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The Cherry Hut

246 Michigan Ave., Beulah, MI - (231) 882-4431
Posted By Michael Stern on 9/30/2002 8:48:00 AM
We cannot tell a lie: our favorite way to eat cherries in northwestern Michigan is to stop at a farm stand in the summer and get a bag of washed ones. They are dark maroon, nearly black; their skin is taut, and their flesh is firm and full of nectar. When you buy them by the side of the road they are usually warm from the sun, and there is something about the pop of their skin and that summer-temperature cherry juice flooding the tongue that makes eating these fruits by the bagful of the greatest car snacks anywhere

Our second favorite way to enjoy cherries is to visit The Cherry Hut, a roadside eatery opened in 1922 dedicated to the glories of Michigan’s sweetest crop. Once totally al fresco and serving nothing but cherry pie, this cheerful place now has indoor tables and a short menu of farmland comfort food including biscuit-topped chicken pie and chicken salad dotted with dried tart cherries. Still, the one most important thing to eat is a slice of cherry pie, either a la mode or au naturel. Loaded with bright red cherries, it is sweet and a little tart, with a flaky crust that adds a savory note. This superb pie is made from the same recipe that has defined cherry pie excellence now for more than three-quarters of a century.

Post-pie, most visitors buy jams, jellies, and souvenirs from the Cherry Hut store. Whole pies are available to go.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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The Cherry Hut recipe for pie is simple and basic. Of course, the cherries are from local trees.
"The Cherry Hut recipe for pie is simple and basic. Of course, the cherries are from local trees."
Michael Stern





Cheery Jerry, the cherry pie-faced boy, has been the mascot of this roadside stand for decades. For a short while years ago, the ventilation for the top crust of each pie was a quartet of cuts that were made to look like Jerry's eyes, nose and mouth. The artistry was abandoned because when the pies baked, the cherry juice leaked and it sometimes looked like Jerry was suffering a facial hemorrhage.
"Cheery Jerry, the cherry pie-faced boy, has been the mascot of this roadside stand for decades. For a short while years ago, the ventilation for the top crust of each pie was a quartet of cuts that were made to look like Jerry's eyes, nose and mouth. The artistry was abandoned because when the pies baked, the cherry juice leaked and it sometimes looked like Jerry was suffering a facial hemorrhage."
Michael Stern


Health drink, Northern Michigan style: sweet Cherry Ade.
"Health drink, Northern Michigan style: sweet Cherry Ade."
Michael Stern


Sugar is heaped on tart cherries to make the filling for a Cherry Hut pie.
"Sugar is heaped on tart cherries to make the filling for a Cherry Hut pie."
Michael Stern


Each pie is made by hand from a recipe that dates back to the earliest days of the Cherry Hut, some eighty years ago.
"Each pie is made by hand from a recipe that dates back to the earliest days of the Cherry Hut, some eighty years ago."
Michael Stern



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