One of the reasons I decided to get a little farm in my southwest Michigan "neighborhood" was because of The Journeyman Cafe. And it seems I bought the property just in time. In the summer it was profiled in the Chicago Tribune's travel section by restaurant critic Phil Vettel and just a few weeks ago it was named one of the best farm-to-table restaurants by Gourmet.
Chef Matthew Millar sends beautiful, hearty food out from the kitchen, and wife Amy Cook runs the front of the house. They're always one of my first stops when I arrive so that I have bread from their wood-fired oven for sandwiches. They are proof positive that a chef doesn't need fancy white tablecloths and an unlimited food budget to celebrate local food. A great spot to have just a few miles up the road.