If you need an excuse to eat a burger you have less than two weeks to indulge before National Hamburger Month expires at the end of May. I seized the opportunity to stop at Clyde’s Drive-In when I passed through St. Ignace on the way home from the UP office last Friday.
They’ve been flipping burgers at Clyde’s since 1949, when the local favorite opened in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The #2 Clyde’s is in Manistique and the St. Ignace drive-in was #3, but is now independent of the mini-chain.
We’ve driven pass the classic St. Ignace joint a billion times over the years but have eaten there only once or twice before.
On this trip the timing was right for a Clyde’s burger to fortify me for the 5-hour journey down I-75. I pulled in alongside a handful of other vehicles lined up for curb service, and the carhop (in sweatshirt to combat the chilly UP air) took my order of coffee, cheeseburger and fries.
Instead of staring at the glass-walled diner while I ate, I headed across US-2 to Bridge View Park so I could watch the water, seagulls and Mackinac Bridge through my windshield.
The waterfront park, just west of the Mighty Mac bridge, is a hidden gem, with walking path, benches, picnic tables, grills, and restrooms. It’s accessible from the Mackinac Bridge fare plaza and US-2 (follow the signs to the Father Marquette National Monument and continue south).
The 1/4 pound burger seemed more like a half pounder—can’t imagine tackling the 3/4 pound “Big C.” But, in the name of research, I may have to try.