At Sweet Water Café you can get a little of everything. The from-scratch bakery, bar, and cafe celebrates "multicultural cuisine," meaning its menu is inspired by various world cuisines, though it makes no claims to be "authentically" this-or-that. There are "old-fashioned favorites" and more unique contemporary dishes, from a "jazzed" Caesar salad to a quinoa spinach salad, beef bourguignon to sweet potato enchiladas. It serves several preparations of Lake Superior whitefish caught fresh by Thill's Fish House, located right on the Marquette Bay of Lake Superior, just a few blocks from the restaurant. It also has a small but very well-chosen selection of wines, craft beers, and cocktails.
A Finnish bakery through and through, Suomi serves aamiainen (breakfast) all day, including pannukakku, a Finnish "pancake" that is more the thickness and consistency of egg custard, and Finnish French toast made with nisu, a sweet bread made with cardamom.
Come for the seafood, stay for the... seafood. It's not difficult to find a place in the UP serving fish, but the Stonehouse Restaurant offers the most elegant preparations beyond baked, breaded, and fried. Try whitefish piccata, walleye meuniere, panko-breaded grouper topped with lobster and shrimp veloute, Seafood Newburg, Alaskan crab legs or grilled Atlantic red salmon, as well as a wide assortment of high-end steaks and New Zealand rack of lamb -- none of it over $30.
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