With horse-drawn carriages and Old World charm, a trip to Frankenmuth is like stepping back in time to 19th-century Germany. If you’re looking for something beyond the hustle and bustle of Zehnder’s and Bavarian Inn, head to the city’s Main Street for these foodie finds.
Michigan’s craft beer scene has boomed over the past couple of decades, but Frankenmuth Brewery was doing local brews before it was trendy. It touts itself as America’s oldest microbrewery, offering ales and lagers since 1862, when John Matthias Falliers and his cousins William Knaust and Martin Heubisch founded it.
Beer lovers can sip on their choice of 36 varying styles of craft beer brewed fresh on-site. The comfort food-centric menu offers pub staples such as burgers, brats, and shareable snacks like boneless wings and the Christmas Town Pretzel served with spicy mustard and cheese sauces.
Visit Frankenmuth Brewery at 425 S. Main St, Frankenmuth. Call 989-262-8300 for more information.
For wine and small plates
Prost Wine Bar & Charcuterie is a stylish spot to grab a drink, have a snack, and listen to live music while in town.
In addition to a selection of Old and New World wine offerings by the glass and by the bottle, there’s tap wine, which is similar to keg beer and ensures the wine is always fresh and served at the right temperature.
You can build your own charcuterie and cheese board, or for those desiring something more substantial, the beef shank and the gnocchi pomodoro are on the heartier side.
Prost Wine Bar & Charcuterie is located at 576 1⁄2 S. Main St., Frankenmuth. Call 989-262-8690 for more information.
For a coffee break
Have a taste of the Big Easy while staying closer to home at N’Orlins Beignets & Coffee. The chicory coffee is just as bold as any cup you’d find in New Orleans and serves as a perfect complement to the light and airy heart-shaped beignets. They come with powdered or cinnamon sugar, alongside your choice among an assortment of dipping sauces.
For pasta and pizza
Founded by G. and Paula Grossi in 1977 and now run by Brett and Brent Lynch, the family-owned DaVinci’s Restaurant is a community staple.
Try the baked pasta with your choice of noodle and sauce or one of the specialty pizzas with creative topping combinations, such as Seafood Alfredo or Rustic Chicken with a garlic oil crust, tomatoes, banana peppers, and fresh basil.
Visit the shop at 524 N. Main St., Frankenmuth or call 989-652-2629 for more.
For a sweet treat
From fudge to ice cream, there’s no shortage of treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you have to pick one, Zak & Mac’s Chocolate Haus is worth spending your entire sweets budget on.
In addition to fudge, there’s toffee, available in every flavor from birthday cake to chocolate bacon; truffles; and caramels. The name refers to the father- and-son duo behind the beloved confectionary.
Visit the shop at 636 S. Main St., Frankenmuth or call 989-652-9331.
This story is from the December 2022 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more in our digital edition.