October 18, 2019

Lynda Wheatley | Author

V.I. Grill’s Veg Breakfast Tacos

Oct. 5, 2019

Traverse City folks in search of an "Easy like Sunday Morning” breakfast will find no easier return on investment than this: schlepping their bedheads to the nearest BATA bus stop with Village Loop Service to Suttons Bay (Route 10) for a hands-free, bayside ride to the town’s ... Read More >>

Higher Grounds’ Pumpkin Pie con Panna

Oct. 5, 2019

Is it dessert? Is it coffee? Is it for morning? Afternoon? Doesn’t matter — Higher Grounds’ Pumpkin Pie con Panna is the taste of autumn Up North we all need in our lives, and exactly what America’s pumpkin-pie-spice-infused everything wishes it could be. Witn... Read More >>

Alden Mill House's Miracle Blend

Sept. 21, 2019

Long before Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning became the latest craze on soups, salads, sandwiches, and more, Alden’s Eugene Moglovkin — aka Chef Geno — created an all-purpose blend of exceptional quality kosher flake salt and other spices t... Read More >>

Two K Farms’ Cider Sangria

Sept. 14, 2019

For those who like sangria and cider but loathe too much sweetness, one-year-old Two K Farms’ cidery and winery have the answer: a crisp, lightly sweet yet somehow fruit-forward cider sangria of which we can’t get enough. (Literally, we had our first glass last Saturday aftern... Read More >>

Brady’s Deep-fried Oreos

Sept. 7, 2019

The wings, pizza, and cheeseburgers at Brady’s Bar are the stuff after-party eating dreams are made of. But into the classic space — brass fixtures, vinyl seating, pool-felt-green walls dotted with hunting and fishing memorabilia — the no-nonsense Old Town TC neighborhoo... Read More >>

Apple Cider Shake and Sparkling Float

Sept. 7, 2019

Ice cream has never had an easy time suiting up for fall. Its status as a star of summertime is as old as, well … maybe rock salt. The small but always-experimenting Lake Ann Corner Cone, however, is hardly one to shy away from putting on an autumnal twist. (See what we did there?)... Read More >>

123 Speakeasy's Gary's Mac & Cheese

Aug. 31, 2019

123 Speakeasy — Traverse City’s Prohibition-style gem hidden behind the Front Street “tearoom,” Teatottalers — is accessible by password only. But if you want to enter a second state of bliss, whisper this phrase to your server: “Gary’s Mac & ... Read More >>

To-Go Delights at The Dish Cafe

Aug. 24, 2019

Traverse City’s The Dish Cafe — long a go-to spot for quickly prepared eat-in and take-out breakfast, lunch, and snacks — unveiled a new look, expanded menu and hours, and a full bar a few years ago. Most recently, they made life even better for those folks who... Read More >>

King Orchards' Cherry Soda

Aug. 17, 2019

The tart cherries are poppin’ at Central Lake’s King Orchards — and so are the tops off the family-owned orchard’s latest product: its newly released farm-crafted cherry soda with a twist of lime. Bubbly and sweet with just a wee bit of refreshing pucker, the soda ... Read More >>

Beards Brewery’s Luna Persica

Aug. 10, 2019

Legend has it that, in 1873, a newspaper reporter described then-little-known Petoskey as the “Land of the Million Dollar Sunsets.” The city has capitalized — and delivered — on the phrase ever since, but perhaps no one quite so well as Beards Brewery. Two years ag... Read More >>

Black Star Farms' 2017 Sur Lie Chardonnay

July 20, 2019

Maybe you think you don’t like Chardonnay. Understandable. Although it’s a malleable grape that springs well from just about any growing region in the world, its ubiquitousness seems to have branded it a wine that is — and sometimes tastes — all too common. Thankfu... Read More >>

Bud’s Moscow Mule Ice Cream

June 22, 2019

Tastemaker: Bud’s Moscow Mule Ice Cream
A single bite of Bud’s Moscow Mule ice cream is all the buzz you need. Light and lime-y, with a tiny bit of an effervescent bite, it’s alcohol-free and as refreshing as a summer scoop should be. Best of all, sometimes you can ... Read More >>

Up North Pride's Jonny and Elon Cameron

June 17, 2019

The founders of Traverse City-based Up North Pride, Jonny and Elon Cameron, met when they were 25 and 28 years old. Over their past 17 years together, they’ve navigated a move from Chicago to northern Michigan, marriage, and — weeks after leaving a job, building a new home... Read More >>

Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels

May 25, 2019

Doesn’t matter if you’ve got your own boat, a kayak, or a plastic raft. If you’re going for a float, salty snacks are required. And we swear on summer you can do no better than Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels. Some magical blend of butter and tongue-tickling spices that a... Read More >>

Toski Sands’ Six-Packs

May 25, 2019

Go for the whitefish paté — one of Toski Sands Market’s most famous housemade treats — but plan to linger a long, long time (and then some more) over the gourmet market and party store’s beer selection. More than 340 varieties are stacked on the shelves, and... Read More >>

Petoskey Farms’ 2018 La Crescent

May 11, 2019

The quietly but quickly growing Bay View Wine Trail is under the radar no more. Thanks to a fresh rebrand, the now 12-member group of wineries near the Tip of the Mitt — think Ellsworth, Alanson, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, and Walloon — is now the (exceptionally SEO- andwine-lo... Read More >>

Maxbauer's Salad Bar

May 4, 2019

The irony of a revered, century-old butcher shop installing a salad bar on its customer floor isn’t lost on us. But honestly, irony has never tasted so fresh and delicious. Or been so fairly priced. In a snub to conventional salad bars, Maxbauer Specialty Meat Market lays out a mode... Read More >>

New Belgium’s Passion Fruit Kolsch

May 4, 2019

Finding a fruity beer whose flavor is obviously fake or undeniably cloying isn’t easy. Finding one that doesn’t exhaust your palate after just one is even tougher. That’s why our editor was so excited about New Belgium’s Passion Fruit Kolsch. A light-bodied pilsner... Read More >>

Flap Jack Shack's Mimosa

March 16, 2019

Whether you’re kicking off your vacation or stuck here pretending to take one, the Flap Jack Shack will put you in full Bahama-momma mode. Every Saturday and Sunday, the retro-style diner rewards those who willing to wait in its ever-present (but fast-moving) weekend lineup with one... Read More >>

City Park Grill's Biscuits

March 2, 2019

You might credit the low-carb wave for your whittling your middle, but we blame it for washing away the white-flour wonder of a pre-meal bread basket. That’s why we’re especially grateful for the City Park Grill, which hasn’t served a single meal in more than 20 years wi... Read More >>