October 18, 1995
Pig Notes #2
The GG and Mrs. GG actually encountered "Gracie's"
on our way to another place. It is probably no secret, if you love fine food
(and lots of it), that one of the best restaurants in the Midwest is located
over in Chesaning, Michigan. Get off I75 at M57 and head west, you'll know
when you're there. It is a marvelous old town with great
"atmosphere." There are antique shops and craft stores all around,
and in the winter one of the GG's favorite activities is the
"luminary" festival, thousands of candles light the streets. Ah,
but enough about the charm of Chesaning, once you you get there you'll know
what I mean.
In no way hidden, but rather obvious, as you proceed through
the town, is the "Heritage House." This is a wondrous old mansion
redone to serve the eating needs of the hungry tourist or native. The
restaurant occupies two floors while the basement is devoted to a
Rathskellar type of eatery (at least an American concept of what a
Rathskellar is.) In the course of several years we have dined at the
Heritage House on many occasions, and not once been disappointed. The
closest this place has ever come to a "let down" was once, when
the restaurant was very busy, the coffee grew cold. The waitperson apologized
and quickly brewed up a fresh pot (and their coffee is very good by the
Ok, you say, "all well and good" but what about
the food? Well from fresh perch to standing rib, from chicken breast to
filet mignon the quality has been excellent. On Sundays they occasionally
have a three meat dinner (or lunch if you're early) that is chicken, ribs,
and roast beef--all very very good.
The desserts are more than ample, and quite good--but not
alas, superb. They are served in large portions but candidly the GG has had
better. This should not detract you however since the meals are of such
copious sizes that even the GG is hard pressed to find room for the sweets.
The veggies are always good, the breads and rolls are fresh
and hot, the mashed potatoes are "real" and not whipped or from a
box. The garlic toast is very good as well, and the ubiquitous (at least in
Michigan) "bar cheese" is also quite savorful.
This is probably the best buy for your buck south of Bay
City and never fails to please the senses. The atmosphere in the Heritage
House is a delight, always seasonal, and in all ways in good taste.
My recommendation is to rent a room over at the "Bonnie
Mill" B & B (which includes a dinner at the Heritage House) and
enjoy the total experience of visiting and dining in lovely little
Over all rating is eight and three quarters oinks, and a
the Galloping Glutton
@ Charles Grifor 1996,1997