World Famous Dishes

Did you know the Great Lakes Bay is home to some seriously famous eats?  Get a sampling of some of our most legendary dishes below, and start conserving your calories now so you can taste-test them all firsthand while you're here!

Zehnder's of Frankenmuth

This world-famous restaurant is built on the site where the first restaurant meals were ever served in Frankenmuth (at the time, it was called the Exchange Hotel).  Now, over 150 years later, Zehnder's of Frankenmuth has served up their noteworthy dishes to over 30,000,000 guests from around the globe.  As the largest family restaurant in America, Zehnder's serves an average of 1 million dinners each year (more meals than any other independent restaurant in the US!)

Zehnder's Famous Food By The Numbers:


  • Over 30 million total guests served
  • 1 million dinners (on average) served each year
  • 1 of the Top 100 independent restaurants in the US
  • 9 dining rooms can seat over 1,500 guests at once
  • 900,000 pounds of chicken served in a year (2009)
  • 180,000 pounds of mashed potatoes served in a year (2009)
  • 70,000 loaves of Stollen fruit bread produced in a year (2009)


Bavarian Inn Restaurant

Bavarian Inn Restaurant is a true return to Bavarian hospitality, with world-famous family-style chicken dinners and authentic German dishes that will leave you screaming, "Mehr!" (more).  Still guided today by the hands of its original co-founder, Dorothy Zehnder, the Bavarian Inn Restaurant is brimming with secret family recipes that will leave you dying to know the details.  In fact, Oma (Grandma) Dorothy can still be found in the kitchen whipping up a batch of her famous buttered noodles or baking a batch of fresh Stollen bread at 92 years old!  Her motto? "If you don't feel well, go to work, and, pretty soon, you'll feel better."  How's that for a labor of love?

Bavarian Inn Restaurant's Famous Food By The Numbers:


  • Over 20 million total guests served since 1888
  • 12 different Dining Rooms


Krzysiak's House

Authentic Polish fare is hard to come by.  But not when you stumble into Bay City's giant European gem - Krzysiak's.  The smell of homemade sausage, hand-kneaded noodles, and perfectly pulled candies wafts in the air, while as many as 900 guests per day dine with true European flair.  Your tastebuds will definitely be happy, but so will your eyes and ears, surrounded by breathtaking, hand-painted murals of Poland and the traditional Polish tunes that will take you back to the motherland. 

Krzysiak's Famous Food By The Numbers:


  • 25,000 lbs. of homemade egg noodles made each year
  • 175,000 gallons of chicken noodle soup served each year
  • 225,000 lbs. of fresh chicken served each year
  • 200,000 lbs. of fresh potatoes used each year
  • 35,000 lbs. of homemade sausage made each year

Tony's I-75 Restaurant Birch Run

What started out over 68 years ago as a small family-owned restaurant with one dining room and seating for 60 has now boomed into a 3-dining room establishiment with seating for over 200... and the biggest portions in town!  

It's Tony's I-75 Restaurant Birch Run, and you'd better come hungry.  Because here, the portions are larger than life and the people who serve you feel like family.  They're known for their steak sandwiches and especially their BLT's that have been featured on multiple food travel TV segments, including Travel Channel's "Sandwich Paradise" (probably because they're piled high on thick-cut bread with nearly 1 full pound of bacon strips!).  But Tony's supersized desserts (from towering sundaes to slabs of pie to banana splits that pack over a half gallon of ice cream) also continue to turn heads and please tastebuds.


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