Tait's Bill of Fare Compliment - Yes - Restaurants Like This Do Exist!
OSCODA, MICHIGAN -- While 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.