Wooden Nickel Pub and Grill

461 Gibbs City Rd
Iron River, 49935
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Outstanding Bar with great service and even better patronage. Walking into this bar changes your mood because the folks from belly-ups to bar-keeps make you smile and change the mood. If you are riding the Iron River trails, go out of your way to visit this A-frame to make your day a better one!

(906) 265-5861

Pubs, American (Traditional)

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The Pasty Corner

825 W Adams St
Iron River, 49935
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We vacation in the Upper Peninsula every summer, and we've tried pasties from all over--but these are the best we've ever found. We've often driven 40 miles to visit the Pasty Corner. They are best enjoyed fresh in the store, but you can stock up with some frozen ones, and they are pretty darn good, too.
About Pastes: First of all there are some places trying to make pastes trendy by creating bastardizing recipes to appeal to the Hipsters. So go to it, but I'll stick with the traditional U.P. traditional Cornish Pasty. You could not get me to eat a rutabaga on it's own if you bribed me, but baked in a pasty adds flavor. There used to be more pasty stores in the U.P. but that has faded a little as the population has declined in the past twenty years. Savor The Pasty Corner a neat clean little restaurant on the West side of town. A perfect lunch or supper. One should be plenty but two will fill any massive hunger. I like a little spicy mustard to go with and since I can't get a proper pasty where I live I have to depend on the little mustard packets in the store, which is rather plain. I have fond memories when I was a child and we would buy a bag full of pastes to take up to the deep woods of Iron County and eat in a rustic cabin while they were still warm. This store is professional, helpful and friendly and very reasonable. Don't sound ignorant and pronounce as a Paste-ees that of course is entirely different. These are Past-Tees!
Simpler is better. This is the real deal pasty place. They don't waste time on frills because they put all of their energy into their pasty perfection. Friendly folks with a simple menu. A beef pasty with or without rutabaga. This local mom and pop quick stop won't disappoint!

(906) 265-3022

American (Traditional)

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Alice’s

402 W Adams St
Iron River, 49935
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Needless to say, I was very under impressed. I for-went dinner at Zippidy-Duda's, a tried and true favorite of mine, for Alice's because 1) I clearly like trying new places and 2) Yelpers gave it a 4.5 average from 5 reviews. I unfortunately did not have a 5-start experience. As with many of my reviews, I begin reviewing/taking notes of places on the spot via the iPhone Yelp app (then come back to edit before posting), so take note that the bad experience at the end did not cloud my notes from earlier. From the outside, driving West down Adams, you'll see Alice's from 4th and Adams, and at first you might think it looks closed. But then you drive past the parking lot and you realize how hopping it really is. "This place must be really good," I had beamed excitedly to Chad. The decor is nice with a completely red and black theme, and romantic lighting. Dark red walls, black table clothes, red and black window curtains, and red chairs with black brims. Reminds me a lot of Minneapolis' "Hell's Kitchen" minus the live music and artsy art. The art here is a mix of historical portraits and gaudy signs. First up on the dinner docket was the bread basket, which included what tasted like microwaved buns and a soggy onion bread thing; though the fried garlic breadsticks (think cookie-like sticks) were quite tasty. Basket was served with cold butter - how do you spread it?? And the menu let you know that it's $1.50 for another basket. On my first visits to any establishment, I go with my tried and true method of asking our waitress for menu selections (even if the menu was only two pages). She suggested the Italian's Delight, and that it was big enough to share. So we did. We were delightfully surprised when both of us got the option of a soup or salad. We took both. The soup was a chicken lemon grass thing... the soup itself was decent but the noodles were weak and the chicken looked like spam and tasted odd. The salad was essentially lettuce and sesame nuts, with one slice of cucumber, one slice of a wedge of tomato, and a slice of beet. I'm pretty sure when we asked what was in the salad, she had used the plural versions of each vegetable. Our dinner, the Italian Delight, was a triad of gnocchi, ravioli, and noodles in a red sauce with one meatball and one large italian sausage. I'm seeing a theme of one here; though in this case it wasn't a problem as the protein were a healthy portion. A few bites in, I decided the gnocchi was the best, followed by noodles and last, the ravioli, which tasted gritty like it was not quite properly re-warmed. Then Chad made a face and pulled out a white hair from his mouth after the first bite of ravioli. We looked at each other, then at our own heads... Chad's hair is brown and I've got black hair - it wasn't ours. We flagged down the lady in charge, who didn't say much besides take the plate to the kitchen. A few minutes later, our waitress came and asked if I wanted to box my portions, to which I responded with NO (duh?), and she left us our bill. In response to the hair, we got $5 off the $18 dish. $5? Really? We took two bites... Am I asking too much for expecting that portion to be comped? Or at least an apology? I would have expected, in the very least, to have meal replaced, or better, have it comped, and at most, the entire bill comped (the only other item we had was a $6.50 mushroom appetizer). On top of this, there was apparently a plate split of $4.75 (entirely unbeknownst to us... and I'm pretty sure was not on the menu). So much for being excited that Chad and I both got a starter plate. Overall, the experience was poor, from the food itself to the service. I was throughly disappointed. Did I mention our water glasses weren't even kept full?
Amazing Italian food!!! Homemade pasta, lasagna is to die for!!! Will go back many, many times whenever we are back through town. I only wish it were closer to my hometown so I could go all the time!
OK its the only show in town I get draged to the palce and wow the foods not bad had a steak, ok not great but ok, the pasta is what they are known for kind of Italian thing goin on, and wow more than a grizzily can eat so I am now hooked on Alices!

(906) 265-4764

Italian

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Riverside Bar & Pizzeria

98 E Genesee St
Iron River, 49935
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Everybody's got their own favorite "this is the best pizza on the planet" pick. This one is mine. What's different about my pick compared to most others is that mine isn't in New York City, or Chicago, or Milan. No, it's in Iron River, Michigan, which is an ever-shrinking former iron ore mining town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan whose heyday was probably in the World War II era. But the last of the mines closed down a generation ago, and Iron River isn't exactly "on the way" to any more prominent destinations. Ergo, it's unlikely that most people would ever find themselves in striking distance of this fine pizza. About this Riverside Pizza: 1) It's a cracker crust deal. Very very thin and crispy, which offers great texture in a way that doesn't get in the way of the flavor of the toppings and sauce. 2) The sauce is excellent! It's really zesty and offers up a strong tomato flavor. 3) The pizza is cut into tiny little squares. They're about an inch and a half to two inches. This is something of a double edged sword in terms of your eating strategy. You don't have to commit to a whole big slice the way you do with a regular pie slice. However, for the very same reason, you can usually stuff at least three or four more pieces down your pie-hole even after your belly declares that you are stuffed. 4) Toppings here are simple. There's sausage and mushrooms and and onions and pepperoncini style pickled peppers. Most people eat some combination of those three items. You can also get a pepperoni if you must (although the sausage is the thing--and those peppers--trust me). I'm a #8 man myself. I visit Iron River about once a year and naturally make sure I stop in once or twice. The other 364 days a year I dream about this pizza.
Best pizza in the world. Period. All my friends and family from out of town have to get Riverside when they visit Iron River. The ones that can't make the visit want it shipped to them frozen. You can't really do that but it says something about the quality of this hometown favorite. I've eaten a lot of pizza in my day, but nothing ever comes close to Riverside.
A very good pizza indeed. My wife and I were lucky enough to land in Iron River one night and upon the recommendation of my cuz, we went to Riverside. We ended up ordering a #5 and were extremely please with the flavor and temperature. They had a good variety of beers, lots of Packer, and NASCAR memorabilia, friendly and attentive staff. This pizza just bumped one of my favorites out of the top 5.

(906) 265-9944

Pizza

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Mr T’s Family Restaurant

3599 US Hwy 2
Iron River, 49935
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Place was just okay. Got soup and salad... Salad looked like it was old... Staff was friendly enough... But the kicker was that our order had been in 15 min prior to a table of two showing up. Their food was delivered 10 min before ours. I would try somewhere else before I came back.
A popular little place along U.S. 2 does a brisk business and for good reason. The portions are generous so prepare to fill up or ready to pack in a take home box. The atmosphere is unpretentious and the servers are rushed but courteous. As soon as we were seated menus were placed and drink orders taken. There will be a wait for the order but you will be amazed at the home cooking and mostly made from scratch servings. I had the Ravioli which comes with two soft bread sticks and thick red sauce. My wife had the Pork Chop special with the idea that I would help her finish. There are two thick chops and smooth well whipped mashed potatoes covered with what I'm sure is homemade gravy. The vegetable was peas which were about room temperature and soggy. Coffee refills were quick but don't expect gourmet coffee. Worth four stars for menu variety and service. Reduced a star due to noticeable dust on the counters and strewn napkins and various discarded food items on the floor.
After a long and tiring day of skiing, we were starving and ready for dinner. Since Mr. T's was closest to our hotel, we tried it first, and boy, were we glad we did. Unlike most diners I've been in, the owners of this one put some money into modernizing the table and seating so it doesn't look like it's stuck in the 70's/80's. It's bright, clean and charming. We love the waitress we got. She wasn't cloying and fake friendly. She was a no nonsense, northern hardy local who did her job well and efficiently. The food was really good - better than most diners I've been in. It's very affordable and you get a big portion. We tried the local pizza joint the next day but still came back to Mr. T's for dessert. Next time we're back, we'll just stick to this place because it really is the best Iron River has to offer, and there isn't much to begin with.

(906) 265-4741

Pizza

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Ski Brule

397 Brule Mountain Rd
Iron River, 49935
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(906) 265-4957

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Up North Bar & Grille

207 W Genesee St
Iron River, 49935
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(906) 265-9413

Bars, American (Traditional)

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Snipe Lake Pub & Grill

675 Baumgartner Rd
Iron River, 49935
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(906) 265-5000

Bars, Restaurants

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Main Street Cafe

321 W Genesee St
Iron River, 49935
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(906) 265-2888

Breakfast & Brunch, American (Traditional)

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Beef-A-Roo

727 Riverside Plz
Iron River, 49935
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(906) 265-5266

Burgers, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt

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