Why would an Innkeeper and owner of a Bed and Breakfast in Allegan write a review for a restaurant in Fennville Michigan? Well, because we care about every aspect of our guest’s stay at our Inn and we want to share with them the best spots around for great local food! We know it really does reflect back on their visit with us if we helped them find a memorable dining experience while they were here. So, here’s some “food for thought” about a restaurant located about 20 minutes driving distance from our Inn and definately one of our favorites currently appearing on our Adventure Map.
Salt of the Earth describes themselves as “Rustic American Eatery” and we think the phrase fits them perfectly. Located on the south side of M-89 in the middle of a one block town, Fennville Michigan, it’s Americana at it’s best.
The atmosphere is welcoming and unpretentious with a huge bakery counter (featuring their signature bread and other tempting offerings) and a small coffee cafe right at the entrance. Throughout the restaurant space there’s warmly stained concrete floors and simply elegant wooden table tops. The adjacent side of the building is the Pub area with a small stage space for live music performers. The lighting throughout the space is soft and inviting. Every server has been both friendly and knowledgeable about their menu and although there is a great deal of expertise behind the scenes, the over-riding value seems to be on presenting simple, local food with extraordinary taste.
On our most recent visit we ordered the Salad for 4-5 and easily finished it with just 3 of us. And, let’s not forget the amazing bread with butter accompanied by their darling little salt and pepper dips.
We’ve tried almost everything on their menu from burgers to hanger steaks over several visits in the last 6 months, and we’ve never found an entree that we didn’t rave about and relish every bite. One of the highlight side dishes for me is the fried brussel sprouts but don’t worry if you are not a vegetable fan, there’s always lots of choices. For those of you who share your adventures in Foodie experiences with a less adventurous partner, you’ll be able to suggest a “safe” selection of their Stone Oven pizzas.
Over the next couple of weeks they’ll be hosting great events with local wineries and breweries so hop onto their web site to see if the scheduled dates will work for you, but even without a special event don’t miss the chance to experience your own Romantic Rambling out to the country at Salt of the Earth.
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