The Escanaba area has a lot of storied culinary traditions. Some are still going strong, while others have come and gone over the years. Beloved Delona Restaurant, located right between Escanaba and Gladstone, occupies a middle ground between these two extremes. After financial troubles forced it to shut its doors in 2013, it reopened about a year later under new ownership. New owners Dan and Holly DeGrave look poised to restore the place to its former glory — and possibly start a new tradition right in the heart of Delta County.
Let’s take a look under Delona’s hood, shall we?
Even before the recent ownership change, Delona has always made room for breakfast specialties on its expansive menu. Here are just a few of the too-good-to-be-true dishes made fresh and to order in the kitchen here:
- Corned beef hash (with eggs)
- Sirloin and egg breakfast
- Country fried steak
- Buttermilk cakes with your choice of breakfast meat
- Thick cut Texas French toast
- Cheesy eggs Benedict
- Delona breakfast platter (a country-style “full breakfast” with eggs, meat, toast and more)
- Made to order omelets
Lunch and Dinner
Delona doesn’t survive on breakfast alone, of course. Whether you’re passing through the area during the middle of the day or want to make a night out of it with a wholesome country-style dinner, you’re sure to find something to love here. Take a look at these lunch and dinner specialties, cooked just the way you like them:
- “Fishwich” sandwich
- Meatloaf sandwich with gravy
- Tuscan-style turkey wrap
- Chicken bacon wrap
- Hot beef plate with mashed potatoes
- Chicken fingers plate (perfect for the little ones, but generous enough for adults too!)
- Sizzlin’ sirloin with shrimp, pasta and more
- Classic fish and chips (more on this one in a moment)
- “Supreme” burgers with your choice of toppings and fixin’s
- Beer battered shrimp plate
Don’t Forget the Fish Fry
Did we mention that Delona also has a Friday night fish fry? Well, they do. Traditionally the busiest night of the restaurant’s week, Friday night is a great time to chow down on an endless plate of fish with your choice of potatoes. If the fish and chips here doesn’t quite satisfy your appetite, this is your ticket to glorious fullness.
Location and Hours
Delona is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week. It’s located right on U.S. Highway 2 between Gladstone and Escanaba — look for the cozy log cabin-style building between 18.3 Road and P Road. If you want to call ahead or inquire about large group arrangements, Delona can be reached at (906) 553-7258.