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The Painted Lady Saloon Manistee, Michigan

26 Apr
The Painted Lady Saloon Manistee, Michigan

Painted Lady Saloon 011We’ve discovered a not-so-secret place to eat that’s got good food.  Food that evokes  fond memories and the good feeling of real home cooking.

The Painted Lady is an historic site according to some.  The interior is comfortingly up North – plenty of good trophy mounts throughout including some amazing fish.  It’s a refreshing change from a wall full of flat screens, and yet they still have enough of them to allow the real fans a good eye-full from pretty much everywhere in the place.  Cool!

Painted Lady Saloon 002The real reason we ventured this far off the beaten path of US31 and M55 was the positive feedback we’d read on Trip Advisor.  Apparently The Painted Lady is known for a few tasty dishes, so I had to go for the Broasted Chickens.  I am so glad I did.  True to many reviewer’s accounts, this is some seriously fine dining, old school food.  There’s nothing pretentious here.  The service is amazing.  It’s so refreshing to be treated well as a new customer.  Painted Lady Saloon 005

 

The Painted Lady has an amazingly eclectic feel to it…purple and laid back from the exterior, then you walk in the door and step back into the late 19th century with a modern twist.  It’s really cool once you get to sit down and look around.  The people who work there seemed to be genuinely happy to be there..TGIFridays could take a lesson or two from these walls. I was fortunate enough to get the dreaded “Squirrel Above The Head” table*.*… I liked the squirrel.  And the boar.  And that insanely huge Steelhead…take a moment to soak in the views. Up, sideways, down, over there.  It’s a fun place to just look around.

It’s worth your attention.  It’s one of those places that will take you back…back to a place you’ve either heard about or possibly remember.  Either way, it’s worth the trip.

 

Old Fashioned Food.  That’s what I’d call it.  What I remember my Grandma making or serving in a good way,
and I’m 54 winters this year.  She made really amazing food, so for me to make the comparison is huge.  Your Grandma made amazing food too, didn’t she?  Try the Painted Lady for some tasty chow…I hope you have an amazing experience like I did!Painted Lady Saloon 008

Mrs. Snausy got the Chicken Fried Steak…she seemed pretty pleased.  She did enjoy a bite off my plate and agreed it was some mighty fine chickens!Painted Lady Saloon 003

**This squirrel was mentioned in a negative comment on a not to be mentioned review site.

For the record….I like the squirrel on the wall.

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