Shirley’s In the Woods Cafe

I came up to our lakehouse for a few days of rest and a break from the busyness with my husband’s aunt. Our first day was full of food and drinks and fresh air – a winning  combination for good spirits!

We started our day at one of my alltime favorite breakfast joints.  It’s a little hole in the wall breakfast/lunch place on M-72 in Kalkaska called Shirley’s in the Woods Cafe. 


The decor is homey and simple but the food – wow. I’ve never had anything I didn’t like. 


They bake their own bread, cookies and pies. My favorite bread is a cranberry walnut which you can get as toast or as French toast. Either one is fabulous. 

This trip I ordered a vegetable omelet topped with dill havarti cheese, with a side of crispy hash browns and cranberry walnut toast warmed on the grill. I could only eat about half of it.  I left with a full tummy and a box full of food for the next day’s breakfast. 


Shirley’s has a second location as well. If you’re ever up here in Northern Michigan you must stop in for a bite. You won’t regret it!

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