Good Harbor Grill is a cute little cafe in Glen Arbor, Michigan. Only open seasonally, from May to October, this restaurant was our first stop for lunch during our Michigan vacation last September. The Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Memorial Day to Labor Day. In the fall they serve breakfast and lunch before closing up shop for winter after the third weekend in October.
The idea for Good Harbor Grill came from the owners’ (Brendan Burrows and Ann Derrick) sail boating trip in the Caribbean. While sailing in the tropics they thought about what would be the perfect restaurant to find in the next harbor. They also thought about what they could do if they moved to their cottage in Northern Michigan. They ended up creating their perfect restaurant in Glen Arbor focused on summertime foods with fresh and local ingredients and flavors from around the world.
Brendan and Ann’s love of the water and sailing are evident before you step into the Grill. The outside of the restaurant is painted a deep ocean blue. Inside the decor is reminiscent of the cabin in a boat. Wood planked walls are adorned with paintings of sea scenes and nautical maps. Models of boats, taxidermied fish, and other flotsam and jetsom complete the look.
We stopped for lunch at Good Harbor Grill after our morning kayaking trip down the Crystal River. This was my parents’ second stop at Good Harbor Grill. My mom was really excited to eat at the Grill on previous Michigan vacations she and my dad took, but their schedule never lined up with the Grill’s schedule.
My parents both ordered the veggie Greek wrap and Greek salad. One of the reasons my mom likes this restaurant so much is that they have tasty vegetarian offerings: for instance, the soups are all homemade and one option is always meat-free.
The wraps looked amazing! The veggie Greek wrap is a vegetarian version of the Grill’s beefy Greek wrap. Large falafel patties replace slow cooked beef and are folded into a pita with sliced cucumber, tomato, and a cucumber-dill sauce. The wraps were nicely complimented by their accompanying Greek salads.
Another reason my mom was excited to come back to the Grill was that she knew they had gluten-free bread options for me. I ordered a grilled salmon sandwich, which came on delicious gluten-free bread. If you can easily eat gluten and other wheat-filled delights, you might not pay that much attention to the bread holding your sandwich, but trust me, good bread makes a good sandwich and good gluten-free bread can be hard to come by, especially in restaurants. This bread was awesome and definitely strong enough to hold my massive wild Alaska salmon, topped with tomato, lettuce, and red onion.
In addition to my salmon sandwich, I also enjoyed some coffee at the Grill. They have their own blend of fair trade, organic coffee roasted by Higher Grounds Trading Company in nearby Traverse City. Everything was delicious!
Kenneth, who eats meat and wheat (and therefore never has a hard time finding food he can eat in a restaurant ), went with the Maryland crabcake sandwich. Served on a toasted wheat bun, the house made crabcake is lightly sautéed and topped with lettuce, tomato, and a spicy caper remoulade sauce. It looks as delicious as he says it was!
For dessert, Kenneth and I shared a gluten-free brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and whipped cream. And by share, I mean I let him eat a little bite of the brownie and one of the dollops of whipped cream. If I could get away with it nutritionally, I’d only eat dessert.
My parents split a peach blueberry pie topped with whipped cream. I think our dessert came out first so I was too busy snarling at Kenneth over my brownie to photograph the delicious pie.
Good Harbor Grill is a great spot for lunch in Glen Arbor. The next time we visit Michigan I will insist we stop in for breakfast and dinner so I can make a fully informed recommendation… but I’m assuming it’s an awesome spot, no matter what meal you’re stopping in for.
Good Harbor Grill – Glen Arbor
Address: 6584 Western Ave, Glen Arbor, Michigan 49636
Phone Number: 231-334-3555
Hours: Summer hours (starting in May) : Monday – Sunday 8am – 9:30pm. Fall hours: Monday – Sunday 8am – 3pm, open through the third weekend in October.