Located at a walking distance from Dove's Nest Bed and Breakfast, Mark III Restaurant & Lounge is the perfect place to grab some dinner, especially if you are craving some Mexican food. Although mostly made in the Tex-Mex style, the food here is delicious and ranges from steaks and burgers to salads and seafood. You can try out a selection of Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos, enchiladas and more and sip on some craft beers or their famous margaritas to go along. All in all, this is a great stop, both for the local regular and the weary traveller.
If you are busy sightseeing in St Joseph, Buck Burgers & Brew, located close to the Amtrak as well as museums, galleries and churches is a great place to drop in for a quick bite to eat. The bar is well known for its variety of local craft beers and micro-brews which is a novelty in Michigan. There are more than 50 beers on draft and even more can be found in bottles. If you are unsure as to which beer you want, you can always ask to sample some before you pick. The burgers here are also famous and made from fresh, local ingredients. You can build your own burger or go with one of the favorites on the menu which is then served with a side of homemade potato or sweet-potato fries. If you're not feeling much like having a burger, there are sandwich and salad options. If you are in too much of a hurry to stop in, you can always get some take-out.
While on the Main Street, the exposed-brick exterior of this bar and grill is hard to miss, this is 221 Main also known as the Players Bar & Grille. Delighting locals and travelers alike, this restaurant is known for their delectable spread of American dishes which are rightly served with a twist. At 221 Main, the ambiance is always lively with patrons cheering their favorite teams while some challenging their pals to a friendly game of pool. In the company of all the vigor, your palate deserves to have conversations with dishes like Seared Scallops, Crab Cakes, chicken wings, caesar salad, the Players Burger, Blackened Chicken and their Reuben. Quench your thirst by making your own Bloody Mary, or ask for a their popular drafts beers.
Your visit to St. Joseph is incomplete without a meal at this favorite local eatery called Clementine’s Too. The restaurant overlooks a gorgeous marina and its outdoor seating gives picturesque view of the waterside. The interior of the place is very well furnished thereby making it ideal for a family gathering or for a meal with many friends. Their menu dictates American delights with options like chicken and steak salads, Fiesta Taco salad, then sandwiches like The Drawbridge which comes infused with ham, the Brewmaster burger, and many more options. Their stack of onion rings deserves a special mention because it's a house specialty. Clementine’s Too has a limited but robust wine list on offer, and patrons can rely on waiters for suggestions over pairing.
With a view of the beautiful Lake Michigan from their rooftop, Ryebelle’s serves up a mix of traditional American and sea-food. Dine on scallops, dips, cheeseburgers, shrimp baskets, chips and salsa and more while you sip on a beer and enjoy the stunning blues of the lake. Live music concerts are also often held here. Since there is plenty of space, you can come in with a big group of friends or family or bring a date to see the spectacular vistas of the lake.
Established in 1992, this riverside music venue hosts some of the most talented local and regional musicians in the region. Czar's 505 also has karaoke nights and occasional comedy acts for further entertainment. Take a sip of beer and order a pizza while you enjoy the music. Some of their previous listings are Dragon Wagon, The Mainstays, Brian Randall Band and Kris Hitchcock. The genres that are focused here include Reggae and Country. Open from Thursdays through Saturdays, till 2a, Czar's 505 makes for a great music and entertainment space; check their website for event schedule.
With a rustic, warm ambiance, Schu's Grill & Bar resembles a country home with its wood and stone walls, leather chairs and cozy fireplace. While indoors is warm and toasty in the winter months, outdoor seating is especially pleasant during the summer months where visitors can relax over a tasty meal and a cold beer. The menu features classic southern and mid-western dishes like the slow roasted baby back ribs, Shu's jumbo perch fresh from the lakes, Michigan cherry salad, baked potato soup and crab cakes. Kids can enjoy comfort classics like grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken strips. The wine list features a nice selection of local wines from Michigan like the Red Demi-Sec from Tabor Hill winery and the Pinot Noir from Domaine Berrien Cellars. Local brews and craft beers are also featured like offerings from the Darkhorse Brewing Company and Founder's Brewing Company.