Been feeling the need to break routine, do something different? We've got you covered! If you're hankering to sink your teeth into new tastes and looking for exciting escapades, digs and dishes, and never-experienced adventures, then right this way!
Oh, and heads up: you'll need to buckle up to take in all of this excitement, but you won't need to travel far because the Great Lakes Bay Region is bursting at the seams with all-things-new-on-the-scene (and even soon-to-be) right here in Pure Michigan!
New Restaurants in Bay City, Frankenmuth, Midland & Saginaw
Gratzi Midland — Reserve your table to enjoy a true Italian meal where participants "partake in a layered experience... with several distinct courses". Select from Gratzi's extensive wine list, bold and flavorful menu, and save room for "dolce", or decadent and unique desserts.
Costela Brazilian Steak House — Bringing an authentic churrascaria experience to Uptown Bay City, enjoy the gourmet Brazilian market table, Brazil's Caipirinha cocktails, and your chosen meat selection carved right at your table.
Artisan Urban Bistro — Enjoy artistic décor and an intimate ambiance inside this brand-new historic Old Town Saginaw location. Sample fine-dining dishes, locally-sourced ingredients, and seasonal menu items prepared open-kitchen style.
Sushi Remix — Serving poké bowls ("poh-kay") and bubble teas, sample Sushi Remix at its new Uptown Bay City location, in addition to its existing spot inside SVRC Marketplace! Prepare your taste-buds for fresh flavors, and tell your vegan, gluten-free, keto-eating friends to meet you there!
Dig Café — Experience breakfast and lunch at Dig Café in Frankenmuth where ingredients are organic, locally-sourced, and responsibly grown. Grass-fed burger or a Ham & Swiss (knowing the local farm each meat is from)? Both yes, and then some.
Honey B's Eatery — Feast on made-from-scratch and sustainable foods at this breakfast & brunch locale in Frankenmuth. Order Honey's Hash from the menu or look to the "off the menu" board for seasonal specialties.
Midland Burger Company — Now with a new location in Downtown Midland, enjoy locally-sourced burgers (on buns from local bakeries) served with hand-cut fries from Michigan potatoes. Gluten-free and vegetarian options round out this out of the ordinary burger experience.
Taste This Trio — Nibble into Frankenmuth Cheese Haus at its all-new location, sip on Zehnder's Taproom's new craft beer line-up, and find the new Bavarian Inn Cluck Truck for a piping-hot pretzel to round out the beer-pretzel-cheese trio.
New Places to Shop in Bay City & Saginaw
SVRC Marketplace — With nearly 40 eateries, boutiques, and more inside Saginaw's year-round market, you're sure to dive into something different during each visit! Be sure to stop at SVRC's all-new wine bar and taproom, Federal 131 (and Nitro Creamery & Craft Soda for creamy Italian-style ice cream and house-made sodas).
Panache Boutique — Panache means "flamboyant confidence of style", and that's precisely what this new Bay City boutique aims to offer. Inside, find personal service, stylish clothing and accessories — and your panache!
New Things To Do in Bay City & Midland
Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Canopy Walk — Dare to venture the longest canopy walk in the nation that soars up to 40 feet above the ground? Have no fear! Guests of all ages and abilities are accommodated along Midland's new, scenic feature.
Sunrise Circle Cruiser — Have a magical, memorable (and just downright cool) cruise aboard Sunrise Pedal Trolley's new Sunrise Circle Cruiser. Pedal your way through the streets of Bay City with up to six buddies (and beer & wine, wink).
New Coffee Shops & Sweet Shops in Bay City & Midland
Live Oak Coffeehouse — Sip locally roasted specialty coffee and handcrafted beverages at Live Oak's newest location in Uptown Bay City! Snack on the "No-Nonsense Bar" (a gluten-free treat without sugar, flavorings, or dyes) or watch for which food truck will be on-site each week.
Village Chocolatier — From the full-service coffee bar inside (serving beans from Michigan roasters) to oversized truffles, caramel- and chocolate-dipped fruits, and even sugar-free selections, savor this sweet new spot in Bay City!
Sticky Paw Donuts & Diner — Bringing made-from-scratch donuts to Midland, and homemade diner fare from biscuits & gravy to soups & sandwiches, take time to savor what this diner dishes out.
Coming Soon to Michigan's Great Lakes Bay
Keep a look-out for Molasses (an upscale St. Louis-style BBQ restaurant), Grove Tea Lounge ("not your grandma's tea house, but she'll love it, too"), wood-fired pies and more at Pizza Baker, and Three Bridges Distillery & Tap Room, all coming to Midland. And be ready for good times at North Peak Brewing Co., coming soon to Downtown Bay City!