#32 – Excellent Food and a Peek Into the Past at the Michigan House Cafe & Brewery

Michigan House Cafe and Brewery Bar

The original bar, built in 1905

A step into the Michigan House Café & Brewery in Calumet is a step back in time.

A gorgeous 19th century mural covers the ceiling above the bar, the bar itself looks as though it’s been there for over a century (and in fact, it has) and just about every other detail has kept its original charm, back from when Joseph Bosch of Bosch Brewing built the place in 1905, when the Keweenaw was flush with money and thirsty miners.

I’d actually never set foot in Calumet until a trip to Copper Harbor this spring brought my wife and I through the area. And am I glad we stopped at this place.

I could go on for pages about all the cool architecture, great little businesses and other fun stuff we discovered in Calumet (and I will, in other blog posts), but for now let’s focus on the Michigan House.

I’ve been here twice so far to date, and the current owners and staff have been super friendly both times. I’ve tried all the beer they had available and I liked them all. Though if you’re not a fan of craft beer they have a full bar in addition to a good list of popular beers.

michigan house cafe kalua pig sandwich

The Kalua Pig Sandwich

The food was surprisingly awesome. After seeing how well the building has been kept up I expected the food to be decent. I didn’t’ expect it to be so mouthwateringly good that I sometimes get the urge to drive two and a half hours to Calumet just for a burger.

I’ve had both The “Gipp Burger” (named after George Gipp (aka “The Gipper”) who grew up a few blocks away in Laurium, and the “Kalua Pig Sandwich.”  Both were excellent, but I think the Gipp Burger is my go to at the Michigan House.

Friends and family I’ve dined with here have had everything from their spinach and artichoke dip to the Cedar Planked Trout. Accolades from everyone, I tell you. And for my vegetarian readers, they offer a walnut burger as a substitute for any of their regular burgers.

Go for the history, stay for the food and beer, and come back because everyone there is just so damn nice.

To view more photos of The Michigan House Café & Brewery, click here to visit my Facebook page and browse to the “Michigan House Café & Brewery” album. (You’ll need to the “like” the page if you haven’t already)

Bottom Line: The Michigan House Café & Brewery has become one of my regular stops on my way up to the Keweenaw. You should check it out. You’ll thank me.

Location: 300 Sixth Street Calumet, MI 49913

Website: http://www.michiganhousecafe.com

Phone: (906) 337-1910

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4 Responses to #32 – Excellent Food and a Peek Into the Past at the Michigan House Cafe & Brewery

  1. Victoria August 29, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    Loved coming across your site today and I LOVE the Michigan House. Just FYI, they have three apartments upstairs that they rent out to visitors. I stayed in one for a long weekend and it was great! Very reasonable price, too.

    • Jesse September 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

      Thanks Victoria! I’d heard the apartments were great but unfortunately have yet to check them out. I will though, thanks!

  2. Shelley June 24, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    Thanks for the recommendation. The French onion soup is awesome and the house made Greek goddess dressing I’d to die for!

    • admin December 8, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

      You’re welcome Shelley!

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