Last week my boyfriend and I ended up staying in Ludington for a days on our way to Mackinaw. We stayed at a great bed and breakfast where they recommended the Blu Moon as the area's best. Needless to say, they were dead on, in fact we ate there two of the three nights we were in town. The place is eclectic and all over the place, especially the way too many items menu, took us ten minutes just to read the three menus, but this negative quickly fades when the rest of the experience hits. We sat at the bar and Tom the bartender comforted us in tons of personality and original cocktails. He guided us through the mess of their enormous menu and pinpointed the food that makes the Blu Moon special. My cutie pie boyfriend had the pot roast and I went with the tuna tartare. The pot roast was as simple and as perfect as one would expect while the tuna tartare was to die for! This is big city flavors in a small coastal town. We finished up with the recommended owner's recipe carrot cake and were simply blown away! We were told they run out of it frequently due to it's popularity, good sign.
The second night was two days later after a miserable dinner at another local "nice" restaurant. Once again we sat at the bar and focused on small plates and drinks. Duck carpaccio, sushi, and shrimp and grits. My god, delicious. We let Tom create drinks for us throughout the night and we ended up having one of the best times at a restaurant bar we have ever had. Even tried a one of a kind homemade bacon vodka cocktail. Stunning.
I can see where others, especially the stuffy rich locals that seemed to be swarming Ludington when we were there, not liking this place for it's eccentricity, but as a hipper younger couple with big city tastes we absolutely adored the Blu Moon. Next time we will be trying their roof top and their front sidewalk cafe, which was being built and wasn't open when we were there. Bravo Blu Moon, bravo.