We were camping in Ludington, and decided to take a nice drive, since it was so hot out. Thru the back roads we went, exploring new parks, beaches, checking out some beautiful Lake Michigan vistas, driving ever so slowly and there was Bortell's. We saw the line up-way out the door. We saw the crowd of cars not finding a parking spot and circling. We saw the 5 picnic tables out on the lawn-5-that is all. We saw the chemical toilet they provide. We saw the "not the best kept" lawn. And wondered about it as we drove into Pentwater. We drove back to Ludington the same way, fully intending to cook on the grill back at the campground. And there was Bortell's again, with another long line, all 5 picnic tables full, cars parked willy nilly. We drove past and then looked at each other and smiled and turned around. Sometimes-just our kind of place.
Found a spot to park-good luck with that-along the road only-maybe 4 cars can fit in the parking lot. It is hot in there, as you enter the building to order. You can get all kinds of fish-smoked or fried. Many order fish to cook on their own. Most order and take their prepared meals with them. Some keep walking around the picnic tables seeing if anyone is prepping to leave (this would be me. ) LOL. We ordered the whitefish and perch dinners-comes with fries and coleslaw. Fries were excellent, coleslaw not so much. Fish-perch was excellent, truly. Whitefish-well-not bad-not a lot of taste to it. Thus, the 4 rating.
People friendly. Yep, just that chemical toilet. Grass needed cutting and some flowers would be nice. Someone got sick of me stalking their table I guess and finally got up and left. LOL. We stayed past closing at 8. It was a beautiful night, and you can bring your own "adult drinks" to the table if you so choose. I had a nice little view down a driveway of Lake MI. The colors of the setting sun were just beginning.
Prices a bit high-$10 for my meal (whitefish) and $13 for the DH (perch). But hey, we were on vacation-or camping-and it beat having to grill our own food.
I am very glad I know about this place now. We will be back, except I'll get the perch next time. :)
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