• A Greek Goddess and an X-Man Combine for Charlevoix Culinary Creativity

    A Charlevoix waterfront restaurant and marina came close to an untimely end a couple years ago, but luckily, a couple of performance boaters with a super hero and a greek goddess portrayed as their respective on-the-water rides, combined forces to save the establishment from demise in 2013. Not only were they able to save and re-open the restaurant, but also improved it as a Lake Charlevoix destination. While it may not be a spot for high performance boating fly-bys, (it presides on a no-wake zone of the lake), it is home to some really good food and a location with a very interesting history along with their great views of the water and boats.

    Iceman, a superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics, is an original member of the X-Men. A mutant, Iceman has the ability of cryokinesis where he can freeze anything around him and can also turn his body into ice. Now, getting turned into ice doesn't seem to be all that uncommon up here in Michigan, but I'm sure it would come in handy down in Florida in August.....

    Artemis, the great Olympian goddess of hunting, wilderness and wild animals, has both a good side and a bad side. She is a goddess of childbirth, and the protectress of the girl child up until the age of marriage. Her twin brother Apollo was similarly the protector of the boy child. Together the two gods were also bringers of sudden death and disease--Artemis targeted women and girls, and Apollo targeted men and boys. Makes you wonder why all of these ladies are staying on the boat if her reputation is to bring something like that??? They certainly look old enough to have reached the age of marriage?
    Maybe because of the honor they give her with the boat's name, she has struck a special protection treaty for them all? Or maybe Apollo just told her hands off ??????

    The question is, with an unlikely combination of legendary beings like these should one expect all frozen entrees created from hunting wild animals and then have them insto-thawed as required? Sure would seem like the ability to insto-freeze some favorite dishes, freshly dispatched by the goddess of the hunt, would come in handy in the restaurant business. We can say from first hand experience the food is fresh and well prepared. But, who decides what to serve and how to prepare it, the goddess or the X-Man? We're not sure, but the offerings are interesting and delicious. Here are some menu selections of personal interest:

    The Landing Restaurant

    All about sharing
    Roasted Chicken Nachos
    fresh tomato and jalapeno pico de gallo/ salsa verde/ queso fresco/ lime sour
    cream/ green chili and cumin marinated chicken/ house fried tortilla chips
    PB&J Sweet Potato Fries
    thai peanut sauce / smoky cherry jam

    Cool Greens
    Lake Charlevoix Caesar Salad
    toasted ciabatta croutons/ hearts of romaine/ creamy garlic dressing/ shaved
    parmesan, asiago, and romano cheese
    Fried Green Tomato Salad
    toasted walnuts/ shaved brussels sprouts and kale/ avocado/ grapes/ crispy fried
    green tomatoes/ smoked bacon/ apple vinaigrette

    The Dockmaster Burger
    custom burger blend/ toasted bun/
    Lake Perch Sandwich
    breaded Michigan yellow lake perch/ toasted bun/ house tartar sauce

    Main Courses
    Oh Buoy Lake Perch
    Michigan yellow lake perch, breaded and deep fried/ house slaw/ french fries/
    house tartar sauce/ lemon
    New England Lobster Roll
    handpicked Maine lobster/ lemon and herb/ malt vinegar kettle chips/ buttered
    and toasted split-top bun
    Grilled Bison Hanger Steak
    balsamic and olive oil marinade/ fresh herbs/ french fried onions/ seared
    peppadew peppers/ french fries/ kobe BBQ sauce
    Maryland Crab Cakes
    jumbo lump crab/ Old Bay mustard aioli/ bibb lettuce/ house slaw/ kettle chips

    The location is a historic gem: It is next to the Ironton Crossings car ferry, which way back was a horse and buggy ferry powered by people or horses. The current vessel, officially known as The Vessel Charlevoix, was built in 1927, but was preceded by an 18 by 24 foot scow that hauled horses and wagons across the South Arm to and from the iron works in the then-booming Ironton. The scow, built at the end of the 19th century, was dragged along by a single, half-inch cable with the ferryman pulling it along by hand, as well as passengers. If you come by car, you can have a good meal, then load up and have your vehicle ferried across the south arm of Lake Charlevoix to go on a road trip where there will be no need to worry about traffic jams. The ferry runs between April and November. Captain Sam Alexander of the ferry is listed in Ripley's Believe it or Not for travelling 15,000 miles while never being more than 1/4 mile from his home over a period of years.

    So stop on by when you have the opportunity. You never know who just may show up......

    See you there, (this weekend?), make sure to save room and food for us!!!!


    Comments 6 Comments
    1. phragle's Avatar
      phragle -
      Here you go...

      Had lunch there yesterday...

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    1. Ratickle's Avatar
      Ratickle -
      And how was it?
    1. Wrinkleface's Avatar
      Wrinkleface -
      Love the place!!!
    1. Ratickle's Avatar
      Ratickle -
      It is a great location and a good place to sit outside and have some awesome food and drinks. If you click on their facebook page above it shows some of the fresh specials they've had on food, drinks, and live music.
    1. Serious News's Avatar
      Serious News -
      “You can't beat the view, the service and unexpected fabulous food!”

      5 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2014

      Under new management and ownership in 2013, everything is even better this year! I am so stuck on the crab cakes! Huge chunks of crab, a little seasoning, an egg to hold it all together..yummy! The staff is well trained, the drinks are great and you can just tell the kitchen is clean. If you want boring food, go elsewhere. If you want the best beach fries ever, come here!!

      Visited June 2014

      5 of 5 stars Value
      5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
      5 of 5 stars Service
      5 of 5 stars Food

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    1. MicahK's Avatar
      MicahK -
      If you need an awning for the deck please call Traverse Bay Canvas Inc. Located in Harbor Springs, 1- 800-552-2786 ask for Micah.