I had heard a lot of good things about the food at Barski, so on a recent weekend trip with my father to his cabin in Lake County I made it a point to stop at this M-37 tavern just north of Baldwin, Michigan for a Friday evening supper.
Barski’s is a relatively new business that opened in a vacant building that was once the site of another watering hole called Ski’s. Perhaps the new name is the new proprietor’s way of paying homage to the former incarnation.
The cutlets were superb. The large slices of pork, coated in a tempura batter and deep fried, were accompanied by a tasty, made-from-scratch dipping sauce that had chunks of fresh pineapple. The large burger came with a generous slice of ham, a fried egg and a relish of chopped dill pickles. After two bites I decided that the only way to attack the juicy mélange was with a knife and fork. Sam’s fish dinner was also very good. The filets were coated with the same tempura batter and then deep fried to a golden brown. Both meals were accompanied by generous sides of fries and slaw.
Barski’s is building a solid reputation as being a roadside diner that offers fresh ingredients and friendly service. It is a winning combination. I have a feeling that if you stop by this M-37 tavern for lunch or dinner you won’t be disappointed.
Barski’s 4016 S. M37, Baldwin, MI 49304. Hours of business: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday noon to midnight.