Boone’s Long Lake Inn
7208 Secor Rd. Traverse City, MI
Why We RecommendWhen you think BIG, it’s easy to think of Boone’s. The dining room is big, the trees that canopy the deck are huge, and the food portions (you guessed it) are legendary. Founded in 1949, near the original sawmill used by loggers who helped establish this area in the Big Woods of the North, this restaurant is reminiscent of the old supper club era, where appetites were king. Here, servers deliver meals that are truly feasts and come with bread; soup, salad or slaw; and a choice of potato or greens. You won’t leave hungry or disappointed. Your belt, however, may need an adjustment.
Plenty of parking and tables mean there is often no waiting to be seated at this popular spot. Inside, you’ll find rustic dining rooms with pine-paneled walls, perfect for the casual Northern Michigan crowd. Rest assured that the space can easily accommodate large groups and families. What people really come for is the epic steaks, namely the tender prime rib and the seasoned ribeye. Half the fun is knowing you’ll have delicious leftovers to eat at home the next day. The wine menu offers countless red options—spanning from California to Australia—to go with those savory steaks. Or if you’re longing for a white wine in this region known for its Riesling, enjoy a glass of Black Star Farms Arcturos, a favorite among local vinophiles. Pair it with the bacon wrapped pork loin dinner, or one of the popular seafood dinners. Nightly specials mean you can feast on unlimited shrimp one evening, and a rack of ribs fit for Fred Flintstone the next. The flavors are reliably great—with homemade touches like fresh horseradish and house-made ranch dressing. It’s no wonder why Boone’s remains an institution in the area. As the saying goes, go big or go home.