August 2, 2021


Small Batch’s Superior Sandwich

By Anna Faller | July 31, 2021

For a truly entertaining dining experience, look no further than Small Batch at the Cupola in Harbor Springs. A combination catering biz, bakery, and full-service cafe, Small Batch is the brainchild of proprietress and full-blown foodie, Lauretta Reiss. A former designer-turned-artistic chef, Reiss has a flair for style that truly sets her space — and culinary creations — apart. “For me, it means that every aspect of dining and baking tells a ... Read More >>

Short's Brewing Company's Mosa

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By Anna Faller | July 31, 2021

Since its inception in 2004, Short’s Brewing Company has prided itself on its cutting-edge mastery of craft beer. So when chief innovation officer Tony Hansen discovered an untapped passion for cider in his staff, a new drink endeavor was a no-brainer. Enter Starcut Ciders. Founded in 2014, Starcut combines the expertise of Shorts’s seasoned brewers with the abundance of local Michigan produce — not to mention the occasional dash of mad science ... Read More >>

Red Mesa Grill’s Fresh Fruit Infusion Margatini

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By Lynda Wheatley | July 24, 2021

If you’re the kind of parent who decides, four days after your 6-year-old learns to ride a two-wheel bicycle and 25 years after you last rollerbladed, that it might be fun to try biking and rollerblading together for three miles on the TART Trail, you’re the kind of parent who will take the path from the parking lot behind McClain’s Cycle and arrive at the path to the parking lot at Red ... Read More >>

Alpine Chocolat Haus' Awesome in a Bag

By Ross Boissoneau | July 24, 2021

If you ask someone — or at least the right person — at Alpine Chocolat Haus in Boyne City what the best treat in the store is, you might be surprised with the answer. It’s not one of the truffles. Not the dizzying variety of coated apples. Not even the chocolate-covered Nutter Butter (sigh). Nope, it’s the aptly named Awesome in a Bag. Which started its life not as chocolate or candy, ... Read More >>

Bee Well Zoot Suit Riot

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By Anna Faller | July 17, 2021

Find yourself craving cherries, even after Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival has folded up its tents? Fret not: The staff at Bee Well Mead and Cider in downtown Bellaire have your fix on tap. The brainchild of brothers Chris and Jeremy Vansice, Bee Well Mead and Cider was founded in 2014 after years of bottling their homemade brews — and more than a little experimentation — inspired the pair to pursue their ... Read More >>

Grand Traverse Salad Co.

Super fuel, super fast, in a former gas station
By Ross Boissoneau | July 17, 2021

 It’s not a straight line from the gas station to restaurant, nor is it a direct route from doughnut shop to salad emporium. But it’s the path John and Jan Sheill embarked on, and they’re more than happy with the result: Grand Traverse Salad Company.  “This is all I’ve ever done,” says Jan. A Michigan restaurant industry veteran, Jan worked in many high-end establishments in the Detroit area before moving north, where ... Read More >>

2 The Moon Bakery’s Foldover Pastries

By Anna Faller | July 10, 2021

For the ultimate in sweet-tooth satisfaction, we heartily recommend the Foldover Pastries at 2 The Moon Bakery in Lake City. The brainchild of husband-and-wife duo, Nathanial (aka Chef Ziggy) and Chelsie Sigsbey, 2 The Moon began as a catering company in the spring of 2019, shortly before the pair purchased and renovated a proper storefront. Set snugly along Lake City’s downtown stretch, 2 The Moon Bakery’s foodie philosophy pairs farm-fresh ingredients with ... Read More >>

The New York

Timeless tradition and premium American fare in Harbor Springs
By Eric Cox | July 10, 2021

A leaden sky and steady drizzle don’t dampen spirits at The New York Restaurant, Harbor Springs’ elegant-yet-relaxed bar and eatery at Bay and State streets. Inside on a dreary Wednesday evening, the place is lively with the staccato of laughter, well-coifed couples enjoying dinner with wine, families breaking bread together, and friends convening reunions amid the clank and clatter of a busy supper service at a popular, upscale establishment. The New York’s ... Read More >>

Mundos Eat House’s Cheddar Lime Waffle

By Anna Faller | July 3, 2021

Waffles: They’re what’s for breakfast. And at Mundos Eat House in Suttons Bay, you can have some of the most inventive topper combos to hit the hash pattern. Open since late May last year, this take-out utopia has been cranking out clever comfort foods that, with its sister coffee spot right next door, has made Mundos an area must. Owned by local coffee lovers Dan and Melissa Clark, the Eat House is ... Read More >>

North Perk’s Cafe Miel

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By Anna Faller | July 3, 2021

On the hunt for a balanced morning buzz? Christine at North Perk Coffee in downtown Petoskey has you covered. This community coffee shop’s winning combination of exceptional brews and friendly baristas has made it a favorite among locals since 2013. Featuring both medium and dark-roast batches courtesy of sister shop, Lake Charlevoix Coffee Company, North Perk prides itself on its selection of sustainably sourced, organic beans and fresh-baked treats from Michigan businesses. ... Read More >>

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