Chinese Cuisine in the Upper Peninsula

Chinese food you can order a la carts or by family meals. Request your food “Chinese Hot” for a flavorful zing. Staff address menu questions and the food is delicious.

Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant frontGolden Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 215 S. Suffolk, Ironwood, MI

Venue:  The Golden Dragon relocated from a small strip mall location to its current fine dining spot that was formerly an Italian restaurant in downtown Ironwood in Michigan’s supper Peninsula.  Lots of seating and a separate bar area.Table and booth seating inside Chinese restaurant

Atmosphere:  Relaxing environment with your choice of table or booth.  The owner, Annie, is usually on site and interacts with her customers.

Food Fare:  Chinese food that you can order a la carte or by family meals.

Picture of Chinese food

 

Recommendations:  If you enjoy spicy, request your food “Chinese Hot” for a flavorful zing.  Egg rolls and spring rolls are both delicious.  The peanutbutter chicken has a sweetly delicious peanutbutter sauce.

Service:  Excellent.  Well trained staff.  They know the menu and can address questions.

Return Rating:  Definitely!  Note:  the restaurant is closed on Mondays.

Picture of Chinese food

 

Picture of Chinese food

 

 

 

Picture of Chinese food

 

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Cozy Hometown Bakery for your Coffee Break

Get your coffee, donut or pasty at this Ironwood, MI bakery. Casual, friendly atmosphere in this downtown gem.

Rigoni's bakery storefrontRigoni’s Bakery, 110 S. Suffolk St., Ironwood, MI.

Venue:  Hometown, local owned, small business bakery.

Atmosphere:  Clean and casual, eat in or carry out bakery.  Nice place for daily coffee as evidenced by many locals.  The table in front of the window is the men’s a.m. gathering hole.

Tables and booths inside bakery

Food Fare:  Donuts, cookies, muffins, breads, brownies, breakfast pasties, traditional pasties.  Coffee, hot tea, other drinks.  Reasonable prices.

Bakery case with baked goods

Recommendations:  Check out the day old packaged donuts for a deal.  Also, there are sometimes pasties at a discount.  Take ’em home and freeze for a quick meal.  Say hi to Bob the Baker and owner if you see him.  If you’ve not tried a pasty, be sure to do so.

Bob the Baker and bakery case with goodies

Service:  Friendly and they’ll keep your coffee cup full.

Return Rating:  Definitely!  This is one of the gems in downtown Ironwood in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Baked goods display case

 

Road Trip for Ribs to Trinity, Texas

Easy to spot barbeque stand in Trinity, Texas offers food the proprietor can rightfully be proud of. Worth a road trip for the ribs!

The Best Bar-B-Que in Trinity Texas SignSammy’s Bar-B-Que     Trinity Texas

Venue: Side of the road Bar-B-Que stand that was easy to spot as we drove by (107 Calvin Street). There was a Resale Shop next door (don’t bother) separate from the food stand.

Atmosphere: Awning covered picnic tables with a small food trailer and a bar-b-que pit.

Food Fare: “The Best Bar-B-Que in Trinity TX” according to their sign (We agree). We tried the ribs and Boudin sausage and were very happy with them. Check out the size of the ribs in the picture – great tasting and easy to eat off the bone. Note: I am not usually an eat off the bone person, but I was with these! Sausage was delicious. We sampled potato salad and beans at the stand, and both were great tasting. The potato salad was some of the best we have ever had. The beans were exceptional. The proprietor was rightfully proud of his cooking.

bar-b-que ribs and boudin sausage in stryofoam carryout container

Recommendation: If you are in the area, it is definitely worth driving a little out of the way to enjoy this food.

Service: Friendly and welcoming.

Return Rating: Definitely!

 

 

Cruising by Crescent City, IL? Grab BBQ Ribs!

If you are cruising through Crescent City, IL be sure to get some ribs at Springcreek BBQ located at the corner of U.S. highway 24 and IL highway 49.

 

Springcreek BBQ TrailerExcellent ribs and mediocre brisket. We pulled up to this corner stand to see the proprietor and his son with their feet up watching a barbecuer. Sort of like watching water boil.

Picture of Springcreek BBQ father and son

When we walked up we were warmly greeted. I asked if the ribs were done. He advised he needed to put barbeque sauce on them and continue to cook them. I asked if he would sell us a slab as is knowing they weren’t “finished.” We got a slab of ribs with only a rub on it and some brisket. The brisket was nothing special but we compare it to what we get in Navasota, TX at Mallett Brothers Barbeque. The ribs were excellent. While not “finished,” the meat was done, tender, and tasty. If these half done ribs are an example of what he makes, I would like to try the completed ribs.

barbeque ribs on tin foil with knife and fork

We highly recommend stopping in. Skip the brisket, eat the ribs. This Barbeque Trailer is located in Crescent City, IL at the corner of U.S. highway 24 and IL highway 49.

 

BBQ trailer

Written by Pete Avery for BackroadTracks.com Blog.

Fabulous All You Can Eat Fish Fry

The Bucket offers “wet” or “dry” All You Can Eat Fish on a Friday night. This hometown Bar and Grill is definitely worth a stop!

Ma Bucket’s PlaceFried fish dinner with , tartar sauce and bread.

104 Coldwater Street

Union City, Michigan

Venue: The exterior façade of “The Bucket” does not reflect the phenomenal food and service you encounter on the inside.  Very casual Bar and Grill with hometown atmosphere.

Atmosphere: Homemade lumber tables, banquet chairs, Keno, bar, and dancing floor.  Staff are welcoming.

Food Fare: Phenomenal food and service!  Fish and pizza are fabulous.  Fried mushrooms are nice and crispy (pictured below).

Plate of fried mushrooms

Recommendation: Be sure to try the All You Can Eat Fish (“A.U.C.E. Fish”) on a Friday night.  They offer “wet” and “dry” fish.  Wet is beer batter fish and dry is a thinner coating on the fried fish.  We prefer the dry (pictured above), but both are tasty.  With the meal you get your choice of two:  french fries, coleslaw, or cottage cheese.  The A.U.C.E. fish meal includes a homemade dessert too!

Service: Is very good, but can be a bit slow on a busy Friday night.  Be prepared to relax and enjoy your evening as you fill up on fish.

Return Rating: Definitely—every chance we get!

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1950’s Style Diner with Super Burgers!

Small, hometown 1950’s diner with breakfast anytime. Offers mouthwatering hamburgers, solid service, and a local diner flare.

Kelly's Big Burger outdoor signKelly’s Big Burger                        405 N. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, TN

Venue:  Local diner that’s been around a long time.  Kelly’s boasts regular locals and does a brisk carryout business too.

Atmosphere:  Small, hometown 1950’s diner feel with counter stool or table seating.

Food Fare: Breakfast anytime. Mouthwatering hamburgers and crispy french fries.  Fried mushrooms and pretzels were good. Breakfast kid’s meal was a generous child portion.

Hamburger and french friesPlated cheeseburger and fries

Recommendations:  Try a burger choice—you won’t regret it!  Pace your soda (pop) as one refill is included.

Service:  Good, solid service. We received what we ordered.  Great team work by staff to get the job done.

Return Rating:  Definitely!  We love a great burger with local diner flare.

Inside Kelly's Big Burger with logo clockWhite board and inside restaurant picture

Horrendous Buffet in West Memphis

We were so looking forward to a buffet. The fried chicken was dry, the cottage cheese was warm, but the ham and beans were good. The food provided on the buffet was not up to standards that we have come to expect from Shoney’s.

 

Venue: Diner style restaurant with buffet option and waitress to your table service.

Atmosphere:  We stopped in around the end of March and the hostess at this Shoney’s was surly at best.  Otherwise, it was your typical Shoney’s with tables and booths.

Food Fare:  We were so looking forward to a buffet.  The fried chicken was dry, the cottage cheese was warm, but the ham and beans were good.  The food provided on the buffet was not up to standards that we have come to expect from Shoney’s.  The quality of the food tended to fall into the category of luke warm garbage.

Recommendations:  Avoid this Shoney’s location.

Service:  Our waitress was friendly even though her service was a little slow starting.  She did attend to us more halfway through our meal to earn a tip.  We are fairly low maintenance when it comes to service expectations.  Keeping our drinks from going dry, clearing away dirty dishes, and checking on us once during a meal will earn a decent tip.

Return Rating:  Not a chance!  This review didn’t rate posting pictures.

Mouthwatering Hamburgers with the Best Crispy Fries

Casual “brick-lined pub” located on a small town main street in Mahomet, IL. Phenomenal chorizo stuffed mushrooms, crispy french fries, and great tasting hamburgers earned a return rating of “definitely!”

An Amazing Eatery–J.T. Walker’s

JT Walkers storefront

401 E. Main Street, Mahomet, IL

Venue: A casual “brick-lined pub” located on a small town main street. Great for a date night or family meal.

Atmosphere: Dining on a Sunday evening this past February afforded us our pick of seats and ease of enjoying our table conversation in the restaurant.  We had 3 adults and one baby in our party.

Food Fare: Everything we had was prepared well and delicious.  Some of the best hamburgers we have ever had.  To date, these burgers rival the Upside Down Burgers at Gronk’s in Superior, WI.  We enjoyed the California Burger, Black Jack Burger, and The House Burger.  My side of french fries are some of the best I have had – cooked crispy as requested!  My husband commented that the coleslaw was exceptional.  The side salad with the other burger was enjoyed as well.  The only food complaint was the minimal sauce on the House Burger.

Recommendation: Definitely try the Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms – they were phenomenal!

Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed Mushrooms

Service: Our waitress did her job well, but there was a disconnect between her and the staff delivering our food.  We had to ask again for our lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onions that were requested when we ordered the hamburgers.  Also, it would have been nice to receive appetizer plates with the stuffed mushrooms rather than sharing the serving platter to eat from.  When additional sauce for the House Burger was requested, our waitress brought mayonnaise rather than the specific chipotle sauce.  This was disappointing.  Extra lemons were requested for the baby in our party and promptly delivered to our table.

Return Rating: Definitely—the food was that amazing despite the few glitches in service.

California Burger
California Burger
House Burger
House Burger