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


Antiques Galore in UP Downtown Store

Antiques nicely crowded into an old downtown building. Main floor and a basement to wander. Offering reasonable prices.

Dan’s Antique Mall
Downtown Ironwood, Michigan–Upper Peninsula
131 E. Aurora St.

Venue:  Antiques nicely crowded into an old downtown building. Main floor and a basement to wander. Offering reasonable prices.

Atmosphere: From the minute you walk into the entryway, you have items to begin looking at. My impression walking into the store was, “Wow.”

Offerings: Antiques a plenty. You name it, they had it.

Recommendations: Plan at least 2 hours shopping time if you are the type to look at everything. Otherwise you could probably breeze through in an hour trying to catch things of interest to you.

Service: Friendly and helpful.

Return Rating: Definitely.

Picture inside Dan's Antique Mall

Toilet Paper Tuesday

Kassel’s Midway in Negaunee, MI in the Upper Peninsula gives you toilet paper or Kleenex with a $20 gas purchase on Toilet Paper Tuesday.

We were enjoying the beauty of winter in the Upper Peninsula, and diligently remembering to refuel the truck. This took effort on our part because the Nissan has a smaller gas tank than the F-250.  We didn’t want to repeat the “oops” we need gas moments of traveling last summer.  As we pulled into Kassel’s Midway gas station in Negaunee, MI, their marquee told us it was Toilet Paper Kassel's Midway gas station marquee, "Toilet Paper Tuesday Every Tuesday Gift Cards"Tuesday.  ???


While I took care of my necessary break, my husband fueled the truck and picked out a few snacks. He then took care of his bathroom break while I paid for the gas and snacks.  Thinking ahead that it would be nice to have something to put snack garbage in, I asked the clerk for a sack.  She obliged and then asked if I wanted toilet paper or Kleenex.  “Ah, that is what Toilet Paper Tuesday is” and I went on to pick toilet paper.  I figured you could wipe or blow with either product.  The clerk nicely informed me that with $20.00 in gas you get either toilet paper or Kleenex.  If you find yourself in the UP, be sure to stop at Kassel’s Midway – especially if it is on Toilet Paper Tuesday.

Picture of toilet paper package received with road in foreground through windshield.

Curiosity Caught

Sharing of a brief travel story about when my curiosity was caught by a gas station sign in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Traveling through the Upper Peninsula this past January, we stopped at a Holiday Gas station in Wetmore, MI. My curiosity was caught when reading the sign, “Bulk Propane and Liquor available.” I wondered what quantities the liquor came in and the cost. Hmmmm. As you guessed, I am a sign reader. However, since I wasn’t in need of bulk liquor, I didn’t get answers to my questions.  What a difference word placement makes!

Sign reads, "bulk propane and liquor available