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Come on, friends! Let’s help make Vernors the official drink of Michigan! Donielle’s fact-finding mission found out that Vernors is still made in Michigan in case you’ve been told otherwise. They have a plant in Holland. Big Jim & Ryan from Big Jim’s House are boasting team Faygo to become the official Michigan beverage. The boys in the morning have thrown down the gauntlet. So when Doni asked me I was for Team Vernors.”

My take is simple, Vernors has always been part of Michigan’s rich heritage.

One of the nation’s oldest soft drinks, Vernors Ginger Ale was first served to the public in 1866. The drink was created by Detroiter James Vernor, a well-respected pharmacist with a reputation for meticulous care with his prescriptions. Vernors is a sweet “golden” ginger ale. Advertising in the early 1900s used the slogan “Detroit’s Drink.” Vernors even had their own mascot the Vernors gnome. 

How the Vernors, “Boston Cooler,” got its name.

 The Boston cooler got its name from Detroit’s Boston Boulevard and its proximity to Dr. Vernor’s original soda fountain.  Detroiters simply put a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream in a glass and add Vernors and a soda straw.
Moms everywhere knew that when a child or adult had a sour stomach. Warm Vernors always did the trick. The first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Aretha Franklin became famous in the city for a recipe at her church, for her Christmas Ham with a glaze made with Vernors.
True Fact! Are Vernors still made in Michigan? Yes, the “flagship” is a plant in Holland, Michigan as well as Vermont Texas.
Mix Drink? Bartenders are going wild over Vanilla Crown Royal & Vernors. How about a “Fire Ginger.” which is equal parts of Fireball & Vernors?  A Whisky High Ball with Vernors instead of Club Soda.
With one Hundred Fifty-Seven years of Vernor history, I think deserves the title of the State of Michigan’s Official Drink. Take a moment to join Donielle Flynn and me and sign the petition today!

Sign the Petition

Vernor's Ginger Ale has always been the unofficial drink of Michigan... let's make it official! The ball starts rolling here and with you. Please sign the petition to make Vernor's the official drink of Michigan. James Vernor was a pharmacist who created this "deliciously different" drink more than 150 years ago right here in the great state of Michigan.

10 Best Michigan Restaurants for 2023

Michigan has some fantastic locally-owned restaurants. It goes without saying that we are tops when it comes to cuisine. So, what are the top-rated restaurants in each of Michigan’s biggest cities?

Yelp has fresh reviews up, and we’ve scoured the site to find the No. 1 rated Michigan restaurants in 10 of the state’s largest cities. Yelp, of course, is a place where local people can go and rate their favorite, and not-so-favorite, restaurants. Since it’s user-based and crowd-sourced, Yelp is pretty reliable when it comes to finding a good restaurant. I’ve found some diamonds by going through Yelp reviews.

It’s worth noting that restaurants have to be very good to get on this list. Michigan has around 17,000 licensed restaurants, according to the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association. So, whittling it down to the top 10 was a task.

Read on for the full list of 10 of the best restaurants in Michigan according to Yelp reviews, one for each major city. Have you tried any of these? Most of them, I admit, I haven’t visited, but I’m determined to do so this year. Some of these dishes look so delicious, so look at this list as a guideline for trying some new favorite eating establishments this year.

  • BARDA Detroit - Detroit

    The highest-rated restaurant on Yelp in Detroit is BARDA Detroit. Their description on Yelp says, “BARDA Detroit is the first and only authentic Argentinian-inspired Restaurant in Detroit. Using ancestral methods of Patagonian cooking, BARDA’s open fire is the very soul of the restaurant’s dining experience. BARDA specializes in simple yet bold dishes, combining techniques and ingredients that reach far across vast geographical terrains.”

    Argentinian Restaurant BARDA Detroit - Barda

    Our Menu Our Menu Reservations Reservations Gift Cards Purchase Our Menu Our Menu Reservations Reservations Gift Cards Purchase Instagram BARDA Detroit. 4842 Grand River Ave. | (313) 952 5182 | BARDA Detroit. 4842 Grand River Ave. (313) 952 5182

  • One Twenty Three Tavern - Grand Rapids

    Their description on Yelp says, “Comfort food available for takeout or delivery. Featuring daily specials, incredible burgers, and meatloaf that’ll rival your mother’s. You can find us on Uber Eats or call 616-900-9123 for pick-up.”

  • 501 Bar and Grill - Flint

    Their description on Yelp says, “Art Deco. Modernistic. Inviting with stylish sophistication and flair. 501 offers a unique menu delivering an array of tastes, including full-sized entrees and an assortment of small plates that are perfect for sharing amongst friends. Our full-service bar boasts plenty of craft beer on draught, a variety of fine wines, and carefully crafted cocktails.”

  • The Ocean Crab - Lansing

    Their description on Yelp says, “Juicy seafood never tasted so delicious.”

  • The Filling Station Microbrewery - Traverse City

    Their description on Yelp says, “The Filling Station Microbrewery specializes in wood fired flatbreads and hand-crafted microbrews. Both our flatbreads and microbrews use the freshest ingredients available. We brew using both a 10 bbl and a 3 bbl brewing system. This allows us the freedom to create small batches of craft beer, in a variety of styles.”

  • Rare Earth Goods and Cafe - Marquette

    “This is an art co op and natural food store. Classes hosted to learn all types of crafts. Open mic,” according to their official Facebook page. They got great Yelp reviews!

    Rare Earth Goods & Café

    Natural Foods & Art Gallery

  • The BoardRoom - Saginaw

    Their description on Yelp says, “Bistro in Historic downtown Riverfront Saginaw featuring an upscale seasonal menu; curated wine, beer, and cocktails lists; and beautiful indoor and patio dining spaces.”

    The BoardRoom

    The BoardRoom - Located in the SVRC Marketplace

  • Union Rec - Ann Arbor

    Their website states, “From the moment the baristas unlock the doors for coffee and pastries, through service when the kitchen crew is crafting comfort food from three Americas (North, Central and South, to be precise) straight to the moment the bartenders turn off the TVs and lock the doors; this is game for anything. This joint was built to be fun like the upper bunk… where the stories and snickers from the fellow campers mean that sleep is the last thing on your mind… and the counselors are dedicated to making sure you’re having a time of it. It’s like that: a bit throwback and a bit forward at the same time. And it’s right at home here on Main Street between the Big House and downtown in Ann Arbor.”

  • Carlisle's - Muskegon

    Their website states, “Carlisle’s in downtown Muskegon offers your favorite classic gastropub dishes that tailor’s to any of your leisurely occasions. Take part in our good eats, our fun food and drink specials, live sports and fun entertainment, all in our warm, welcoming atmosphere. Kick back with family and friends before heading off to one of our many downtown happenings. Or, stay a while and enjoy the Carlisle’s experience.”

  • Kingston Kitchen at the Village Inn - Mackinac Island

    Their description on Yelp says, “Welcome to our kitchen! A Mackinac Island tradition continues on, serving up traditional American fare with Jamaican influences. Enjoy renowned planked whitefish from the Straits of Mackinac alongside scratch-made dishes with vibes of the Islands.”

Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock. When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity. “CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle

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