I’ll have a burger with a side order of taxidermy.

I’ll have a burger with a side order of taxidermy.

There is a wonderfully kitschy restaurant in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, called The Antlers. These pictures cannot even begin to show how appropriately named it is.  From the minute you walk in, you are greeted by over 200 stuffed and mounted animals and antler decor. The majority of the animals are ones that you would expect – deer, moose, boar, and the like.  But there are also more exotic ones:

antlers lions

antlers polar bear

The history of the place is just as interesting as its theme.  The Antlers has been around for a very long time. The original name of this restaurant was The Bucket of Blood Saloon. Its front was an ice cream parlor during Prohibition days, but when the sweet shop was showing a huge profit of $900, government officials got suspicious.  The restaurant is also supposedly haunted, and has been featured on the show “My Ghost Stories.”

But back to the animals.  I am not exaggerating when I say that there are very few items in the restaurant that are without this sort of decor.  Take, for example,  this lamp:

antlers lamp

And I had to laugh when I saw the restroom door:

antlers rest room

You would think that a restaurant with this much going on would stop there.  But there’s more.  They also have several boat whistles, horns, and bells that get played frequently. It’s a fun place to eat, kids love it, and what’s more, the food is good.  We had a great evening there.

antlers decor 1

So if you find yourself on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and are looking for a unique place to dine, check out Antlers.  It will certainly be a memorable meal!

The Antlers is located at 804 East Portage Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI.  Telephone 906-253-1728

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