At Los Sarapes, the Marin family and its chefs eschew southwest and Tex-Mex recipes in favor of traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine. Housemade, corn-based dough morphs into tortilla wedges, which diners dip into fresh guacamole and ceviche. They also smother chicken in their smoky mole poblano sauce and grill beef and pork tenderloin until they sport perfect sears.
At the bar, patrons can sample an array of tequilas and an outdoor patio lets sunshine cascade over the house?s specialty margaritas. As for the dining room, tables are covered with colorful tablecloths and surrounded by equally bright walls that support Mexican-style artwork.
At El Sarape, the Marin family and their chefs eschew southwest and Tex-Mex recipes in favor of traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine. Housemade corn dough morphs into chicken sopes and tortilla wedges, which diners dip into nachos with chihuahua cheese and pico de gallo. The kitchen also serves chipotle mashed potatoes beside pork tenderloin in tomatillo sauce and prepares skewers of shrimp and scallops Mazatl?n style. At the bar, patrons can sample an array of tequilas while admiring the paintings adorning the walls, from a mural of a pastoral countryside to a topographical map of Mexico?s fourth dimension.
Following Baja Fresh’s ethos set in 1990 as a healthy take on fast food, never-frozen meats sizzle atop the grill before they're tucked into made-to-order tacos and burritos. Grilled corn and flour tortillas embrace fish, carnitas, chicken, and steak, and smoky queso fundido sidles onto nachos and into burritos. Between bites, chips scoop up salsa made from farm-fresh produce rather than poured out of a can or fabricated in a space-age replicator. A complimentary salsa bar ensures no mouthful goes unspiced, and guests can scoop up their favorites as they await their dine-in, takeout, or catering orders.
Skeletons dance and songbirds tweet at Cantina Feliz—on its beautiful painted wall murals, that is. If the artists were more literally minded, they probably would have depicted an aquatic scene, too. Chef Tim Spinner’s modern Mexican dishes brim with seafood, from guacamole with crab to a crab and bass entree.
Coyote Crossing Resort nestles into the bordering Manistee National Forest, dusting the landscape with rustic timber dwellings armed with modern amenities. Each two-bedroom unit houses contemporary accouterments such as satellite TV, a full bathroom, and WiFi access, allowing curious kids to learn about nature before dipping their toes into it. Triplicate cooking options keep growling bellies from upsetting the surrounding wildlife, including a fully equipped kitchen, a charcoal grill, and fire rings that yield flame-licked fare. Drawing inspiration from 50 acres of surrounding woodlands, rich wood lines the walls and floors of each cabin. Upon stepping outside, guests will find themselves minutes away from attractions such as the Pine River, Lake Cadillac, and various public beaches.