August 5, 2020

Janice Binkert | Author

Small Batch at the Cupola

July 11, 2020

Adorning the Small Batch logo is a friendly-looking bee, wings outspread. It could be a symbol for Lauretta Reiss, creative director and owner of the restaurant, bakery, and catering service that falls under the Small Batch heading. Reiss is the essential heart and soul of the whole opera... Read More >>

The Tale of TC's Taste of India

Feb. 15, 2020

While its cuisine is exotic by Northern Michigan standards, Taste of India’s location — namely, the food court at Grand Traverse Mall — is quite the opposite. However, judging by the number of customers who line up daily at the ordering counter to feast on everything... Read More >>

Cook Up a New Valentine's Tradition

Feb. 8, 2020

Valentine’s Day is a time where we’re urged to splurge on fancy chocolates, an extravagant bouquet of flowers, dinner out at an elegant restaurant, and/or an appropriately embellished greeting card filled with sweet declarations of affection.
That said, it sur...

Tucker's of Northport

Feb. 1, 2020

It’s winter now, and the snow isn’t going away for a while. But you have choices: You can hibernate at home and wait for the thaw, or you can take advantage of all the fun things to do — and fun places to eat — during this quieter season in northern Michigan. O... Read More >>

Kingsley's Judson Market & Restaurant

Jan. 18, 2020

It’s not always easy to be the new kid on the block, but Judson Market & Restaurant, which debuted in Kingsley on Nov. 4, has been welcomed into the community with open arms. The ... Read More >>

The Thistle Pub & Grill

Dec. 21, 2019

On an early December morning, the outdoor temperature at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville registered 22 degrees (minus wind chill). Snowmaking machines on the slopes above Kinlochen Lodge roared like jet engines, spewing curtains of white powder on the natural base that had al... Read More >>

North Peak Brewing Company

Dec. 7, 2019

Located in a historic three-story yellow brick structure that has been a landmark in Traverse City since 1904, when it was built to house the Big Daylight Candy Factory. North Peak Brewing Company established its own place in the town’s history in 1997 when it opened as one of the t... Read More >>

Park Street Café

Nov. 30, 2019

Just in time for the holidays, this package could be exactly what you’ve been wishing for. Wrapped up right now in festive garland and lights, the cozy Park Street Café is a welcome oasis for gourmet coffee drinks and high-quality breakfast and lunch offerings – and... Read More >>

Harbor Springs' Willow

Nov. 23, 2019

Harbor Springs is the quintessence of a traditional Northern Michigan resort village. With its quaint downtown streets and shops, its sheltered harbor, and its stately “cottages” tucked away in wooded waterfront enclaves, it evokes a vintage Currier & Ives print. And i... Read More >>

Right Brain Brewery's Naughty Girl Stout

Nov. 23, 2019

We are among those crazy (or not so crazy?) people who love the combination of chocolate and beer, who crave that play of rich and sweet against refreshing and bitter. And when it comes together in liquid form as a stout? Sign us up. But Right Brain Brewery’s Naughty Girl Stout (ABV... Read More >>

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 >>