The Thirsty Whale in Norway, MI is definitely one of the Upper Peninsula’s hidden gems. It’s well known to everyone in the Norway / Iron Mountain area as the best place to get a burger, but if you’re not from the area you could easily blow past it without stopping.
Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen.
Owned and operated for years by an always cheerful woman named Paula, the Thirsty Whale isn’t you’re average bar and grill. And what makes it “not your average bar and grill” are the people and the service. Paula makes a real effort to hire “fun girls,” as she told me, and because of it, the atmosphere is always cheery and the service is consistently excellent.
Now lets talk about those burgers. Most of the award winning burgers are half pounders, served on a toasted bun. Each one comes with that special “something” that just makes your eyes go wide with burger induced happiness after the first bite. I could probably ask Paula what makes her burgers so good, but I don’t need to know. I know that whenever I want a great burger and great service, I go to “The Whale,” and I’m never disappointed. (My favorite is the Jalapeno Burger.)
But the Thirsty Whale’s great food doesn’t stop at burgers. No sir, Paula often makes homemade soups and chili, and the beer batter they use for their Friday fish fry is also homemade. This place is part bar, part home cooking.
The Whale also hosts the area’s most popular summer volleyball league, so it’s often a fun place to be on weeknights. They also have free Wi-Fi Internet in the bar, free pool on Thursdays, and weekly specials.
What’s not to love?
Next time you’re looking for a meal in the Iron Mountain area, give the Thirsty Whale a shot. You won’t be disappointed!
To see more photos of the Thirsty Whale Bar & Grill, check out my Facebook page and browse to the “Thirsty Whale Bar & Grill” album.
Bottom Line: The Thirsty Whale Bar and Grill has the best “bar food’ in the area. If you’re in the mood for a burger, this is a great option.
Address: 825 W US Highway 2 Norway, MI 49870
Phone: (906) 563-5466
Other Things to Note: The Thirsty Whale is right off the snowmobile trail, and across the highway from the Norway, MI AmericInn Hotel .
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