Eat Like a Local: Bon appétit Charlevoix

Eat Like a Local: Bon appétit Charlevoix

Fall is the perfect time to take advantage of Charlevoix’s culinary scene. These are just a few of the many restaurants that have a table waiting for you.


Pigs Eatin’ Ribs

Charlevoix residents craving barbecue need look no further than Pigs Eatin’ Ribs on Bridge Street. Owner Adam Kline said the restaurant sells “all kinds of barbecue” ranging from pulled pork tacos and sandwiches to barbecue platters and brisket.

“Our brisket is similar to what you’d find in Texas — slow and low,” he said. “It’s seasoned with salt and pepper, and it’s smoked ... for 12 to 14 hours.”

Kline said on weekends Pigs Eatin’ Ribs has a “pretty extensive” breakfast menu. The eatery also serves various beverages daily such as draft root beer, cream soda and homemade sweet tea.

“Everything’s fresh and homemade from the heart,” Kline said. “I use a lot of recipes my grandma used. And we don’t open any cans or anything like that. We try to utilize our smoker for everything we do.”

The restaurant opens its doors from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Pigs Eatin’ Ribs

1418 Bridge Street


Kelsey’s Lakeside Grille 

This bistro by the lake serves up dishes such as deep-fried perch and burgers. 

Jeff Wilder, co-owner of Kelsey’s Lakeside Grille, calls it a “classic bistro with a sports bar theme overlooking Lake Charlevoix.”

Some of Kelsey’s dishes are served basket-style, with fries on the side. Wilder said cherry chicken salad and fajitas are among the most popular items the restaurant sells. 

Kelsey’s serves wine by the glass or by the bottle, other alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. The bistro also makes a few dessert items, including a chocolate lava cake and a skillet cookie.

Kelsey’s even has a pool table for guests to use.

The bistro’s hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-8 p.m. on Sunday.

Kelsey’s Lakeside Grille

230 Ferry Avenue


Linda’s Tacos and More

Charlevoix foodies can enjoy the flavors of Mexican cuisine at Lynda’s Tacos and More, an eatery off M-66.

The business serves burritos, quesadillas, tacos, tamales, rice and beans. Owner Benito Vasquez said LT’s uses all “from scratch” products.

“We’re authentic,” he said. “We’re simple.”

The authenticity even extends to the eatery’s beverages, as it sells Mexican drinks such as Jarritos, along with other soft drinks.

“It takes time to prepare the food, so we ask our customers to be patient,” Vasquez said. “And they’re willing to wait. I’ve been very surprised how many people are willing to wait because the food is worth it.”

LT’s is open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. 

Linda’s Tacos and More

105 M-66

(231) 437-2024


Scovie’s Gourmet

For the last 16 years, Scovie’s Gourmet has served a variety of lunch and dinner dishes to its guests in a casual atmosphere. 

Sherl McEnhill, dining room manager at Scovie’s, said the restaurant makes American-style deli food for lunch, including sandwiches, burgers, large salads and more. McEnhill said her favorite lunch item is the Bordeaux, a panini containing turkey, brie and caramelized onions. Her second favorite dish is the Skinner, a burger with bacon, barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese.

She said the restaurant provides “affordable, good food” because it is made to order.

Scovie’s also cooks dinner meals, ranging from steak to pasta, though customers can also order lunch items at dinner. The restaurant has a full bar, and some of its beverages come from Michigan, such as Short’s beer from Bellaire.

Scovie’s also caters, and bakes cakes for weddings and other occasions.

During the fall, winter and spring, Scovie’s is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Scovie’s is closed on Sundays. 

Scovie’s Gourmet

111 Bridge Street


Argonne Supper Club

Gourmands searching for a seafood dinner can turn to Argonne Supper Club just outside Charlevoix on the Boyne City Road.

“At one time in America, around the Midwest, they had what they called supper clubs,” said Steve Ager, owner and operator of Argonne Supper Club. 

The restaurant serves seafood such as lobster and shrimp, along with whitefish, a Northern Michigan favorite. Shrimp is the supper club’s “biggest seller,” according to Ager. For those who prefer land to sea, the Argonne also cooks steaks, ribs and chicken.

Those with a sweet tooth can complete their meal with key lime pie, cheesecake, or one of the Argonne’s many other desserts.

“We’ve been in business for over 60 years, so I’d say that we’re doing pretty good,” Ager said. 

The Argonne is open from 5-8 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday in the fall. The Argonne closes for the season on Nov. 1, reopening in May.

Argonne Supper Club

11929 Boyne City Road

(231) 547-9331


A trip to Charlevoix isn’t complete without trying the city’s dining, and these restaurants are a good place to start.

Written By Anne Snabes, Photo by Michael Murphy IV Photography