Gaylord Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Gaylord

April 14, 2018 Elouise Mccaul

Gaylord is a city in and the county seat of Otsego County, Michigan, United States. The population was 3,645 at the 2010 census. The city is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord, the smallest settlement by far serving as the location of an active Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States.
Things to do in Gaylord

1. Alpine Chocolate Haus

208 W Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735-1347 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible +1 855-732-1077
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 121 reviews

Alpine Chocolate Haus

Reviewed By z3r0h3r0

If you are visiting downtown Gaylord, Alpine Chocolate Haus is a must stop! They have so many delicious goodies. Ice cream, popcorn, fudge, chocolates of all kinds and some rather unique treats.

I definitely recommend picking up some chocolate covered potato chips.

They had a nice selection of sugar free chocolates as well!

2. Bennethum's Northern Inn

3917 Old US Highway 27 S, Gaylord, MI 49735-8438 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 52 +1 989-732-9288
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 315 reviews

Bennethum's Northern Inn

Reviewed By Tres K

8 of us went for dinner and the staff was superb helping us celebrate our mother's birthday.

Everyone's dinner selection we're generous in size and nicely presented. The schnitzel and pretzel encrusted brook trout were both excellent. Three of us had the oak plank whitefish, the first few bites were great but the plank was so hot the fish continued to cook and was very dry and well done if you didn't eat fast. The salmon and havarti baked shrimp received rave reviews.

Excellent value in a nice Northern Michigan setting.

3. Cops & Doughnuts - Jay's Precinct

1151 S Otsego Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735-1789 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American Breakfast +1 989-705-1339
Excellent
52%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Cops & Doughnuts - Jay's Precinct

Enjoy the World Famous Cops & Doughnuts bakery treats 7 days a week. Located in Jay's Sporting Goods - Gaylord, Michigan

Reviewed By Chuck C - Waterford, Michigan, United States

Yes, that's exactly what we did. We had been on the expressway for a while and though a short detour to Cops & Doughnuts is exactly what was needed. So, we got off at the South exit into Gaylord, headed a couple miles north until we saw Jay's and at the north end of that building is Cops & Doughnuts. There is plenty of close parking, there are all sorts of doughnuts, cookies, good coffee AND T-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. After we had our bag of goodies I drove north into town and rejoined the NB I-75. It was a great break, we walked around a bit and will probably do this again...very soon. Do yourself and your family a favor and take a break. You can even sit down inside to enjoy your favorite sweet treats!

4. Bearded Dogg Lounge

302 S Otsego Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735-1715 Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards American, Pub, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 17 - SGD 55 +1 989-619-0298
Excellent
61%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 266 reviews

Bearded Dogg Lounge

We are a family owned, fine casual restaurant with a full bar. We have a unique menu, 90% of our food is made in house and is prepared behind an open kitchen. We are connected to The Old Spud Warehouse.

Reviewed By auryan - Marquette, Michigan

I love that they have a smaller menu, with excellent choices. Everything I have had here has been amazing. The decor in the building is so fun and adds to the experience.

5. Alpine Tavern and Eatery

220 S Otsego Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735-2723 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 24 +1 989-732-5444
Excellent
40%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 313 reviews

Alpine Tavern and Eatery

Our family has over 50 years of experience providing excellent service in restaurants and catering events. We invite you to bring your family and meet your friends for award winning chili, gourmet pizzas, burgers stuffed any way you'd like, hand cut fries, slow roasted brisket, fresh healthy salads and much more. Or invite them to your home and we will do the cooking for you. Try one of our Chef's daily specials. We even have Gluten free items! Our kids menu is very friendly and comes with Scooby Snacks! Everything is house made and we are committed to serving Michigan-made products whenever possible. For refreshments we offer a vast selection of craft beers on tap and in the bottle, wines, spirits, specialty cocktails and hot chocolate/coffee drinks. Our soft drinks include fresh brewed ice tea and Northwoods Soda which is based right here in Northern Michigan. There is something for everyone. Come to Alpine Tavern for our fabulous food, drinks and service. Stay to watch all of the big games on any of our many tv's or pick up something on the go to take home for those you love. This winter ride the snowmobile trails right to our doors and enjoy. After a long day on our local slopes let us warm your bellies with great food and drinks. The atmosphere here is fun and friendly, we know you'll have a great time- and hope you'll feel like part of the family soon! We'll see ya here!

Reviewed By Paul J

Had the opportunity to eat here the past weekend. The place was crowded, however service was still prompt.

There was a person playing guitar and singing for entertainment. So, the noise level was quite high.

I order the "hand cut" steak at the recommendation of the waitress. Ordered it medium rare, but was delivered medium. I guess "hand cut" should not be confused with tender. The steak was very chewy. I had to use an ample amount of A1 steak sauce to make it palatable.

My daughter had the fish tacos, which she said were quite good.

6. Gobblers of Gaylord

900 S Otsego Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735-7712 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 989-732-9005
Excellent
51%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 368 reviews

Gobblers of Gaylord

Reviewed By Jean R - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Nice place with friendly servce. Turkey is the speciality and very good. Even had home made cookies to buy for take home. I wished they still served breakfast.

7. Diana's Delights

138 W Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735-1346 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Excellent
57%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 188 reviews

Diana's Delights

They have recently moved from the other side of the street to this very nice location serving the best in quality and at a very resonable price. Recently added beer, wine and mixed drinks to the fair and serves the best breakfast and lunch in Michigan.

Reviewed By Saugatuckian - Saugatuck MI

Another diner that gets by with whatever fell out of the Gordon's Food truck. I ordered black tea and got black tea with mint. I used my own tea bag. We were seated at a clean table with dirty placemats and the waitress didn't change them. Service was very very slow.

8. BJ's Restaurant

990 N Center Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735 Television, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Outdoor Seating Italian, American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks SGD 9 - SGD 24 +1 989-732-4010
Excellent
64%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

BJ's Restaurant

Reviewed By BigDMI - Algonac, Michigan

We stopped in for a late lunch after shopping fro appliances. They have a pretty nice menu selection like soups, salads, hamburgers, sandwiches, BBQ, and dinner features, like perch and ribs. A long list of craft beers. Took awhile for our group to pick something. One had the grouper sandwich which came with great potato chips. We also had an order of the chicken fettuccini alfredo, quesadillas, BBQ baby back ribs, and a rib eye steak. The rib eye wasn't that great, baked potato was under cooked, ribs didn't have enough BBQ souse to permeate through he meat. The buffet didn't look that good, salad bar was inviting, and the green beans were very good. Grouper sandwich was tasty. Portions were very ample.

9. El Rancho Authentic Mexican Restaurant

1241 W Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735-7407 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 989-732-0307
Excellent
51%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 133 reviews

El Rancho Authentic Mexican Restaurant

Opened A Few Months Ago

Reviewed By KarenM1_10 - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

We stopped in Gaylord for the night on the way up north and were looking for a good restaurant in the area. Trip Advisor reviews did not let me down. The food and frozen margarita was excellent and very reasonably priced. Service was fast and friendly. We had the burrito and enchiladas. Since the portions were large, we had to skip on the desserts. We will definitely return.

10. Phat Pita

400 W Main St, Gaylord, MI 49735-1876 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 989-448-8175
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 26 reviews

Phat Pita

Reviewed By Tom N

We ate lunch at Phat Pita and we both really loved their lentil soup which was vegetarian. I had the curried chicken schwarma, that had just enough curry to make it really interesting and delicious (although I would have liked a bit more curry). The prices were quite reasonable and the service was good, even though we stopped during their lunch hour. This was our second time eating at this restaurant and we will return.

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