Michigan-themed food to try on Mackinac Island

You don’t have to look very far to find world-famous Mackinac Island fudge when you visit Michigan’s Mackinac Island. With more than a dozen fudge shops, the sugary treat is everywhere! And for many Mackinac Island visitors, sampling the many decadent flavors of fudge is a highlight of their trip.

Yet, the popular delicacy is just one aspect of the food scene on Mackinac Island – and just one of many Michigan-made items for your mouth to savor during a visit. The USA’s Best Summer Travel Destination features a diverse dining selection that caters to a variety of tastes, from a casual burger and beer at a downtown pub to a relaxing lunch on a waterfront patio to a delicious dinner in a four-star restaurant.

You can find a listing of Mackinac Island restaurants here and get links to menus. For Michigan-specific food and beverages, let this blog guide get you started on a culinary adventure of Mackinac Island.

World-famous Mackinac Island fudge is a Michigan-made delicacy with countless delicious flavors to sample during a visit.

6 Michigan-Made Foods to Try on Mackinac Island

  • When you’re on Mackinac Island, of course you’ll want to taste Mackinac Island Fudge ice cream, too. It’s almost as delicious as Mackinac Island fudge itself! You can find Mackinac Island Fudge and two dozen other flavors of Michigan-made Guernsey Ice Cream at Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor on the grounds of Grand Hotel. Many of the downtown fudge shops also serve ice cream, so you can chase your Mackinac Island fudge with a cone or bowl of Mackinac Island Fudge! Fun fact: Sadie’s Ice Cream Parlor on Mackinac Island is named after a world champion show dog with ties to Mackinac Island!


  • Michigan ranks No. 1 in the United States in the production of pickling cucumbers. Whether you prefer to take the pickle off your hamburger or not, you’re sure to enjoy the iconic fried pickles at Mackinac Island’s Cannonball Oasis, located about halfway around the island from downtown at British Landing. The fried pickles come breaded and served with ranch dressing for dipping, which makes for a tasty snack on a bike ride around Mackinac Island.

Fried pickles from the Cannonball Drive Inn are a popular Michigan-made food enjoyed by many Mackinac Island visitors.

  • Technically, Mackinac Island is part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where the locals concoct a wide variety of mouthwatering pasties. The hearty dish is perhaps best represented on Mackinac Island at Millie’s on Main, which makes a Yooper Beef Pasty with ground beef, pork, potatoes, carrots, onion and rutabaga – all wrapped in a pastry. Tastes great and it’s filling, too!


Whitefish dip is an appetizer you can find at many Mackinac Island restaurants including Round Island Bar at Mission Point.


Of course, after a day or night of eating and drinking delicious Michigan-made food and beverages on Mackinac Island, you’ll need a place to stay. Just as you can find distinctive Michigan foods on Mackinac Island, you can find unique hotels, resorts, B&Bs, cottages and condos on Mackinac Island, all with modern amenities and historic charm.


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