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Tait's Bill of Fare Compliment - Yes - Restaurants Like This Do Exist!

Review by cherpep on 2008-10-17
OSCODA, MICHIGAN -- Tait's Bill of Fare - Oscoda, MIWhile on vacation, we arrived early for a movie and decided to wait it out in a nearby quaint restaurant with some coffee and dessert. We were so intrigued with the restaurant that we wanted to make the trip back on our anniversary to try their dinner. So, that's exactly what we did last weekend.

Once you step inside the restaurant, receive their warm reception (perhaps by the owner himself), and are led to a cozy cloth-covered, candle-lit table, you take note of their china and realize you have entered someplace special. Their decorations are warm, tasteful, and seasonal. Our waitress greeted us as if she was actually happy to serve us, and was pleased we stopped by.

As we enjoyed their homemade bread with delicious honey butter, we decided we would treat ourselves with an appetizer. My mushroom-hating husband caved and let me order their mushroom appetizers, stuffed with parmesan, and baked into a phyllo crust. They made him a believer, he ate more of them than I did. The phyllo crust gave them a pleasing, surprising crunch. The next course, we tried their Millennium soup - out of this world! It was a creamy white cheddar soup with a dollup of dark bean soup in the middle. If you follow the waitress' instructions and do not stir, but instead eat from the center, you are delighted with a taste of each soup in every bite. Their salad, topped with their house parmesan peppercorn dressing was fresh and tasty! For the main course, my husband ordered their Chicken Especiale, which was baked to perfection, and actually melted in our mouths (because, of course, I had to try a bite!).

It was topped with a buttery, garlic breading which could not have been better. I had their Pork Tenderloin medallions which were also tasty and roasted to perfection. Each of our meals were accompanied with fresh vegetable and potato. We had their Potato risotto, which I actually would have preferred a softer, more cooked potato, but the flavor was great. Hungry yet? We are definitely going back some day to try their London Broil or one of their several tasty-looking fish dishes. If I remember correctly, they were serving a special that day of Salmon with a spicy mango salsa.

Our meal ended with a surprise treat from their kitchen, complete with a glowing sparkler and round of the staff singing "Happy Anniversary". It was a rich, vanilla cream, topped with a very flavorful fruit sauce. Mmmmmmmmm.

Locals obviously know about this great restaurant, and are often greeted with hugs. We also saw a steady stream of people heading into their bar area, which also seems quite popular. When the owner stopped by our table, which apparently is a regular practice for him, he even snapped a picture of us with our camera. Everything was perfect - the atmosphere, the company, the service, the food, and even the price. The entire meal, complete with an appetizer, pop, and coffee - was under $50 - total - for the 2 of us (not each).

If you happen to be in the Northeastern part of the Michigan mitten, be sure to visit Oscoda and turn down Dwight Street. Look for Tait's Bill of Fare, snuggled amongst a couple of other shops just a few feet away from the theatre. It's a rare find! We will definitely make it a regular stop when we are there.
Comments:16 Replies - Latest reply on 2008-10-17
Posted by cherpep on 2008-10-17:
Mmmmmmmmmmm!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-17:
Cherpep, I'm drooling now...that sounds absolutely wonderful.

That's exactly the kind of place I like to hear about, so I can eat there, too!
Posted by cherpep on 2008-10-17:
MissMarple, I can't wait to go back. I had my eye on their Lemon Cloud Mousse cake or Chocolate Trifle.
Posted by Principissa on 2008-10-17:
I just had lunch but for some reason I am starving! That sounds divine cherp! That soup sounds to die for! Great review. And happy belated anniversary! Many more happy years for you and your hubby. :)
Posted by Principissa on 2008-10-17:
Lemon cloud mousse! You hooked me at chocolate. How far of a drive would this place be from say, Madisonville?! :)
Posted by cherpep on 2008-10-17:
Thanks, Princi! 22 years!!
Posted by cherpep on 2008-10-17:
Just a few 682 miles or so - well worth the trip!
Posted by Principissa on 2008-10-17:
I'm going to tell hubby just like that! But honey, it's only 682 miles, it's not that long, and it's well worth it. Do you think it will work? I could always use guilt and do the pouty face and t-rex arms, and demand to know if I am worth 682 miles! :)
Posted by cherpep on 2008-10-17:
LOLOLOLOL! "t-rex arms"! Never heard that used before, but can see it perfectly. That's a great one. Where do you get this stuff?
Posted by cherpep on 2008-10-17:
Oh - I forgot to mention, it's actually a rather casual place. We arrived in sweaters and jeans, and fit right in. Others arrived a little dressier, some others even more casual. It's a come-as-you-are kinda place. Well, not if you're in sleep pants, LOL!
Posted by Principissa on 2008-10-17:
LOL I don't know. It just pops in my head I swear!

Wow, just casual. I heard the menu and thought it was dressy. Sounds like an awesome place for a meal.
Posted by madconsumer on 2008-10-17:
my old stomping grounds, great review!!
Posted by cherpep on 2008-10-17:
mad - did you live in Oscoda?
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2008-10-17:
Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....garlic bread!
Great Review...you should write them more often!

So...how much weight did you gain? LOL!
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-17:
Cherp, that sounded really nice--and delicious. I hope they read this review. If I were going to be in MI, I would definitely check it out. But, that is pretty doubtful at this point. With all our traveling though, you never really know. Thanks for the nice write-up. It made me hungry!
Posted by cherpep on 2008-10-17:
Actually, Basher. I did gain 1 pound. It's still with me too, and that's not good news. My family is doing our own version of the Biggest Loser right now, and the one who loses the least percentage each week has to do a good deed for each other person. My only hope is that hubby gained more than I did. He definitely ate more, but he's a guy and can just skip a can of diet pop tonight and lose what he gained.

But, that's OK - it was totally worth it.

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