. It's open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and offers pizza delivery. The coffee is very good and the food is creative and well made.
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There are now two Subways in town. One is just West of the Bridge on U.S. 2 and the other is on State Street just north of the Straits Scuba Center, and an easy walk from there. The one on State Street is open until long into the night on summer weekends (10 or 11 pm). It is a good place to get a sandwich for the next day's diving.
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587 N. State St. in St. Ignace, Michigan