As I was reviewing my notes from my dining experiences over the past five years for an upcoming State of the Northern Michigan Restaurant Industry article, I constantly found Modes Bum Steer with positive reviews in my notes. In fact, in the 50-plus times I have dined at Modes over the past five years, I described each experience as exceptional.
Recently I met with Epicurean Classic founder Mark Dressler who is returning the event to Traverse City (September 8-11). Dressler pointed out that one deciding factor to return the event to the region was the quality and commitment of the culinary scene in the area.
With so many new offerings in the region, sometimes there might be a tendency to overlook the classic places like Modes, Hermanns and the Rowe Inn.
Anita and her husband Bob opened Modes Bum Steer 36 years ago. Bob passed away four years ago this past July, but Anita and their daughter Skylar have kept the tradition going. In fact the whole team has kept that tradition of exceptional service and quality menu offerings going.
I stopped in last week to enjoy my favorite, their Rack of Lamb with a classic wedge and bleu cheese, and I overheard Anita talking about the fact that most of the staff has been with them for 20 to 30 years and the newbies take quickly to the Modes way of doing things.