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“Continued family favorite”

The Stray Dog Bar & Grill
Ranked #1 of 48 Restaurants in New Buffalo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 17, 2014

We recently returned to The Stray Dog for the first time since the 2012 fire and it was even more charming and inviting than our last visit. It's such a quintessential beach restaurant; can't imagine a more perfect setting and the decor has really been improved upon - it's wonderful! We arrived on a Sunday evening around 5:30 and there were so many people waiting, we were shocked since it was just a Sunday night. We were told it would be at least an hour wait, but they text you when the table is ready, which enables you to walk around cute New Buffalo if you want while you wait. My husband and brother-in-law elected for drinks in the rooftop bar area while my sister and I walked around with the children. The rooftop goers definitely had the better time ;) as they said the service was friendly and the cold beers were great in a lively fun setting. As for our dinner itself, it's as I remembered... the food is good, nothing wrong with it, but really nothing really special. We all agreed that the main reason we like this place so much is really the atmosphere. One thing to note, is be prepared for a very loud time, especially on a busy night.... the noise really echoes inside the building, much louder than any other place we've been, but that's to be expected and it doesn't deter from my positive feelings about this charming place.

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Reviewed July 15, 2014

We've been running the I-94 corridor from Detroit to Chicago for many years, always seeing the sign for The Stray Dog/Exit 1 (New Buffalo MI) but dismissing it as some probably some type of a run-down tourist trap. We finally gave in this time after fighting heavy traffic out of Chicago and needing a break. Boy, were we surprised and delighted! Great location, open and lively atmosphere, good bar food (apps, salads, sandwiches, burgers, BBQ and pizza -- no real entrees) and a well-stocked bar. My wife an I chose to dine indoors due to threatening weather, but they also have a nice open rooftop dining area with a water few (elevator makes it accessible for wheelchairs. We aren't normally "wait 20 minutes for a table" kind've people, but we sucked it up and waited it out and it was worth it. Where has this place been all of my life?

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Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

With family in northern Indiana southern Michigan on vacation. Stopped in after shopping in New Buffalo and wow, it's worth your time and money. A neat building, great service, and outstanding food. The portions are large enough there was no need to get an appetizer! We'll be back if we make it back to New Buffalo!

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Reviewed July 14, 2014

The Stray Dog roof top deck offers great views and delicious food. The fish tacos were huge and very tasty, and the Reuben Sandwich was one of the best I have had! The Bloody Mary's were a great way to start the day and all of this was served by our very knowledgable server. Five stars for a casual and yummy dining experience with a great view!

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Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is our second time eating here since the fire and the food/ atmosphere is still wonderful. A great place for families with children. Don't go if you want peace and quiet! You leave a cell number and they text you when your table is ready. It also tells you how many parties are ahead of you, very helpful!

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