August 20, 2019


The Tribune Ice Cream & Eatery

Lunch and brunch by the bay in Northport
By Craig Manning | Aug. 17, 2019

Tucked near the end of Leelanau Peninsula, in the quaint, unhurried downtown of Northport, diners will find a restaurant that is among northern Michigan’s best-kept secrets. The Tribune Ice Cream & Eatery is a small breakfast and lunch spot located just a stone’s throw away from the shores of Northport Bay. The restaurant is so named because it occupies a building once used to print editions of the Northport Tribune newspaper. Today, ... Read More >>

Grain Train Cafe Breakfast Burrito

By Eric Cox | Aug. 17, 2019

To some, the words “breakfast” and “burrito” don’t play well together. Right or wrong, they have their own ideas of what breakfast should be, and it doesn’t often involve tortillas. That’s fine, but strict adherence to tradition has its perils. In this case, the danger lies in foregoing the delicious collision of morning food and supper fare — the almighty breakfast burrito. Grain Train Market Café has a potent game in this ... Read More >>

King Orchards' Cherry Soda

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | 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 is crafted from King’s own tart cherries and proving wildly popular. Kings tells us the bottles will be available year-round, but they’re not yet available for ... Read More >>

Beards Brewery’s Luna Persica

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | 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 ago, the 2012-founded local brewery moved into a primo double-decker, big windowed space that offers some of the best-ever views of Little Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan, ... Read More >>

Bojack’s Kolacky

By Todd VanSickle | Aug. 10, 2019

Bojack’s Bake Shop and Cafe in Mancelona — a quick stop right off US-131 — has been in business for 20 years, but it has the vintage-homey feel of a 1950s diner inside a knotty pine cabin. The cafe serves an excellent breakfast, but its freshly made pastries steal the show. There are many to choose from, but Bojack’s Kolacky, an airy Polish cookie, is a tasty treat worth trying. The pastry’s ... Read More >>

Broomstick Kitchen & Taphouse

Eat, drink, and curl inside the former Maple City schoolhouse.
By Janice Binkert | 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 business partners — David and Theresa Gersenson. Located in the village’s historic schoolhouse, this “eatery with a twist” opened to a welcoming audience this past ... Read More >>

Boyne City’s Bella Vita Restaurant & Bar

The word is out.
By Geri Dietze | Aug. 3, 2019

“We’re off the beaten path, and we don’t advertise,” said Kelly Woodard, who co-owns with her husband, Matt, Boyne City’s popular Italian dining destination Bella Vita. While it’s not a traditional recipe for restauranteurs, the Woodards’ low-key approach works; Kelly Woodard said that the majority of their regular guests dine with them more than once a week during the summer season. “We rely on word of mouth,” she said. “If you love us, you ... Read More >>

Vernors Cherry Pie

By Craig Manning | July 27, 2019

A cherry crumb pie from Grand Traverse Pie Company is the ideal summer dessert. But if you’re looking for something a little more unusual, try this summertime exclusive: Grand Traverse Pie Company’s Vernors Cherry Pie. Exactly what it sounds like — a classic Montmorency cherry pie made with ginger and Vernors ginger ale — the treat combines Traverse City’s fruit specialty with the beloved Vernors soda that originated in Detroit back in ... Read More >>

Trout Town Margarita

Bottoms Up
By Todd VanSickle | July 27, 2019

The start of the week just got a lot cooler in Kalkaska, thanks to Trout Town Tavern and Eatery’s Margarita Monday special. The $3 margaritas are a great way to help you forget about any Monday blues. The punch of tequila is contrasted by the sweet and sour lemony flavor of the margarita mix. If not for the tequila, the drink would taste like high-end lemonade in a salted-rim glass. It is ... Read More >>

Black Star Farms' 2017 Sur Lie Chardonnay

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | 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. Thankfully, Black Star Farms has reminded us that Chardonnay isn’t always of the rich, buttery, oaky character that permeates even pizza menus. That style is, in fact, but ... Read More >>

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