The New York Times has released its annual list of the best restaurants in America.

Michigan has some fantastic restaurants. I really believe the Mitten has some gems that are often overlooked, but maybe part of their charm is that they are hidden diamonds in the rough.

Now, the New York Times has released its annual list of the best restaurants in America. One Michigan spot made the cut. “We traveled widely and ate avidly as we built the annual list of our favorite restaurants in America,” the publication states. “From Oklahoma City to Juncos, Puerto Rico, to Orcas Island off the coast of Washington State, our food reporters, editors and critics found revelatory Ethiopian barbecue, innovative Haitian cooking and possibly the most delicious fried pork sandwich in the United States.”

They added, “While we love to see a dynamic new dining room open its doors, we’re equally impressed by kitchens that are doing their best work years in. So while some of our picks debuted just this summer, others have been around for decades. The one thing they do have in common: The food is amazing. These are the 50 restaurants we love most in 2022.”

So, which Michigan spot made the cut? Freya in Detroit. Of the spot, the publication station, “Located in a neighborhood where the bones of the city’s past economic might are still visible, Freya’s resourcefully repurposed building is a sign of more recent resilience. Inside, the soundtrack is chosen by diners from a collection of vinyl records listed in a bound volume, like bottles of wine; Motor City artists are well-represented. And still the thing that feels most Detroit about the place is its food. Douglas Hewitt, an owner, and the chef de cuisine Phoebe Zimmerman execute the four separate prix fixe menus — the vegan one is particularly impressive — with cool confidence, producing gorgeous, skillfully balanced dishes that deserve to be sources of hometown pride.” Find the full list here.

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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    Dining reservations are available online. Restaurant reservations are available from Thursday through Sunday. The maximum group size for online reservations is 7 guests. Groups over 7 will need to call for reservations. Reservations are only available for dining in our restaurant, not for tastings.

  • 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!

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    Lansing Area Fine Dining: Dinner - English Inn (Eaton Rapids)

    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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    Iridescence not only offers a sky-high view of Detroit's cityscape, it maximizes the luxe experience with an exhibition kitchen, revolving wine carousels, soaring ceilings and a feeling of old-world elegance mixed with cutting-edge urban modernity.

  • 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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  • 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

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  • 8. Arcadia Bluffs – Arcadia

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    With multiple dining options available to our guests, 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 Experience a gourmet breakfast buffet served mountainside as the sunrise peaks over the mountain top. Enjoy warm waffles, french toast, a perfectly made omelet, and more with breakfast in the Main Dining Room with panoramic views of the beautiful grounds, mountain, and slopes.

  • 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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    Book now at Lakeview Restaurant in Bellaire, MI. Explore menu, see photos and read 126 reviews: "Wife's salmon dinner came out uncooked, sent it back. The NY strip steak was good, but it only came with kettle chips with some type of topping on it. ...".

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    The Butler

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

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