June 26, 2019


Batch 10,000

Bottoms Up
By Craig Manning | June 22, 2019

Looks like 2019 has been a milestone year for Short’s Brewing Company. So far this year, the brewery has celebrated its 15th anniversary and brewed its 10,000th batch. Even if you missed the big anniversary party out in Bellaire in April, you can still get your hands on its ode to its anni: Batch 10,000. This beer, a double brut IPA brewed with mango and black currant, is a true one-of-a-kind recipe. ... Read More >>

Bud’s Moscow Mule Ice Cream

By Lynda Wheatley | June 22, 2019

Tastemaker: Bud’s Moscow Mule Ice CreamA single bite of Bud’s Moscow Mule ice cream is all the buzz you need. Light and lime-y, with a tiny bit of an effervescent bite, it’s alcohol-free and as refreshing as a summer scoop should be. Best of all, sometimes you can find it — along with many other hand-dipped flavors — scraped from the bottom of their giant barrels, packed into pint and quart containers, ... Read More >>

Mission Table

Of-the-moment cuisine on idyllic Old Mission Peninsula
By Janice Binkert | June 22, 2019

Rising up and out from Traverse City for 18 miles between East Bay and West Bay, Old Mission Peninsula offers breathtaking blue water vistas that stretch for miles in each direction. But the landscape surrounded by the water is equally noteworthy: a unique microclimate with a bucolic patchwork of fields, farms, orchards, and vineyards whose bounty is highly prized at local tables — among them, Mission Table restaurant, located about halfway to ... Read More >>

The Cabbage Shed

One-of-a-kind dining on Betsie Bay
By Danielle Horvath | June 8, 2019

Just about everyone who lives in Benzie County has a “Shed” story — whether from working, playing music, attending a wedding, or meeting up with family and friends there  — the Cabbage Shed has been a mainstay in the village of Elberta since Jim Clapp opened it as a restaurant and neighborhood pub in 1985. Sitting on the shore of Betsie Bay, built in 1867, it housed the towns’ first general store ... Read More >>

Rock’s Landing

Intimate dining on Crystal Lake’s shore
By Danielle Horvath | June 1, 2019

Combine people who are passionate about making and serving good food with stunning views of Crystal Lake, and you’ve got the recipe for Rock’s Landing. Opened last summer after a complete renovation of what was once the snack bar for the Chimney Corners Resort, Steve and Kriisten Tebo, along with partners Julie Tebo and her husband, Paul Danes, offer their guests a memorable dining experience as the only Crystal Lake waterfront restaurant.Steve ... Read More >>


Spring — and three siblings — bring a breath of fresh food to a beloved Bellaire culinary space.
By Janice Binkert | May 25, 2019

Just a few short weeks ago, Chef Randy Minish, a Bellaire native and 2011 graduate of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute in Traverse City, launched his first restaurant, Terrain, with his sisters, Jenna Minish and Shana Minish, in his hometown — in the same building that housed the beloved Lulu’s Bistro for 13 years. And no one is more delighted than these three siblings that the stars aligned to lead them to ... Read More >>

Toski Sands’ Six-Packs

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | May 25, 2019

Go for the whitefish paté — one of Toski Sands Market’s most famous housemade treats — but plan to linger a long, long time (and then some more) over the gourmet market and party store’s beer selection. More than 340 varieties are stacked on the shelves, and the sheer bounty of those that are Michigan-made will bring a tear to any native’s eye. The thing that made us full-out cry, though? Toski ... Read More >>

Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels

By Lynda Wheatley | May 25, 2019

Doesn’t matter if you’ve got your own boat, a kayak, or a plastic raft. If you’re going for a float, salty snacks are required. And we swear on summer you can do no better than Dot’s Homestyle Pretzels. Some magical blend of butter and tongue-tickling spices that are far more zingy than hot (Dried garlic? Dried Onion? MSG? Eye of newt? We don’t actually care; they’re that good.), they’re both appealing to ... Read More >>

The Towne Plaza

A former architect raises food to art at his Traverse City restaurant.
By Janice Binkert | May 18, 2019

Sooner or later, the weather in northern Michigan will warm up! And when it does, you might want to beat the summer crowds and head over to the Towne Plaza in Traverse City, where you can enjoy casual fine dining alfresco for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the prettiest outdoor settings in town (and if it happens to be raining, inside the restaurant is lovely and inviting, too). Chris Hoffman has ... Read More >>

Yankee Boy’s Cheesecake

By Todd VanSickle | May 18, 2019

Saving room for dessert can be a tough task, especially when a restaurant serves good food. But save yourself from this dilemma and order the cheesecake first at the Yankee Boy in South Boardman — you won’t regret it. Unlike most cheesecakes, this homemade dessert is not dense. The lemon cheesecake is creamy, airy, fresh, and decadent all in one bite. Topped with whipped cream and a lemon ganache, “everything is homemade ... Read More >>

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