March 28, 2023


Gold Baby Biscuits’ The Delicatessen

By Anna Faller | March 25, 2023

This week, we’re ready to risk it for the biscuit…or for a breakfast sandwich from Gold Baby Biscuits, that is. Established in 2019 by bakers Alicia Manson and Lyndsey Egli, this pop-up powerhouse features a rotating menu and even a few take-and-bake options of biscuit-y goodness. Right now, we’re after The Delicatessen. It starts with a signature crumbly biscuit (the recipe remains a secret), which they’ve stacked with paper-thin pastrami and pillowy ... Read More >>

Bloom Wildcraft’s Drift Tea

Bottoms Up
March 25, 2023

With spring in the air, we wanted something soft and light to help us wind down our day. (Bonus points if it could be organic.) We found the perfect cup with Bloom Wildcraft’s Drift Tea, a soothing blend of herbs like lemon balm, holy basil, and valerian, plus a bright note of hibiscus. It also contains catnip—though you won’t get all goofy like your feline friends—and hops, which help give this tea ... Read More >>

A Taste of the Past

Petoskey’s 1911 Restaurant transports you to Victorian Michigan
By Anna Faller | March 18, 2023

Mystery is the name of the game at Petoskey’s historic Terrace Inn and 1911 Restaurant. With more than a century of life in its walls, the building’s authenticity, world-class cuisine, and supernatural rumors keep guests coming back year after year. “It was very ahead of its time,” Michigan Hemingway Society president, Chris Struble, says of the original Terrace Inn. State-of-the-art amenities (at least for the time period) made it easier for the ... Read More >>

Dos Arboles’ Cubano Chimichanga

March 18, 2023

There’s a lot to love at Frankfort’s Dos Arboles, the sister restaurant of Birch & Maple (which is conveniently located next door). The from-scratch kitchen, the authentic Mexican dishes, and the tequila options are all high on our list. But the gold star this week goes to the restaurant’s Cubano Chimichanga ($16), which combines two equally delicious dish inspirations into one unforgettable meal. On the Cubano side, you get Black Forest ham, ... Read More >>

45 North Vineyard’s Foodie Flight

Bottoms Up
By Anna Faller | March 18, 2023

What tops the perfect local wine flight? How about one that comes with snacks? Through March, 45 North Vineyard & Winery is joining forces with The Cheese Lady (Traverse City) to curate the ultimate wine-and-cheese tasting as part of their monthly Foodie Flight, and we can’t think of anything cheddar! The series begins with 45 Red—that’s a softly-oaked Merlot and Cab Franc blend—paired with a creamy English cheddar, followed by the off-dry ... Read More >>

Holy Mole!

Loco Boys Brewing Company brings Cali- and Mexican-inspired dishes to Traverse City
By Craig Manning | March 11, 2023

Six years: That’s how long it took for Loco Boys Brewing Company, Traverse City’s newest craft brewery and restaurant, to evolve from the germ of an idea into a full-fledged business. As of February 5, though, this new establishment is officially up and running, slinging from-scratch Mexican food and unique beers from its space in the old Impres Salon building near Slabtown. Loco Boys is the brainchild of Mike Mohrhardt, a born-and-raised ... Read More >>

High Stakes, High ABV

Looking back at Short’s Imperial Beer Series
By Karl Klockars | March 11, 2023

“I wanted to create something that was extraordinary.” That’s how Joe Short, founder of Short’s Brewing, describes the beers he crafted for their famed Imperial Beer Series, the collection of 13 craft beers released in 2007 that put Short’s—and the northern Michigan beer scene—on the global map. It was in the early days of the American craft beer renaissance, and just a couple of years into the existence of the company, when ... Read More >>

Pond Hill Farm’s Pesto Pizza

By Anna Faller | March 11, 2023

For an early slice (or five) of spring, it doesn’t get better than the Pesto Pizza at Pond Hill Farm in Harbor Springs. Stone-oven baked on yeasted dough, this classic white pie starts with fresh basil leaves and a whopping four different kinds of cheese—parmesan, pecorino romano, asiago, and plenty of fresh mozzarella—before it is baked to blistered perfection and topped with basil pesto imbued with crunchy sunflower seeds (no nut allergies ... Read More >>

The Filling Station’s Union Street Vanilla Brown Ale

Bottoms Up
By Craig Manning | March 11, 2023

The brown ale has fallen by the wayside a bit as far as beer styles go, a victim of the wild popularity of IPAs and some impressive growth in the specialty barrel-aged stout market. These days, it’s not even a guarantee that there will be a single brown ale on a brewery’s tap list, let alone a superb example of the form. Traverse City’s The Filling Station Microbrewery is an exception, with ... Read More >>

The Spice of Life

New Szechuan restaurant brings the heat in Traverse City
By Anna Faller | March 4, 2023

Patrick and Michael Evans are not your typical brothers. Both graduates of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute (GLCI), the two have been cooking for most of their lives and share a background in haute cuisine. Their Michelin Star-studded resumes include experience in world-class kitchens, from local hot spots like Trattoria Stella to San Francisco’s Atelier Crenn and the iconic Restaurant Gary Danko. For these two Michiganders, though, accessibility is a primary factor ... Read More >>

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