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“Very good, if you're not hungry after 10pm”

The Garage Bar and Grill
Ranked #3 of 13 Restaurants in Northport
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Good for: Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: It's new this summer. Owner used to own The Eat Spot in the same city. They are on Facebook.
Waterford, Michigan
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very good, if you're not hungry after 10pm”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

I've been to the Garage several times in my visits to Northport. I highly recommend the pesto pasta and the veggie burger. The house chardonnay is Australian, but they have a fair selection of local wines as well as a full bar with some artisan beers, too. The prices are on par with tourist prices -- a little high, but not outrageous like in Suttons Bay. Weather permitting, the giant garage doors are opened and it gives you a nice, resort feel -- albeit a very simple "garage resort". On occasion they have bands playing outside, which is really fun. My only gripe is that you can't get so much as a chip after 10 pm -- even on a Friday night -- which is exactly what happened to us last year. We came up from downstate, unloaded our gear and headed out for a drink and a bite to eat. The place was hopping, but we had to go down to the casino. Couldn't even get some chips and salsa -- not even a crust of bread. They were open until 2am, but when the kitchen closes it closes. No exceptions. Not even for a party of 4 who are willing to tip very, very well. They may have changed this since last year, and it won't stop me from going there again. It was just annoying.

  • Visited September 2012
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Grand Rapids, MI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Great food, fun ambiance”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

We visit the Garage several times a summer while we are docked in the Marina. We have never had a bad meal. While the pulled pork sandwich is great, my favorite is the Tandoori chicken salad. It is a meal sized salad that has romaine lettuce, chicken, raisins, cashews and a yogurt curry dressing that is the best thing about this salad. It has plain yogurt, honey, chutney and just enough curry. I order this almost everytime we go there. The ribs are also good as are the burger, blt and chicken fingers. You won't be disappointed here.

  • Visited July 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good Food!”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

Stopped here for lunch one day on a visit to Northport. Great menu and atmosphere. Me and my husband both tried the Pork Sandwich. I got the small portion and my husband the large. Very tasty!
Enjoyed!

  • Visited July 2013
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mid-Michigan
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72 reviews
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“Great Food, Fun Atmosphere”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

We took our extended family -- two sets of kids and spouses, plus a grandchild -- here on a recent trip to the Leelanau Peninsula, and we were very pleased with the food and service. The Garage is located in a fun, funky little building with varnished plywood walls and a genuine garage door opening out onto a patio with extra seating available. (Dogs welcome here, if you travel with your pooch.) We shared lots of menu items around our table; the pulled pork, barbecued chicken and house-special local whitefish (delicious, buttery broiled whitefish on a bed of bacon and Brussels sprouts) were all outstanding. I also really enjoyed the sauteed whole green beans that came with my barbecued chicken; it's not often that I can recommend vegetables in bar dishes, but these were cooked just right. The barbecued items are house-smoked out back -- they also smoke turkey -- good stuff. The only less-than-excellent thing about The Garage is the relative lack of regional beers; it would be nice to enjoy some of those with our meals. Altogether, a great experience, and our family all loved it.

  • Visited July 2013
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Northport, Michigan
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8 reviews
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“Great Barbecue”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Pork Barbecue is very good!
Black Bean sandwich is also good. Simple and Good!
This place is a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of Leelanau County.

  • Visited June 2013
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