Have You Eaten At Michigan’s Most Famous Restaurant?
Michigan is home to so many great restaurants and we now know which one is the most famous.
Thrillist came up with a list of the most famous restaurants in every state and D.C. When it came to the Mitten state the most popular restaurant was the Bavarian Inn.
How Was The List Made?
To qualify for this list, a place had to have been around for 30+ years and still be a crowd favorite.
Why Was The Bavarian Inn Selected
Thrillist said this about the Bavarian Inn.
Like the long road to Wall Drug in South Dakota, signs for the German-modeled town of Frankenmuth can be spotted with alarming frequency for about 1,000 miles before you reach it. Mostly for Bronner’s, the largest 365-day Christmas store. But the real draw is the Bavarian Inn, a magical place where buxom, dirndl-clad waitresses serve up gigantic, all-you-can-eat fried chicken (and mashed potatoes, soup, bread, and, ugh, veggies) to folks who travel from all corners of the region for a taste. Yes, it's pretty corny inside the massive faux-German compound; especially when the polka bands get down. But damned if it isn't an institution. And giant beers make it all the more surreal.
History Of The Bavarian Inn
The William (Tiny) Zehnder, Jr. family owns the Bavarian Inn of Frankenmuth. Tiny’s family purchased Fischer’s Hotel in 1950. Tiny left farming, and he and his young wife, Dorothy (a former waitress at Fischer’s), became the managers of the new business. In his autobiographical book, Tiny wrote that “Dorothy and I started the Bavarian Inn with huge debt, and we built up the business with additions over 30 years.”
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