VEGETARIAN OPTIONS ON MACKINAC ISLAND + Special Dietary Restaurant Options

Mackinac Island is known for many reasons; history, horses, bicycles, stunning views. That feeling you get when you step ashore and away from the chaos of the mainland.

Another (literal) treat on Mackinac Island is the variety of dining options on Mackinac Island.

From freshly caught whitefish to bold flavors of the Caribbean, elaborate indoor dining spaces to peaceful waterfront dining, Mackinac Island has flavors to suit every palette.

Traveling with special dietary needs takes extra planning and this blog post is aimed to highlight some favorite dishes as well as provide tips for traveling to Mackinac Island while eating vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and allergen-free foods.

Reminder, there is always a possibility of cross-contamination with allergies in foods. Please talk to your server regarding the preparation procedure and ingredients.

Doud’s Market on Mackinac Island stocks a wide variety of food and cooking items for special dietary needs.

Tips for traveling to Mackinac Island with Special Dietary Needs

  • Not only is Doud’s Market on Mackinac Island the oldest family-owned grocery store in the US, but it also has a wide variety of food and cooking materials. They have everyday grocery items to make your food as well as a robust deli and bakery with grab-and-go options.



  • Many restaurants can accommodate vegetarian dishes by requesting no meat. Below, you will find a list of highlighted dishes on Mackinac Island.


  • Vegetarian and gluten-free foods are the two most popular special dietary dishes restaurants offer. If you don’t see a restaurant listed below, be sure to ask your server for vegetarian and gluten-free options.


  • Vegan and allergen-free dishes can be requested and your server will provide details about how the dishes are prepared as well as ingredients.


Featured Dishes for Special Dietary Needs on Mackinac Island

Vegetarian: Falafel Rice Bowl at Winchester’s

Saffron or Brown Rice with Quinoa, Falafel, Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, and Lemon Tahini

Dining options on Mackinac Island include a variety of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and allergen-free foods.

Vegetarian: Portobello Stack at Seabiscuit Café

Balsamic Marinated and Grilled Portobello Cap with Roasted Red Peppers, Zucchini, Red Onion, Tomato, Basil Aioli, and Provolone Cheese on Herb Focaccia

The vegetarian Portobello Stack at Seabiscuit Café on Mackinac Island

Vegetarian: Build Your Own Burritos, Burrito Bowls, Tacos, and Quesadillas at Amigo Burrito

Choose your entrée, followed by proteins, toppings, and salsa for a delicious and filling meal

Vegetarian: Five Grain Power Wrap at Watercolor Cafe

Five grain medley (wheat berries, wild rice, barley, red and white quinoa), spinach, goat cheese, red onion, sliced grapes, house honey dijon vinaigrette, flour wrap

The vegetarian Five Grain Power Wrap at Watercolor Café on Mackinac Island

Vegetarian: St. Mary’s Black Bean Burger at Kingston Kitchen

Zesty black bean burger topped with Jamaican Slaw, poor man’s ackee, and provolone cheese

The vegetarian St. Mary’s Black Bean Burger at Kingston Kitchen on Mackinac Island

Let’s Talk Mackinac Island Fudge! (And Ice Cream)

Good Day Café

  • Sorbet (dairy free)

Kilwins Chocolate and Fudge Shop

  • Sorbettos (dairy free)

May’s Candy Shop

  • All fudge flavors are gluten free

Ryba’s Fudge Shops

  • All fudge flavors are gluten free except for Oreo

Sanders on Mackinac

  • Dairy Free Fudge available
  • Sorbet (dairy free)

Sadie’s Ice Cream

  • Veg-o-licious Black Cherry Ice Cream (Vegan)
  • Veg-o-licious Butter Pecan Ice Cream (Vegan)
  • Orange Sherbet (gluten free)

There are vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free ice cream options on Mackinac Island for visitors with special dietary needs.

A guide to vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food options on Mackinac Island


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