Right in downtown Williamston you can have fun choosing where to eat. Simply park your car and browse the antique and specialty shops as you decide what kind of meal to try. The menus are varied and inviting, so just walk in and ask a host about the special of the day. Right downtown you can satisfy your hunger!
Want to sample many brews and a delicious dinner? Tavern 109 is a few steps east of the main stoplight. It’s a Gastropub with vegetarian-friendly, vegan and gluten-free options. Enjoy the Truffle Mac ‘N Cheese with its fontina cheese, cream, chipotle pepper, chives, panko and truffle salt. Their spectacular Sunday Brunch features some 40 items: omelets you design, Belgian Waffles, Breakfast Pizza, Tavern Fish & Chips, etc.
Here’s another menu to try: Red Cedar Grill on the south side of Grand River Ave. It is famous for its Asparagus and Goat Cheese Quesadilla, Drunken Salmon with Bourbon & ginger marinade. Then you must have their renowned Carrot Cake! But don’t worry about finishing the huge piece -- everyone takes most of it home anyway.
Right next to Red Cedar Grill is Ellie’s Country Kitchen, which for decades has served traditional home cooking and tasty breakfasts. Ellie’s has been a great place for morning breakfast gatherings!
A beautiful old-fashioned bar is the setting for great bar food at Williamston Pub and Grill. An appetizer of Salmon Sliders can be followed up with a California Burger or a Greek Burger. Or maybe you’re in the mood for Cedar Planked Salmon, Fajitas, or Enchiladas. Reward your appetite here, it’s all good!
The Bistro is right across Putnam Street from the wonderful Williamston Theatre. Relax and choose from their unique menu. Enjoy drinks and dinner inside, or outside on their patio in the warm months. For starters, try Strawberry Bruschetta. Then dig in to the tasty Duck breast with Bourbon blueberry demi. Or try the special Vegetarian Risotto: mushrooms, onions, spinach, oven roasted tomato, chickpeas, fried artichoke hearts and goat cheese.
Most Romantic Restaurant is one award earned by Williamston’s River House Inn, an historical home which was fashioned into an intimate destination. In summer, dine on the patio which overlooks the river. The lunch menu has Goat Cheese Cake, then why not the Pistachio Basil Chicken. For Dinner there is the tasty Lobster Artichoke Dip Appetizer, then you could enjoy the Hazelnut Encrusted Walleye. Special flavors, indeed!
For coffee, pastry and internet, grab your laptop and relax at Starbuck’s, located inside D & W Grocery, right across from the Sun Theater. The bakery in D & W makes the day more special, indeed!
Groovy Donuts has quite the array of sweet and fancy donuts. Grab some as you stroll around town.
Or, for internet, coffee, and pastry, grab your laptop and drop in at Starbuck’s, located in D &W Grocery, right across from the Sun Theater.
Still strolling around downtown but can’t decide where to eat? Well, you still have more choices: Hungry Howie’s, Little Caesar’s, Subway, and Brent’s Pizza are ready to serve you. Thinking Chinese food? Dine in or take-out at Szechuan Garden before or after a movie at the Sun Theater, because it’s right next door!
Ice cream treat on your mind? Walk over to Twister’s, (517) 655-1739, just east of Red Cedar Grill.
Time to get back in your car--but but not too far from downtown is Old Nation Brewing Company Restaurant, an American Bar Pub, and vegetarian friendly. Sample their carefully crafted fresh-brewed beers. Start out with Fried Pickle Chips or Roasted Brussels Sprouts, then try sandwiches such as Falafel, Reuben, or Banh Mi (Korean pulled pork). In warm months, enjoy dining on their patio. Just about a mile west of downtown on the south side of Grand River Ave. Keep going west another ½ mile on Grand River and you arrive at the home of famous homemade pizza and delicious calzones: Spag’s Sports Bar. Families travel many miles just to enjoy Spag’s pizza and watch games on their TV’s. If you’re staying at the Williamston Inn, you are only ¼ of a mile from Spag’s.
Another choice for breakfast or lunch is Sunnyside Cafe: (517) 655-7006. Next to Biggby’s Coffee.
Staying at the Williamston Inn and you want to stock up your refrigerator? More awesome choices await you! Right downtown across from the Sun Theater is the beautiful D & W Grocery Store, open ‘til midnight. It offers sushi made fresh daily, and awesome bakery, a deli with rotisserie chicken, meat, cheese, and salads. Check out their huge wine selection and large array of Michigan craft beer. Right in the store is Starbuck’s.
Still have room in your refrigerator? Merindorf Meats is the other store is on the east side of Williamston Road, just north of exit 117, I-96. It is worth your time. Merindorf Meats has earned local and national awards for its wide selection of high quality meats cut at their old-fashioned meat counter, specialty smoked meats, unique gourmet items, chicken, fish, pork, buffalo, elk, custom processing of meats from local farmers, and specialty spices and rubs. It also has quite an extensive selection of wines and Michigan craft beers.
After your happy day in Williamston, a short drive takes you to your comfy bed at the Williamston Inn.