My husband and I decided we needed a romantic evening out. We had never been to the Old Channel Inn before but so enjoyed the drive there. The views of the water, the copious deer visible in the woods as we drove in, and the winding route made us feel like we were headed back in time. Although there is still unusual snow for April in Michigan which kept us from being able to enjoy a walk down to Lake Michigan, we could see that in warmer weather, our trip to this restaurant will also include a romantic walk in the sugar sand of Lake Michigan. We entered OCI (Old Channel Inn) and immediately connected with the historic vibe. It was like walking into a cottage with informal tables, old books, knick -knacks, and pictures showing the history of this place. I was delighted with the unexpected fresh tulips on each table and the soft glow of candle light. The new owners were immediately attentive to our entrance and made us feel as though they’d been waiting all day for our arrival. But, this warm welcome was nothing compared to the unbelievable food! I had the London Broil, which is one of the most memorable meals I have had. Tender, succulent slices of marinated beef with a lovely brown gravy packed with flavor. My husband immediately fell in love with the immaculately maintained and well-stocked salad bar (only available on Friday and Saturday we were informed). He had the shrimp and steak and was impressed with the quality and value for the price. Our server was very knowledgeable and clearly had great emotional investment in this establishment. I had some lovely Chardonnay and I was told their wine selection will be increasing very soon. We finished with the most amazing bread pudding I’ve ever had. It was the perfect blend of warm, flavorful goodness with a contrasting blast of cold ice cream...I was transported back to simpler times when connecting with others was more important than anything else. We will definitely be back!!
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