September 23, 2020

Food


The Dish's "Heat At Home" Meals

Tastemaker
By Jillian Manning | Sept. 19, 2020

The convenience of takeout and the comfort of a home-cooked meal meet at The Dish Café in Traverse City, now offering “Heat at Home” meals Monday through Friday. Intended for two — with the promise of yummy lunchtime leftovers — these hearty dishes include an entrée and your choice of a quart of tomato basil soup or a salad (Caesar or tossed veggie). Weekday offerings include beef chimichurri burritos, lamb skewers with ... Read More >>


Burritt's Wine Sale: Luzón Colección 8 Meses

Bottoms Up
By Craig Manning | Sept. 19, 2020

Stocking up on wine for the holidays, or just hunting for the best deal you can find? Don’t miss out on the fall Spanish wine sale at Traverse City’s Burritt’s Fresh Markets (509 W Front St). Burritt’s holds two wine sales each year, offering direct import pricing on a variety of wines. This fall’s sale spotlights eight different Spanish wines from the portfolio of Aviva Vino, one of the oldest and most ... Read More >>


The Future Of Menus

Stuff We Love
Sept. 19, 2020

Touchless retail and food service are all the rage these pandemic days, so we’re toasting northern Michigan’s own Kevin Spagnuolo, who acted quickly this spring and started Menus Today, which lets diners safely and quickly scan a code and view real- time restaurant menus right on their smartphones — and lets restaurant operators save on printing and make instant updates to their menus. Spagnuolo tells us the virtual menus increase draft beer ... Read More >>


A Showcase Of Restaurants, Fall Edition

Sept. 19, 2020

Please be seated for these abbreviated versions of the restaurant profiles we’ve featured since our last RestauranTour issue. Bon Appetit! Hopscotch Brick Oven & TaproomBrothers Matt and Mark Davies, longtime northwest Michigan restaurateurs with four other establishments in the region, opened Hopscotch in 2017 on the east side of Traverse City, in the former location of Mr. Bill’s Shirt Co., next to the now-defunct Pebble Brook miniature golf park. When Matt and Mark ... Read More >>


Slabtown Cookie Co.’s Summer Magic & Kegger

Tastemaker
By Lynda Wheatley | Sept. 12, 2020

While the rest of us spent the early days of the pandemic climbing the walls, watching Netflix, and baking cookies, Katie Otterman was doing the same. Only she — a single mom of a 6-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter — turned that latter boredom buster into a booming business, one that started as a Michigan Cottage Food Law-approved cooler of cookies for sale in her Traverse City front yard … and is ... Read More >>


Two K Farms’ Spitzenburg Cider

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Sept. 12, 2020

Two K Farms’ 2018 Rosé and 2017 Riesling might have won at the prestigious by-invitation-only Jefferson Cup wine competition last year, but we suspect the cidery and winery’s 2019 Spitzenburg Cider is the libation that would win the approval of an even more impressive Jefferson’s cup — that of Thomas Jefferson, American statesman, architect, philosopher, Founding Father, and enthusiastic fan of Esopus Spitzenberg apples, “discovered,” as it were, by Dutch settlers in ... Read More >>


Gaylord’s Cops & Doughnuts

How nine protectors of the law became purveyors of the bear claw.
By Al Parker | Sept. 12, 2020

There's a cop shop in Gaylord where the phrase “D.W.I.” has nothing to do with adult beverages or erratic driving. At the Cops & Doughnuts Bakery, “D.W.I.” means “Donuts Were Involved,” a bit of sly humor that adorns coffee mugs, T-shirts, hats, and police-related gear available for visitors. Don't like that one? Try “Don't Glaze Me, Bro.” or “Cereal Killer” or “You Have the Right to Remain Glazed.” Lots of thin-blue-line silliness ... Read More >>


Walloon Lake Winery’s Windemere

Bottoms Up
By Eric Cox | Sept. 5, 2020

If there was ever a wine custom-made for a breezy, sunny, late-summer day, Walloon Lake Winery’s Windemere ($20 bottle), a white, three-grape field blend culled from Petoskey’s La Di Dah Vineyard, must be the one. With only a hint of sweetness in its pale-yellow depths, Windemere, named for Ernest Hemingway’s boyhood Walloon Lake home, is refreshingly dry with the tart citrus notes and profoundly fresh white grape aroma so enriched by Northern Michigan ... Read More >>


Mike’s Favorite Grilled Cheese

Tastemaker
By Eric Cox | Sept. 5, 2020

Each bite is a cheesy revelation of creamy, savory, crunchy goodness. Heavenly harmonies resound as cheddar and American cheeses mass with salty bacon and ham. When the perfectly grilled bread is parted, a divine creation is revealed: Cheese & Co’s supreme being, Mike’s Favorite Grilled Cheese. Now, who Mike is, we do not know. But his wisdom is apparent. Indeed, if this is Mike’s favorite grilled cheese, then who are any of ... Read More >>


Mammoth’s Vodka Collins

Bottoms Up
By Eric Cox | Aug. 29, 2020

Mammoth Distilling’s new Bay Harbor Tasting Room, 4181 Main St., is a great place to sit up straight. And that’s exactly what you’ll do when you down a refreshing Vodka Collins ($9) on a hot summer day. Triple distilled, smooth and toothy, Mammoth Vodka (80 proof) gives the classic Mr. Collins two solid legs and a rigid backbone. Fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda round out this classic cocktail, crowned with ... Read More >>

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