September 21, 2019


Crooked Tree Bakery's Pepper Parmesan Bread

By Eric Cox | Sept. 14, 2019

Petoskey artisan bread purveyors Crooked Tree Breadworks is onto something special in its Pepper Parmesan Sourdough boule ($9.25). This rich and savory loaf is great for sandwiches, toasted with butter, alongside saucy Italian fare or just about any other way you can dream up. The store recommends toasting and topping with an over-easy egg. Any which way you like it … you’ll definitely like it. Thick chunks of quality parmesan are baked ... Read More >>

Two K Farms’ Cider Sangria

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By Lynda Wheatley | Sept. 14, 2019

For those who like sangria and cider but loathe too much sweetness, one-year-old Two K Farms’ cidery and winery have the answer: a crisp, lightly sweet yet somehow fruit-forward cider sangria of which we can’t get enough. (Literally, we had our first glass last Saturday afternoon, and returned Sunday morning for more. It’s that good.) A subtly bubbly low-alcohol — 5.3% ABV — apple elixir with notes of tropical fruit, berries, and ... Read More >>

Fall Restaurant Roundup

12 northern Michigan restaurants to visit before winter blows in
By Kristi Kates | Sept. 14, 2019

Please be seated for these abbreviated versions of the restaurant reviews we’ve featured since our last RestauranTour issue. Bon Appetit!THE TRIBUNE ICE CREAM AND EATERY – NorthportJust a stone’s throw away from the shores of Northport Bay, this little restaurant is so named because it occupies a building once used to print editions of the Northport Tribunenewspaper. Today, the building bears few signs of its ink-and-paper past — though there are old ... Read More >>

The Riv is Back!

Leland’s legendary restaurant and B&B rises from the ashes
By Janice Binkert | Sept. 14, 2019

Even the name conjures up cozy images: The Riverside Inn. And this historic inn and restaurant in Leland, housed in a classic Northern Michigan-style white clapboard “cottage,” delivers plenty of cozy, no matter the season. The banks of the winding Leland River outside its windows still look summery now, but it won’t be long until colorful fall foliage casts its paintbrush-like reflections over the water, visible from almost every corner of the ... Read More >>

Fig's Breakfast and Lunch

Fresh (and increasingly famous) family food in Lake Leelanau
By Danielle Horvath | Sept. 7, 2019

“The Figs,” as Jaimee and Bryon Figueroa are affectionately called, have been working in the restaurant business since they were old enough to get work permits. Their new venture, Fig's Breakfast and Lunch in Lake Leelanau, reflects everything they’ve learned along the way — plus a little more via a sudden crash course.“We always dreamt we would have our own place — we didn’t know it would come as quick as it ... Read More >>

Apple Cider Shake and Sparkling Float

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By Lynda Wheatley | Sept. 7, 2019

Ice cream has never had an easy time suiting up for fall. Its status as a star of summertime is as old as, well … maybe rock salt. The small but always-experimenting Lake Ann Corner Cone, however, is hardly one to shy away from putting on an autumnal twist. (See what we did there?) The wee eatery's latest concoctions — an Apple Cider Sparkling Float and an Apple Cider Shake — mix ... Read More >>

Brady’s Deep-fried Oreos

By Lynda Wheatley | Sept. 7, 2019

The wings, pizza, and cheeseburgers at Brady’s Bar are the stuff after-party eating dreams are made of. But into the classic space — brass fixtures, vinyl seating, pool-felt-green walls dotted with hunting and fishing memorabilia — the no-nonsense Old Town TC neighborhood bar has introduced a treat no over-indulging soul should go without: deep-fried Oreos, five for $4.99, drizzled with chocolate sauce and dusted with powdered sugar. Warm, plump, and chewy from ... Read More >>

123 Speakeasy's Gary's Mac & Cheese

By Lynda Wheatley | Aug. 31, 2019

123 Speakeasy — Traverse City’s Prohibition-style gem hidden behind the Front Street “tearoom,” Teatottalers — is accessible by password only. But if you want to enter a second state of bliss, whisper this phrase to your server: “Gary’s Mac & Cheese, please.” Part of the speakeasy’s newly expanded menu, chef Gary Bates’ comfort-food creation not only is fun and easy to eat while drinking — think: cavatappi corkscrews drenched but not dripping ... Read More >>

Whiskey Point’s Island Amber

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By Patrick Sullivan | Aug. 31, 2019

The Island Amber, so far the bestseller of Whiskey Point Brewing Co.’s inaugural summer, is a smooth and well-balanced brew that’s refreshing on long, hot summer days and remains satisfying now that cooler, autumn air is descending upon Beaver Island, the archipelago Whiskey Point calls home.This amber contains a mix of six malts, dominated by Munich and biscuit malts, which bring a well-rounded sweetness, while Mount Ranier hops offer a retrained bitterness ... Read More >>

Paddle Hard Brewery's Wide Awake Stout

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By Todd VanSickle | Aug. 24, 2019

Paddle Hard Brewing in Grayling has taken the guilt out of having a beer for breakfast. Its newly released Wide Awake Stout is strong on coffee flavor and buzz, yet — in strong contrast to traditional stouts, which tend to feel thick and heavy — it’s light and refreshing (5.4 percent ABV). Their secret? “We made the cold brew coffee separately and the stout separately and combined them,” said PHB Manager Stephanie ... Read More >>

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