October 1, 2022


Dalwhinnie Bakery & Deli’s Shrimp Boil

By Joseph Beyer | Sept. 24, 2022

While the seasonal, Cajun-inspired All You Can Eat Shrimp Boil at the Dalwhinnie Bakery & Deli is a terrific deal at just $30 per person, you’ll need to add some adventuring to take in all the savory shrimp, smoked Andouille sausage, fingerling potatoes, corn on the cob, toasted garlic bread, slaw, and dessert. This family-style feast is only available on Beaver Island, and a lovely two-hour ferry trip across Lake Michigan or ... Read More >>

Side Traxx’s Ice Cold Jagermeister

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By Joseph Beyer | Sept. 24, 2022

Long the parody shot of bad judgment, it’s hard to believe that Jägermeister (yes, that mysterious liqueur in the stag-tagged bottle) is, well, having a moment. Cocktail bars across the world are rediscovering this famous German digestif (made with the same secret mix today of 56 herbs and spices that was created fatefully in 1934 by brothers Wilhelm and Curt Mast). Rumored to include anise, poppy seed, saffron, ginseng, citrus peel, and ... Read More >>

Cider Season

Four autumn ciders to delight every palette
By Jillian Manning | Sept. 17, 2022

This time of year, cideries are hard at work harvesting apples and getting all that magical fermentation going. They’re announcing carefully-aged concoctions and on-tap-only batches that are packed with flavor. Perhaps because so many of us grew up eating donuts and drinking NoMi apple cider (the non-alcoholic version) in the fall, cider season is extra exciting—we know it’s here and glorious and then gone before we can blink. If you, like us, ... Read More >>

West Coast Fare on the Third Coast

The Burrow finds its NoMi niche
By Karl Klockars | Sept. 17, 2022

If you catch Adrienne Brunette—restaurateur, CEO, and co-founder of Honest Hospitality, which runs Mama Lu’s, Flying Noodle, and now The Burrow—on her phone, she’s not going to be flipping through Facebook or Twitter. “People ask what I do in my free time. I'm like, ‘I literally troll restaurants.’ I don’t troll social media. I troll restaurant websites,” she says. “What they’re preparing, what their dishes are. What is Chicago serving right now? ... Read More >>

Tandem Ciders’ Clear Conscience

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Sept. 17, 2022

If you haven’t visited Tandem Ciders’ Suttons Bay tasting room, you have not known the crisp, refreshing joy of a glass of Clear Conscience. Fear not—for the first time ever, the cider has been bottled and is on tap (hehe) to join Greenman and Smackintosh in the canned aisle at local grocery stores in the near future. Clear Conscience is everything you want in an easy-drinking, forever-sippable cider: It’s dry (only 0.1 ... Read More >>

Merlyn’s Patisserie’s Ube Croissant

By Anna Faller | Sept. 17, 2022

From cultural fusion to croissant colors, the best things seem to come in twos at Merlyn’s Patisserie in Traverse City. Helmed by siblings Jun Dupra and Anna Mae Kucharski, the bakehouse, which they named for their mom, blends the art of French confection with bursts of Asian-inspired flavor. The real MVP (Most Valuable Pastry) is their signature Ube Croissant. Featuring a laminated pastry base, this bi-colored treat is brimming with ube, a ... Read More >>

The Burrow’s Key Lime Pie

By Joseph Beyer | Sept. 10, 2022

Ernest Hemingway would have approved of The Burrow’s delish dessert menu, most notably the shortbread cookie crust, custard, and whipped cream that make up their signature Key Lime Pie (big enough for sharing…a bite) at just $10. With just the right hints of fresh citrus and the cool creamy mouthfeel you crave, not even the rich crumbs of the crust will be left behind. Known as the official pie of the Florida ... Read More >>

Roast & Toast’s Bour-Burundi

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By Anna Faller | Sept. 10, 2022

For the under-caffeinated among us, Roast & Toast is piping-hot coffee mecca, and this autumn, you’ll find us cozied up with a mug of their Bour-Burundi brew. Inspired by the flavor combo of coffee spiked with buttery bourbon, this variety got off the ground when a pairing dinner at Palette Bistro—the beanery’s sister restaurant—introduced the team at Roast & Toast to Bardstown Bourbon Company (Kentucky). The result: Fresh Burundi coffee beans are ... Read More >>

No More Wandering for This NOMAD.

Bay Harbor restaurateurs create small plates destination
By Geri Dietze | Sept. 3, 2022

The Morrison family is on a winning streak. Their game? Some of the best food in the North, from waffles and omelets to ceviche and filets. These are the folks who brought you Maple + Batter—the reimagining of the beloved Original Pancake House—just last year. Twins Philip and Bryant Morrison and their wives Laura and Jamie opened their new venue, NOMAD., on May 11, with the same assurance, laser-like attention to detail, ... Read More >>

The Parlor’s Strawberry Mojito

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Sept. 3, 2022

September is the second strawberry season—a real thing for the strawberry plants that fruit not just in spring but again in late summer and early fall. Make the most of this sweet renaissance with a trip to The Parlor in Traverse City for their Strawberry Mojito ($11). You’ll find all the usual suspects—mint, lime, Bacardi Light rum, and simple syrup—elevated with a bold infusion of strawberries. Really, the only downside of this ... Read More >>

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