The words, “Flint, Michigan,” are not exactly synonymous with “vacation destination.” In recent years the once burgeoning city has made national headlines for all the wrong reasons. However, the cultural growth and development that has occurred over the last decade just might surprise you. With the addition of campus housing and more on-site students at the University of Michigan’s Flint Campus, the need for easily accessible eateries has grown. The community has responded with a variety of choices for both students and local residents. William Bailey Travel reviews some of the best dining options you won’t want to miss in Flint.
Here are a few downtown places that you need to check out.
- The Flint Farmer’s Market
Long-time residents were not happy when discussion first surfaced regarding relocating the Market from the location that it held for nearly 74 years. Locals feared that the new location at the former Flint Journal printing facility, at 300 East First Street, would not have the same charm or community feeling that residents experienced at the old location. Whereas the atmosphere may be different, the community feeling is alive and thriving. With over fifty vendors visitors can get anything from cooking demonstrations, fresh fruit and regionally produced wines to homemade soap and essential oils. Though the market is opened year-round, it still maintains limited hours during the week. Tuesdays and Thursdays it is open from 9am-5pm. Saturdays start at 8am and close at 5pm. More information about vendors and events can be found at flintfarmersmarket.com.
- The Flint Crepe Company
This little restaurant at 555 South Saginaw is a great representation of what happens when a small idea comes with great vision. The ten words that welcome you on the homepage of their website tell you all you need to know: savory & sweet crepes, locally roasted coffee, local ingredient, homemade food. Prices range from $4-11 depending on the ingredients selected. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 7am to 4pm, Friday and Saturday 7am to 9pm. More information can be found at flintcrepe.com or 810-336-3308.
- Blackstone’s Pub and Grill
If crepes aren’t your thing just head a few doors north to the Blackstone’s Pub and Grill. Self-labeled as a “not-so-Irish, Irish pub,” the restaurant offers pub fare in a more than pub-like atmosphere. Located at 531 South Saginaw Street (in the old Blackstone’s Department Store location) they offer a great destination for business lunches, casual dinners, and family gatherings. Prices are affordable with appetizers starting at $6 and main dishes topping out at $15. They even offer a College ID menu for local university and college students that offers a good meal for a decent price. As an added bonus the outdoor seating area offers a perfect spot for lunch and dinner in the summer months. Open from 11am-11pm, Monday through Thursday, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday (they are closed on Sundays), this pub and grill has something to offer for everyone. More information at blackstonesgrill.com.