by Mr. Wonka
Brooklyn, New York
June 25, 2005
We should have known that Charlevoix’s breakfast institution, which recently expanded their menu to include lunch, would come through. Located on the main strip just outside of the small downtown area overlooking Round Lake, Juilleret’s has long since made a name for itself amongst locals and summer tourists alike. The aforementioned French toast, available in the cinnamon, golden, banana-walnut, whole-wheat, and cinnamon-raisin varieties, is just one of the tantalizing offerings. Patrons also go bonkers for homemade blueberry, buttermilk, or raspberry pancakes, which, like the toast, can be served with powdered sugar, honey, and/or peanut butter at no additional charge. Sausage, gravy, and biscuits ($8) and create-your-own omelets are also quite popular.
Juilleret’s doesn’t look like much from the inside nor the outside. A pink and light blue-striped awning wraps around the outside, with pots of pink flowers and tiny American flags hanging around the front and sides. Inside it’s pretty standard diner decor, save for the emblematic nautical theme that permeates just about every establishment in Charlevoix. Think pirate ship steering wheels, oceanic photography, sailboat replicas, etc. The main dining area is about as no-frills as it gets, though we sat in a cheerier side room with five or six blue-and-white wooden booths.
The lunch menu offers standards such as corned beef, chicken, and B.L.T sandwiches, as well as fish-and-chips, batter-dipped fish, and broiled whitefish. If you ask me, however, come for breakfast and stick to the breakfast menu—that’s Juilleret’s specialty, so why buck the trend?
Our bill came out to $31, including tip, four slices of French toast, two coffees, and sides of home fries and swine… er, bacon. ‘Twas a small price to pay for an indulgent break from plain old farina.
From journal Charlevoix: An Escape to Northern Michigan