A happy accident
My son, Ian, was selected to be part of the Governor's Honor Guard at the fort on Mackinac Island. This constituted a long day for us but we left the house at 5:10am to begin the 5+ hour trip to Mackinaw City for the ferry drop off.
We stopped in Schoolcraft, Mi (about 45 minutes from out home in Elkhart, In0 at MarJo's for breakfast. I have eaten here several times over the years. I had the MarJo Omelet. It was huge stuffed with sausage, swiss cheese, potatoes, onions and covered with sausage gravy. Along with a side of whole wheat toast and it was a satisfying meal. Kathy, my wife, chose the breakfast sandwich on an English muffin with eggs, ham and cheese. It was so full of ingredients that she could eat as a sandwich she had to use a fork and knife. Ian, as always, chose a very big meal. The sampler, two scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, sausage, hash browns and 3 pancakes. He finished it all.
We successfully dropped Ian off at the Boy Scout loading area. After an hour of everybody arriving, loading, etc. we gave him goodbye kisses and hugs and started to head back south. Kathy was napping as I drove and drove and drove. I realized that something had gone wrong and I should have turned a long time ago. Kathy woke up and asked where we were and I informed her that we were sort of lost. She mentioned that she was getting hungry (it was now 1:45pm and the big breakfast was a long time ago). I told we would get off at the next exit. It happened to be Grayling, Mi.
We had no clue as to what restaurants might be there. As we were coming into a busy area of town Kathy noticed a sign painted on a building, Goodale's Bakery turn right 1 block, Hot Lunches. We did as instructed and turned right. It was 2:00pm and this little bakery was packed. They had a meat case where you could order fresh made sandwiches on a variety of their housemade breads and buns, they had a selection of hot dishes, they had cases of fresh made pastries, cookies and donuts.
I settled on the beef pasty w/gravy and a side of mac and cheese. Kathy got the pulled pork on a housemade Kaiser roll. While I liked the filling of the pasty very much I wasn't thrilled with the dough/pastry part of it. I guess, having lived in England for 3 years, I am a purist when it comes to pasties. I like the harder, flaky crusts and this one was soft and doughy. The mac and cheese was very tasty. Kathy really liked her pulled pork (especially the bun). We picked up some excellent chocolate chocolate chip cookies for the road. I would have liked to spend a lot more time and $$ there but we had to get back on track and headed home.
If you are ever traveling on I-75 near Grayling, Mi I would recommend a stop at Goodale's Bakery. I am sure you will not be disappointed.