“don't miss the best live music in the North!”
Originally called McCarthy Hall, the building was constructed by Alanso McCarthy in 1875. It was a billiard hall that served “intoxicating beverages.” As a male-only establishment, the Sampling Room offered enticing items such as cigars, wines, and liquors to customers. Serving a wide array of guests from around the world since 1910, including the legendary Ernest Hemingway. Surviving prohibition and volatile Northern Michigan winters, the City Park Grill is rich with history, but the menu is absolutely contemporary. Don't miss the best live music in the North.
What I like about City Park is the variety on the menu. You can get a good piece of fish or steak, or go the casual burger or sandwich route. I see a lot of menus that try too hard by combining cuisines in a rather jumbled up manner, (you know.. Italian, Tex-Mex, Sports Bar/Winery)... but City Park's selection somehow remains cohesive despite the varied options. The decor is old school, but the food is updated and consistently good. Last time I had the Grilled Salmon BLT which had a really nice lemon-dill mayo. The Parmesan-Herb Whitefish is also a favorite of mine; a cheesy, comforting spin on a classic Lake Michigan fish dish. I can't believe I went this long without mentioning the biscuits! There is a waiter walking around with a tray of fresh, warm biscuits. It doesn't get any better than that! Pro Tip: They don't take reservations, but if you call ahead they'll usually let you put your name in if you've got a big group.
Wide variety of food on the menu. Great drink, wine & beer lists.
They have only table seating - no booths. You can sit at the bar, hightop or regular table. They have a couple of tables for 6. Iced tea is very good. We ordered 5 cheese penna with chicken and got a homemade biscuit too. It was crumbly but good. My husband and I split the pasta and they split it in the kitchen, which was nice. We asked for parmasean and got shaved fresh cheese! I was surprised. It was very good and a half order was plenty for me. They were very good at getting us more biscuits and tea. Good service.
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City Park Grill
- Sun - Thu: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
- Fri, Sat: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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