Readers have said they like my restaurant reviews, so here is another place I ate at and really enjoyed.
The Village Cheese Shanty located in historic Fishtown is the place to go for some awesome sandwich. If you didn’t already know Fishtown is in the town of Leland in the Leelanau Peninsula. The Village Cheese Shanty next to the Dam Candy Store is a little deceiving. The few times I have been to Fishtown I thought it was just another cheese and wine shop. My son ate there this summer and he made me go back with him because he loved it so much. Inside this little shanty is some of the best sandwiches in the state.
They offer sandwiches on pita, baguettes and pretzel buns. As I waited outside for my order to be made several people walked up to it and looked at the cheese sign and looked inside and said: ” wow, there are a lot of people buying cheese, let’s go to the next place.” What they did not see is the sign that reads ” Sandwiches all day” and that is what everyone inside was ordering. It’s a little like going to the soup nazi, but only friendlier. They do their best to keep the line moving.
They serve what they call a bag lunch which consists of a sandwich, chips or slaw, a pickle, cookie, and a drink. They open in the morning so people heading out to the Manitou Islands can pick up a bag lunch before they get on the ferry.
I got the South Shore sandwich which is: ham, dill Havarti cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and pesto mayo on a pretzel bun. It was an amazingly delicious sandwich and of course, you would expect the cheese shanty to have superb cheese. Luckily I remembered to take a pic of it even after I had it half eaten. I have a habit of eating something as soon as I get it and forget about the photo.
If you visit Fishtown be sure to pick up a bag lunch from the Village Cheese shop. The nice thing is you can take it with you and eat it later. Someplace like the Grand Traverse Lighthouse or the Woolsey Memorial Airport.
Their website and menu can be found HERE
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