Sometime around the dawn of man, a human discovered that dough is worth more when tied into intricate shapes. Fast-forward a couple millennia to the present, and you’ll find that Nautical Knots has taken the next step in pretzel innovation. Since 2001, the Grand Haven boardwalk has benefited from the skillful tying of the eatery’s pretzel knots, which come in 11 sweet and savory varieties such as asiago cheese, frosted raisin, and sesame seed. In addition to stretching the dough into traditional pretzel shapes, staffers also twist it around frankfurters to make a signature treat they call the Nauti Dog, served with reckless amounts of ketchup and mustard. The waterside stand, which is open from May to September, also loads baked potatoes with cheese, chili, and salsa, and whips up frozen strawberry and mudslide drinks that combat the summer heat nearly as well as turning off the sun.
Brewed from beans roasted onsite, a cup of joe from Magnum Coffee Roastery is always fresh. Pick up a bag of beans, ranging from medium to dark roasts from all over the world. Customers can also stop in for an espresso, tea, or the café's specialty drink, the Magnum Mocha—an amalgam of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and whipped cream.
Although Nonie's serves up a smorgasbord of internationally inspired eats, ranging from mediterranean chicken to italian sausages, Windy City cuisine is the most prominent. The menu features Chicago-style Vienna beef hot dogs, gyros, and italian-beef sandwiches. Both traditional and deep-dish pizzas emerge from the oven sprinkled with various toppings, such as roasted artichokes, scrambled eggs, and homemade kifta kabob meat. Portions are large, so customers should come with an appetite or a sweater with lots of empty pockets.
The Coffee House’s cozy confines radiate with the aromas of freshly brewed coffees and teas, encouraging noses and the mouths living below them to stick around for a satiating sipping session. Settle into a comfy fireside chair to surf the web while enjoying one of many brewable brews, including the "house" latte, which is blended with vanilla syrup, Ghirardelli chocolate and caramel sauces, and whipped cream ($3.25–$4.15). Or try the dirty chai, a sweet chai latte made deliciously corrupt by a shot of espresso and his penchant for staying up all night ($3.75–$4.55). Practicing percolators can select a bag of beans or a sack of leaves for home brewing from the bulk coffee and tea menu, which includes exotic teas such as Moroccan mint and organic coffees such as the ambrosial Costa Rican, which blends hints of spice and nutty nuances before taking a balanced stand on the palate. The Coffee House also serves a full menu of café edibles, such as sandwiches, soups, salads, and smoothies, sure to rev up any eating engine.