Eat Michigan: Everyday People

When we checked into our bed and breakfast, one of the first things our innkeeper asked was if we had plans for dinner.  Whoa whoa! But she wanted to provide some information on an amazing restaurant in the neighboring town of Douglas where we’d for-sure experience the best food around. She guaranteed we’d love it. After venturing around Saugatuck for the afternoon, we grew hungry and decided to head over to neighboring Douglas (literally a 3 minute car ride) to check out her recommendation of Everyday People Cafe.  Nestled in the main area of Douglas, and across the street for a cute little ballpark area, we arrived to brewing rain and dropping temperatures. We were able to find a perfect parking spot right on the street at the corner – and all parking is free (Dorothy, you are not in Chicago anymore!).

Walking into the restaurant, you enter right into the bar area with a long dark wood bar, and high top tables and chairs scattering the area. It’s dark, and trendy. We were greeted by a hostess who led us to our table in the dining area of the restaurant to the left of the main door. It looked like it used to be a 1950s diner but was transformed into a quaint little area with dark wood booths and white linen lined tables. When I went to the bathroom, I noticed there’s an even larger back area of the restaurant with a cozy fireplace, which you see when you visit their website. They also have a cute outdoor patio area in the back of the restaurant – so it’s a ton more bigger than it looks!

We were greeted by a friendly waiter who was very efficient in his knowledge of the menu and for a second I felt we were under-dressed for the place! It was dubbed as casual dining but it was definitely a little more “fancy” than we’re used to. We felt better when a girl walked in in flip-flops and sweatpants, after us. We weren’t the most tragic looking people in the place.

We skipped the appetizers because they gave us some warm delicious bread with oil to dip it in! But their menu looked amazing – they have a Farm Board with local meats and cheese which is perfect if paired with a glass of vino, as well as a Spanish tapas plate which had rave reviews when I checked in on Foursquare. When we got the entree portion of the menu, JP was torn between several dishes, as they all sounded pretty epic! She eventually settled on the beef tenderloin with “herb whipped Goat Cremery goat cheese, and the bessssst roasted garlic buttermilk and herb mashed potatoes with a demi-glace and steamed veggies. I had a bite of her mashed potatoes and they were drop-on-the-floor delicious!!

I skipped the menu altogether and went with the special for the day which was a pork tenderloin.  It was basically a “hot” but not-hot green chipotle sauce. The tenderloin was layed over a bed of risotto (yummmmy) and paired with a balsamic salad with a chipotle cream sauce on top. It was hands-down one of the best meals I ever had and you bet your life that I ate every single bite!

Pork tenderloin

Pork tenderloin

Although it was dubbed as a casual restaurant, we did find that if you decide to go – it’s best to dress on the “nicer” side of casual. Not that we were completely unfortunate when we walked in there, but a nice pair of khaki shorts and a nice top will help YOU not feel like you stand out amongst the other patrons. We heard that a bachelorette party was arriving a bit after we left, and with the back patio – I could completely see how it would make a great venue for a large party or celebration. The food is amazing…like AMAZEBALLS amazing … and it’s a bit on the pricey side (think: $14-$34 a plate) but you won’t leave hungry and you won’t feel jipped. Definitely try to visit there if you’re ever in the Douglas/Saugatuck, MI area. You will not be disappointed!


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