While on vacation in the Midwest, we visited a small lakeside town in Michigan called Saugatuck– a village of quaint shops and restaurants. Per recommendation by my hosts- we decided to have lunch at The Butler– a Great Lakes institution since the late 1800’s.
It’s a rustic old building- once a three story hotel but in the 1960’s the hotel was closed and the top two floors were removed- leaving just the one story restaurant and bar.
I had to start with the clam chowder which was thick and buttery- very rich for an appetizer.
My hosts decided on a simple but classic hamburger. Though my boyfriend Chad and I rarely eat meat, I have to admit that this burger was cooked perfectly medium rare for me. It looked tasty and according to my hosts- it was.
Chad had the Grilled Salmon sandwich with a balsamic glaze. The fish was served on a Kaiser roll with lettuce and tomato. The salmon was plump and juicy while the bun and veggies were fresh.
Sweet potato fries was his choice as an accompaniment. Crispy and sweet- he enjoyed these as well.
I ordered the beer battered cod sandwich on a French roll with lettuce and tartar sauce. I am normally not a big fried fish person, but this sandwich was light and flaky though generic. Not too much different than the fried fish sandwiches you’d find at a fast food establishment- only less greasy.
The restaurant had a great view of the boats in the harbor, allowing one to overlook the dark and drabby seaside décor and old wooden tables inside. However, it was cozy and the food was tasty and fresh- worth a visit at least once. 3 1/2 out of 5 sprouts.