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Summer is most definitely here, and with July Fourth coming up, chances are you going to see, and munch on, some burgers in the next few weeks. I mean, burgers are really a year-round food, but cooking up burgers on the grill makes for a great summer thing to do. This is even coming from a vegetarian, because I have to say that veggie burgers have gotten a lot better over the years. They’re always a favorite for me during the summer months.

It appears there’s a new burger favorite in Michigan. What’s more, that burger has a Caribbean flavor, making it very original. My mouth is watering just thinking about a Caribbean-flavored delight.

Last weekend, the 2022 Burger Battle in Eastern Market took place. People crowded the venue, waiting in long lines to try burgers from all over the city for the annual Burger Battle, which is run by Dine, Drink, Detroit. This was the firs time the battle was back following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. A total of 11 chefs and restaurants were on hand to feed about 2,000 attendees. That’s a lot of burgers!

So, who came out on top? The winner was chef Max Hardy and his Detroit restaurant Coop Caribbean Fusion. The burger offered a blend of beef short rib and brisket, as well as a topping of Havarti cheese. Hardy, who also owns Jed’s Detroit, picked up the $1,000 top prize and a trophy to display in his restaurant. That’s not to mention bragging rights.

Another Detroit-area burger joint was recently crowned the best burger in Michigan by Reader’s Digest. That’s Miller’s Bar in Dearborn, with the publication calling it a burger “with a special blend of meats and topped with a thick slice of Velveeta cheese, burgers here are served ‘commando style’ on wax paper with a side of pickles and white onions.” That sounds delicious, too. Happy burger days.

12 Michigan Restaurants with Incredible Views

  • 12 Michigan Restaurants with Incredible Views

    This list is via the fine folks at Michigan.org.

  • 1. Fitzgerald's Hotel and Restaurant – Eagle River

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    Menu - Fitzgerald's Hotel & Restaurant

    Our menu is subject to product availability and may change without notice. This is our current dine-in menu for the week of 6/28, but it will change frequently. For sandwiches and lighter fair, please place your order by clicking HERE . Once you pick up your food, you're welcome to take it out onto our deck.

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    Beautiful days deserve to be spent in a beautiful space. Our outdoor patio, which overlooks our vineyard, is open for dining, Thursday through Sunday. Our patio is first-come, first-serve (i.e. no reservations). The patio, as well as the rest of the restaurant, is unable to accommodate pets.

  • 3. Aerie Restaurant and Lounge at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa – Acme

    Aerie Restaurant Lounge

    Show up in our Social Feed! Tag your photos with #GTRESORT: See More Events Eat, Drink, and Relax. Aerie has become a mecca for those who love bold, exciting flavors. Locally-grown produce is paired with products and tastes boasting an international flair.

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    Aerie Menus

    Explore the menus from Aerie Restaurant and Lounge at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, a gorgeous dining experience from the food to the views.

  • 4. English Inn, Restaurant and Pub – Eaton Rapids

    The Pub Menu is back and available in the Pub or on the Terrace. Book a pub table online at englishinn.com or call us at 517-663-2500 for same day Terrace reservations. Cheers!

    Posted by The English Inn, Restaurant and Pub on Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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    Fine Dining In Lansing, Michigan: Dinner | The English Inn

    Savor the ultimate Lansing area fine dining experience with dinner at the English Inn Restaurant & Pub in nearby Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

  • 5. Iridescence – Detroit

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  • 6. Rose's on Reeds Lake Restaurant – Grand Rapids

    Rose's On Reeds Lake | East Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Rose's On Reeds Lake-legendary lakeside dining in historic East Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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    https://www.yelp.com/biz/roses-grand-rapids-3

  • 7. Gates Au Sable Lodge Restaurant – Grayling

    Restaurant - Gates Au Sable Lodge

    The restaurant at Gates Lodge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting beside the Au Sable River. Our food is prepared almost entirely in house

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    Gates Au Sable Lodge, Grayling

    Payment Credit Cards Accepted Is this your restaurant? Click to add your description here. | Add Photo 2 Reviews 2 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 stars have been consolidated here. Consolidated reviews are included in the calculation of the average rating of 4.4 stars which is based on 8 total reviews.

  • 8. Arcadia Bluffs – Arcadia

    Dining | Arcadia Bluffs

    With multiple dining options available to our guets, dining at the Bluffs Course is a dining experience you won't forget with incredible views of Lake Michigan. The casual full-service concept features carefully crafted comfort cuisine perfect for any occasion. The restaurant is located on the second floor of our stunning South Course clubhouse.

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    The Bluffs Dining | Arcadia Bluffs

    The Dining Room at Arcadia Bluffs offers full service dining to the public, and our guests. The spectacular views of Lake Michigan and sunsets from The Dining Room and deck make it the most dramatic dining experience on the shore. The Dining Room includes a beautiful cherry wood bar with seating for ten.

  • 9. Boyne Highlands Resort – Harbor Springs

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    Stay energized with a variety of dining choices.

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    Located on the second floor in the Main Lodge Our Main Dining Room is situated in the second floor of our Main Lodge Hotel, with a panoramic view that begins with our beautifully maintained grounds and extends to the slopes that serve as the backdrop to The Highlands.

  • 10. Noto's at the Bil-Mar – Grand Haven

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    The Noto family brings their Sicilian roots to Noto's at The Bil-Mar, rebuilt at the spot of the Bil-Mar restaurant, which served the lakeshore since 1952. Noto's at the Bil-Mar is an upbeat, contemporary restaurant and bar with something for everyone. Sample our eclectic wine list with a Lake Michigan sunset and fine dining in our lakefront dining room.

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    pepperoni . noto's homemade italian sausage onions . peppers . mozzarella . provolone

  • 11. The Lakeview Restaurant – Bellaire

    The Lakeview Restaurant

    Located in Summit Village, The Lakeview Restaurant features innovative regional fare with majestic views of Lake Bellaire. Voted best steak and best dessert in Northern Michigan by Northern Express readers.

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    Lakeview Restaurant - Bellaire, MI on OpenTable

    Book now at Lakeview Restaurant in Bellaire, MI. Explore menu, see photos and read 120 reviews: "Menu not a wide range but the food was very good. Clam chower, chips and French onion dip starters good. Seafood corn chowder dinner and salmon were ex...".

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    The Butler

    Restaurant menu, map for The Butler located in 49453, Saugatuck MI, 40 Butler Street.

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