September 19, 2019

Janice Binkert | Author

Knot Just a Bar

Aug. 25, 2018

Did you know that there is “Knot” just one establishment under this name, but two? Pardon the pun, but it’s hard to resist getting on board with the catchy wordplay that Knot Just a Bar owner-operators David and Amanda Waskiewicz employ liberally on their menu (&ldqu... Read More >>

The Good Bowl

Aug. 18, 2018


In 1979, Soon Hagerty’s parents and their seven children fled an uncertain future in post-war Vietnam as “boat people” with the dream of finding a safe and promising new life in the United States. They were among the lucky ones who made it, settling in... Read More >>

Ingredients: Adventures in the Unfamiliar

Aug. 11, 2018

If you’re anything like me, you’ll agree that here in northwest Michigan, this is the best time of year to “veg out.” No, I don’t mean sit inside at home and vegetate in front of the TV — I mean rush out to your local farmers market and get in on th... Read More >>

The Roost at Bay Bread Co.

July 28, 2018

Stacey Wilcox, co-owner of the Bay Bread Company with her husband, Steve, since 20O3, emphasizes that The Roost upstairs from the bakery is basically just “overflow seating,” but there’s no denying that to her, personally — and to many others — it’s... Read More >>

Smoke & Fire: BBQ 101

July 7, 2018

Barbecue is cooking at its most elemental, dating back to early humans’ discovery of fire. It’s something people all over the world have in common, from the Far East to the Middle East, from the South Pacific to South America, from Asia to Africa, and of course right here ... Read More >>

Boat to Dinner

July 7, 2018

So you’ve been out frolicking on the water in your boat all day, and you’ve worked up an appetite! You’re ready to feel solid ground under your feet again and enjoy some yummy food in a casual atmosphere. We’ve got you covered, with seven unique Northern Michigan r... Read More >>

Cherry Republic's Grand Cafe´& Bakery

June 30, 2018

The culture and philosophy of Cherry Republic, founded by Glen Arbor native Bob Sutherland in 1989 in his hometown and now comprising six stores throughout Michigan, is summed up in its intentionally lighthearted mantra: “Life, Liberty, Beaches and Pie.” By extension, the ... Read More >>

Charlevoix’s French Quarter

June 23, 2018

You’ve no doubt heard the old adage “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.” Well, at the New Orleans-inspired French Quarter bistro in Charlevoix, there is a strong case for taking that philosophy to heart, because the lunch and dinner specialties there are so intriguing... Read More >>

Harbor Cafe

May 26, 2018

Kay Clark may not have had any restaurant experience, nor had she ever aspired to work in a restaurant[1] , but she certainly had the hospitality aspect down pat when, in 2011, she took the bold step of buying the Harbor Café, which had been shuttered for a number of years. Sh... Read More >>

Raduno's Butcher's Lunch

May 19, 2018

Andrea Deibler is the butchery specialist among the highly talented trio of chef-owners at Raduno delicatessen and café in Traverse City. “We source locally and humanely raised whole animals, and I make a variety of products from them,” said Deibler. One of her specialt... Read More >>

Stella's Perfect Negroni

May 19, 2018

It’s not vanity that prompted the owners of Trattoria Stella and The Franklin in Traverse City to include the word “perfect” in naming its proprietary negroni cocktail, explained Stella bartender Andy Betka, but rather, the perfect classic balance of strong, bitter, and ... Read More >>


May 19, 2018

The 16th floor of the Grand Traverse Resort’s tower is a perfect place to enjoy the changing scene that spring is bringing — and not just outside the 360-degree sweep of windows that afford panoramic views of East Grand Traverse Bay and the surrounding countryside from every s... Read More >>

Eat Your Way from Mackinaw to Manistee: Summer's Restaurant Road

May 12, 2018

The 150-mile section of US-31 that stretches from Mackinaw to Manistee is one of the most scenic and historically interesting routes you’ll find anywhere. And our warm-weather months are a great time to experience its timeless allure. Winding through forests and fields, along the La... Read More >>

Mammoth Distilling’s Wooly Rye

May 12, 2018

First, let’s get the technical stuff out of the way: Mammoth Wooly Rye Reserve is 92 proof, 46 percent alcohol, and contains 88 percent pure Michigan rye — the rest is brewer’s malt. The elegant (yet if you look closely, whimsical) label on its flask-shaped bottle flaunt... Read More >>

Glen Lake's Trattoria Funistrada

April 28, 2018

Out in western Leelanau County, on the eastern edge of Big Glen Lake, lies Funistrada, a charming restaurant housed in a historic cottage-like clapboard building surrounded by, in summer anyway, by greenery and flowers. Looking at the menu, you immediately think of Italy. But the food... Read More >>

Oryana Lake Street Café Smoothies

April 28, 2018

“The Ultimate is at the top of our blackboard smoothie list for a reason,” said Oryana Natural Foods Market’s Lake Street Café barista (and all-arounder) Dave Fenlon. “There’s a lot going on in there, which is generally what people are looking for when... Read More >>

Moomers' Ice Cream Flights

April 28, 2018

Moomers, situated on a knoll overlooking the Plummer family dairy farm just west of Traverse City, makes over 160 flavors of premium ice cream. Granted, the shop’s display case can only accommodate about 20 of those daily, but still…it’s so hard to choose! The happy sol... Read More >>

White on Rice

April 21, 2018

For the past three years, husband and wife team Eric and Amy Kolden have been on a mission to make high-quality sushi and other Japanese specialties easily accessible to a wider audience in northern Michigan.

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Bella Arancina

April 21, 2018

PepeNero Italian restaurant and Ballaró wine lounge chef-owner Giorgio Lo Greco has a wicked sense of humor, but he takes his arancina seriously, emphasizing that this is the correct word for the famous Sicilian snack in the north, in his native Palermo, but noting with disdain tha... Read More >>

Traverse City's Omelette Shoppe

April 7, 2018

One of 2017’s most notable food trends was “put an egg on it.” It was the year that eggs topped everything from arugula to ziti. Well, here’s a news flash: The Omelette Shoppe has been putting an egg on it — and around it, and under it, and beside it, and... Read More >>