Tiffany’s – Frankenmuth, MI

Has it been a ridiculously long amount of time since my first post? Yes. Am I going to have to start eating a little less and writing a little more? Clearly.

I love using an adverb as a sentence.

Frankenmuth is a wonderful little Michigan gem that you must experience for yourself. Maybe you have some preconceived notions about Frankenmuth that have kept you from visiting. Let me clear those up for you.

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“Isn’t that the Christmas store place? Is that all there is to do?” Yes, you will find Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth. It is a ginormous store filled with every Christmas decoration, village, lawn ornament, and musical Santa you could imagine. No, it is not all there is to do. There is also – Grandpa Tiny’s Farm, Bavarian Inn Castle Shops, Bavarian Belle Riverboat,The Lager Mill, Michigan’s Military & Space Museum, Zehnder’s Splash Village, Riverplace Shops…yup, way more than the Christmas store.

“Isn’t Frankemuth for old people” This, asked of me recently by an Ohioan, is just a dumb question.

“Is there anything else to eat besides those famous chicken dinners?”  Oh yeah.Image

Tiffany’s kind of goes against the Frankemuthian grain. You won’t find a lot of German-themed fare here. Tiffany’s serves pastas and pizzas that are way above par. They also offer a lot of seafood dishes including the Giant Juicy Clam Strips (seriously, the biggest clam strips I have ever seen) and Walleye fillet, both enjoyed thoroughly by my dining companions. They were nice enough to give me a bite (P.S. if you go to dinner with me, I’m gonna need a bite) and those dishes certainly satisfied. Their pastas, pizza doughs, and sauces are all made by hand fresh each day. I chose the Bourbon Street Pasta which had crawfish and Cajun seasoning tossed in a creamy sauce with linguini. It was perfectly spicy and creamy – I love a rich seafood pasta.

Tiffany’s also offers various specialty spirits. Many of them come with your own Tiffany’s glass to take home!Image

If you haven’t done the Bavarian Inn or Zehnder’s chicken dinner thing, you probably should. It’s a whole comfort food, costumed waitress, family-style, weird bean salad that no one ever eats, Frankenmuth-tastic ordeal. If you want something else, definitely stop at Tiffany’s. And tell them I sent you.

That won’t mean anything to them or get you any sort of special deal, but it will feel cool. Trust me.

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2 responses

  1. I still dream about the Chicken Alfredo I had at Tiffany’s. I thought I was going with something safe and unadventurous–boring, I thought. I was totally wrong. This dish blew my mind–rich and creamy, delicately spiced with nutmeg, homemade noodles, grilled chicken that rivals my dads (and that’s saying something!), and so filling! My favorite dinner of the trip!

    Grandpa Tiny’s Farm was my favorite part of the trip, I must say. Not at all gimmicky or touristy. The family that operates this small working farm is local (for many generations), they’re passionate about conserving the history of their farm, and love what they do. Don’t be afraid to pet the animals–your tour guide (ours was a sweet high school boy–the son of the owner) will introduce you and give you a brief history. Their animals are obviously loved. I am still amazed that not a lot of people get the chance to see farm animals up close–to pet horses, sheep, goats, cows…see baby rabbits and chicks hatching. Oh, and get sqawked at by naughty peacocks. :)

    Thanks for having me along on the Frankenmuth trip, Beki! I had never been there before, but I would love to go back and explore a bit more!

  2. It’s been a really long time since I’ve been to Frankenmuth, and I’ve never been to Tiffany’s. It’s time to go back, and I definitely want to try Tiffany’s. I do remember the Zhender’s fried chicken, and it was very good. I recall it being better than your average fried chicken. But Tiffany’s sounds more adventurous. I know I’d have a hard time choosing what to have for dinner. Maybe I’d have to go with a lot of people so I could taste a variety of entrees :)

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