Yes, it is overpriced for the food, though the food is not bad at all. But you are paying for the place and the ambience as well.
A vast room opening onto the famous porch of the famed Grand Hotel, you are served by an old fashioned starched-jacket staff on tables with abundant classic silverware and linen napkins. The food is abundant, but as it is a buffet the quality depends on what you are eating. Hot dishes in trays are not as good as cold things on platters or hand carved meats. I ate nothing but raw oysters, cold shrimp and smoked fish, which were very good for being so far from the ocean. A fish terrine was lovely. The marinated vegetables were very good alongside. The croissant was merely average. Desserts were ample, but the cherry cobbler - being on a hot tray, was disappointingly gummy in texture. The small pastries were better, notably the lemon curd filled pastry puffs. But the best part was looking out the enormous windows onto the straits of Mackinac, a scene unavailable anywhere else. Would I do it again? No. Am I glad I did it once? Yes. The price includes a sit in the famous rockers on the front porch. Do not omit it.
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