Shay’s Chop House in Onekama, MI!

29 Aug

We’d seen the billboard for Shay’s Chop House many times heading north on US 31 just before the M-22 turn-off.  We kept saying “I’ll bet they have some good food.”  Well, curiosity finally got the best of us after actually driving by this inauspicious-looking location several times.  We finally stopped in and took my Dad out for lunch there a few weeks back and really enjoyed the food.  All our meals seemed to have that little extra “something” – so we went back this weekend to see if it was just a fluke…and were again pleasantly surprised with the awesome food and excellent service.

The first time we stopped in we were greeted and seated by the owner’s son, Dylan – very enthusiastic and very efficient, too! (So efficient that my father gave him a tip before we left, which was very much appreciated by Dylan!)

We sampled their ribs, Shay’s cheesesteak sandwich and Michigan Cherry burger the first time – all excellent.  Portion sizes are generous and the pricing is very fair – we felt like we got a great value.  Chef Rick obviously has a passion for what they’re doing here at Shay’s – the flavors are many and varied, paired exquisitely and presented beautifully.

On our second visit, the Shay’s cheesesteak was again the choice – Mrs. Snausy commented that once she gets something and loves it, it’s hard to try something else.   Mrs. Snausy upgraded to the Chop House fries, which appear to be hand-cut and were especially scrumptious!!

Fortunately my father spotted the Cheese Pate on the specials menu, and hoping to bring back memories of Win Schuler’s famous Bar Cheese, ordered us a portion as an appetizer.  This is obviously Chef Rick’s take on this classic, and we all agreed it was perfectly prepared and devoured it in minutes flat.Served with warmed pita chips, this is a “must try” if it’s on the menu when you visit.

I had one of the $5 lunch specials – Rustic Chicken Noodle Soup with a salad.  The soup was delicious – home made and deep with flavor.  Not sure what Chef Rick does to get this stock so rich, but I’d drive up there again just for this soup!  The salad was a wonderful mixture of greens, shaved carrots, cherry tomato and cucumber, with a blue cheese dressing that had that perfect tang.

On our first visit we tried the home made key lime pie, made by Chef Rick’s wife, Aloha.  All I can say is it was the best key lime pie I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a few slices in my time.

One last comment – our server was the only server working when we visited this past Saturday – and she did an incredible job!  Also, Chef Rick was out on the dining room floor, making sure that guests were being taken care of.  The service at Shay’s has been perfect so far…keep up the great work!

We’re looking forward to our next stop at Shay’s Chop House, hopefully to try out some of Chef Rick’s dinner entrees.  If they’re as good as the lunch offerings, we’re sure of culinary bliss!

Check them out online at
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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Restaurant Reviews!


4 responses to “Shay’s Chop House in Onekama, MI!

  1. jenny

    September 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Nice Article. It is a lovely place and I recommend it to anyone who is up in the area!

  2. chefsnausy

    September 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks for the kind words, Jenny!

  3. Carol Lyons

    February 7, 2016 at 2:52 am

    We had dinner there this evening. The service was ok. However, three of us has steak and all three of us said it was barely luke warm. We said it was the worst meal we’ve had in Michigan. For the price, we expected better. We will not go back.

    • chefsnausy

      February 9, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      We haven’t been there for a couple of years – sorry you had a bad experience there. I certainly hope you complained to the management when you were there so they can correct the issues in the future!


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