November 21, 2019

Janice Binkert | Author

Palette Bistro

Sept. 21, 2019

Opened just short of a decade ago in downtown Petoskey, Palette Bistro was recently named one of 2019’s “Top 9 Best Small Town Restaurants in Michigan” by the online magazine Only in Your State. That came as no surprise to the many full-time and seasonal residents of... Read More >>

The Riv is Back!

Sept. 14, 2019

Even the name conjures up cozy images: The Riverside Inn. And this historic inn and restaurant in Leland, housed in a classic Northern Michigan-style white clapboard “cottage,” delivers plenty of cozy, no matter the season. The banks of the winding Leland River outside its... Read More >>

Broomstick Kitchen & Taphouse

Aug. 10, 2019

Burgers, brews, bacon and brooms — curling brooms, that is — turned out to be the stuff of restaurant dreams come true for Joey Reutter of the Broomstack Kitchen & Taphouse in Maple City. Reutter co-owns Broomstack with his wife, Jen, and their friends — and now ... Read More >>

Mission Table

June 22, 2019

Rising up and out from Traverse City for 18 miles between East Bay and West Bay, Old Mission Peninsula offers breathtaking blue water vistas that stretch for miles in each direction. But the landscape surrounded by the water is equally noteworthy: a unique microclimate with a bucolic ... Read More >>


May 25, 2019

Just a few short weeks ago, Chef Randy Minish, a Bellaire native and 2011 graduate of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute in Traverse City, launched his first restaurant, Terrain, with his sisters, Jenna Minish and Shana Minish, in his hometown — in the same building that housed the ... Read More >>

The Towne Plaza

May 18, 2019

Sooner or later, the weather in northern Michigan will warm up! And when it does, you might want to beat the summer crowds and head over to the Towne Plaza in Traverse City, where you can enjoy casual fine dining alfresco for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the prettiest outdoor... Read More >>

Cousin Jenny's

May 4, 2019

Pasties have a longstanding tradition ...


April 27, 2019

If Adam McMarlin had continued on the path that most everyone around him expected him to take, northern Michigan would have missed out on one very talented chef. Those who have already discovered Wren, the new restaurant he opened in Suttons Bay in August of last year, must certainly ... Read More >>

The Roadhouse

April 20, 2019

In spite of the catchy yellow, red, black, and green logo sign on the front of the historic building it calls home “at the top of the hill” in Benzonia, the Roadhouse sometimes fails to catch the attention of people driving by. Fortunately, enough of them find their way he... Read More >>

The Cooks' House

April 13, 2019

It’s a paradox: For two cooks whose cuisine speaks volumes, they prefer not to. They just want to cook. Eric Patterson and Jen Blakeslee, chef-owners of The Cooks’ House in Traverse City, celebrated the 11th anniversary of the restaurant on April 1 – not with champag... Read More >>

Sleder's Family Tavern

March 16, 2019

How can you not love a place “where people have come for over a hundred years to eat, drink beer, tell lies and kiss the moose”? Sleder’s Family Tavern — the oldest continually operating restaurant in Michigan — not only has a sense of humor but also a st... Read More >>

Trattoria Stella

March 9, 2019

Without a lot of vision and a big leap of faith, this well-loved and highly respected Traverse City eatery would never have come to be. Opening back in 2004, it was the first and only business in Building 50, part of the former State Hospital — also known as the Northern Michiga... Read More >>

Elevated Brunch

Feb. 23, 2019

The ultimate Sunday Funday starts with a stellar brunch. Turns out, so does any day you want to make extraordinary. Here, we profile five Northern eateries taking the art of brunch to new levels.

Brunch is a time-honored tradition in America, but most historians put its o... Read More >>

Wild at Heart

Feb. 9, 2019

Want to kick things up a notch this Valentine’s Day? Forget the predictable chocolates, flowers, wine, or jewelry — even the fancy restaurant dinner. A beautifully presented home-cooked dinner, made with love, is so much more personal. And why not think even more outside the b... Read More >>

Sauce at Incredible Mo's

Jan. 26, 2019

OK, so Incredible Mo’s isn’t just like home (unless, of course, home is a 35,000-square foot structure with a 16-lane bowling alley, huge arcade, laser tag and escape rooms, a little kids’ zone, and a full-service restaurant), but on some days and occasions, it might be ... Read More >>


Jan. 5, 2019

When they first met several years ago, Janene Silverman and Andrea Deibler could not have imagined how their very different lives, in places thousands of miles apart, would someday converge through their love of food and community. Through they didn’t discover it until much late... Read More >>

Mode's Bum Steer

Dec. 8, 2018

Although today’s downtown Traverse City boasts a large and bustling bar and restaurant scene, things were quite different when Anita and Bob Mode opened Mode’s Bum Steer on State Street over 40 years ago. Times and tastes have changed, the economy has had its ups and downs... Read More >>

The Buck is Back

Nov. 17, 2018

Outdoor sports are a huge draw for both locals and visitors in the area around Gaylord, including golfing, fishing, boating, swimming and skiing, as well as snowmobiling and hunting. The ubiquitousness of the latter pursuit no doubt influenced the naming and logo of the Big Buck Brewe... Read More >>

Divine Restaurant Duo: Sorellina & Slate

Nov. 3, 2018

As Traverse City’s restaurant scene continues to grow, two of its newer additions fill a gap — literally and figuratively — that brings both physical change and what its owners deem “market-niche diversity” to downtown’s Front Street. The intriguing... Read More >>

POUR Kitchen & Bar

Sept. 22, 2018

Fancy a creatively crafted cocktail or a fine glass of wine in sophisticated, yet unpretentious surroundings? Longing for exciting New American cuisine, reinterpreted to bring you a melting pot of global flavors? What if you could have both at the same place, right here in Northern Mi... Read More >>