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The Bluebird Restaurant & Bar

7 January 2012 No Comment

The Bluebird in LelandThe Bluebird Restaurant & Bar

102 River St., Leland, MI 49654-5039

256-9081

www.leelanau.com/bluebird/

For over 80 years, the Bluebird has been the gathering place in Leland for locals and tourists alike. From the casual 100 seat bar, to the more elegant, scenic dining room on the banks of the Leland River, the Bluebird tradition of excellence is always apparent. Long known for the finest whitefish and perch in Northern Michigan, the Bluebird is constantly striving to raise the level of quality across the board, to include the finest steaks available, our own fresh pasta, wood smoked ribs, and the freshest, flown-in seafood.

Dinner at The Bluebird RestaurantThe menu contains many timeless favorites, and the nightly specials often consist of cutting edge cuisine that is unmatched in the area. The finest quality wine, beer, and spirits are also a priority. Of course we take great pride in our devoted, trained, professional staff, some of whom have been with us for over 30 years! A trip to the Bluebird will reward you with a great meal and a great time, at a reasonable price.

WEDDING REHEARSAL DINNERS – The past few years, we have been specializing in Rehearsal Dinners. Our riverfront dining room is an ideal place for your event, from 10 – 60 people, year round (except November) We will make your event special, at a price that will certainly please you. Call 231-256-9081 and ask for Lynn.

Fall/Winter Hours – Dining Room is now closed for the season, until Thanksgiving Day.

Tavern is open until Saturday, Oct 30th. The Tavern will re-open on Wednesday, November 23rd @ 4:00, then open Friday and Saturday, just the Dining Room open on Thanksgiving from 11:30 til 5.

The Tavern will re-open for the winter season on December 14th. Our winter schedule will be: Wed/Thurs are Ethnic Nites, schedule being finalized. Friday will be our enormously popular 1/2 price Pizza Nite. Saturday will feature our Tavern Buffet and dinner specials. Closed Sun. Mon. Tues.

Martin Telgard, a boat builder and wife Leone opened the Bluebird in 1927 as a small sandwich and soda shop and it has remained in family hands ever since. With Martin’s talents as a craftsman and Leone’s dedication to excellence in the kitchen, the “Bird” slowly grew to be a restaurant and became the place to be when in Leland. Martin passed away in 1961 and Leone continued on, cooking every meal until her retirement in the mid-’70s.

All the while, Leland slowly evolved from a sleepy fishing village into a booming tourist town. Son Jim and his wife Nancy, both involved in the business since the ’50s, took over for a long stint, during which the Bluebird expanded its space to the present 10,000 sq.ft, and became one of the areas most popular dining establishments. Today, a third generation of Telgards run the business, now a 180 seat restaurant and a bar area which seats 100. The restaurant still serves its award winning whitefish and famous cinnamon rolls exactly the same way Leone and Martin first did in the early days.

Great Food & Service!!! On a very busy 4th of July Sunday, we accidently ran into this seemingly run of the mill pub & grill. Wow were we surprized once our food arrived. I had the best ever Rueben, my wife had the fish & chips which she said was “way better” than any of the upscale resturants we frequent “down state”. My teenage boys split the pizza which was to die for!!! The Waitress was very attentive and our beverages were never empty. Recommended highly!

I am so glad that I can report that our party of 6 adults and 5 children had a marvelous meal at the Blue Bird last week. The whitefish was fresh and flaky, the duck (a special that day) was cleverly prepared with a blueberry relish, my sons loved it. The salad bar was fresh with no hint of that “bag smell” on the greens. And of course the cinnamon rolls served before each meal are to die for. Since we have been going to the Blue Bird for years, I was relieved that the same quality has been maintained. Must also comment on the lovely garden and view from the dining rooms. We certainly recommend.

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