October 18, 2019


Higher Grounds’ Pumpkin Pie con Panna

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Oct. 5, 2019

Is it dessert? Is it coffee? Is it for morning? Afternoon? Doesn’t matter — Higher Grounds’ Pumpkin Pie con Panna is the taste of autumn Up North we all need in our lives, and exactly what America’s pumpkin-pie-spice-infused everything wishes it could be. Witness: At cup bottom, a robust pool of organic, fair-trade espresso — with an unexpectedly sunny tang we loved — topped with several full-bodied whorls of whipped cream, drizzled with ... Read More >>

V.I. Grill’s Veg Breakfast Tacos

By Lynda Wheatley | Oct. 5, 2019

Traverse City folks in search of an "Easy like Sunday Morning” breakfast will find no easier return on investment than this: schlepping their bedheads to the nearest BATA bus stop with Village Loop Service to Suttons Bay (Route 10) for a hands-free, bayside ride to the town’s Village Inn Grill. Our editor piled her crew into the 9:38am northbound bus, caught at the Cherry Bend/Leelanau Studios stop, on a recent Sunday morning. ... Read More >>

Old Mission’s Peninsula Grill

A food, wine, and deli destination — and bartending institution — in the middle of Traverse City’s prettiest wine trail.
By Craig Manning | Oct. 5, 2019

Located almost smack-dab in the middle of Traverse City’s 19-mile-long Old Mission Peninsula, the Peninsula Grill can fairly be described as “off the beaten path” for the majority of Traverse City residents — let alone for those around northern Michigan. From the base of Old Mission, Peninsula Grill is a 10-mile drive north along M-37. According to co-owner Jennifer Davies, though — who runs the restaurant with her husband, Mark Davies — ... Read More >>

Tandem Ciders' Coloma Blue

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By Craig Manning | Sept. 28, 2019

If you’re a hard cider fanatic, and you haven’t visited Tandem Ciders yet this year, now’s the time. The rustic tasting room — located in an off-the-beaten-path barn near Suttons Bay (2055 N Setterbo Rd, 231-271-0050) — has been packed most of the summer. With fall in full swing, though, it’s the perfect opportunity to visit for a pour of the luscious Coloma Blue. This unique cider, currently available on tap at ... Read More >>

Stormcloud’s Pulled Pork

By Ross Boissoneau | Sept. 28, 2019

Stormcloud is best known for its beers, and justifiably so. The Frankfort brewery now distributes its popular Birdwalker Blonde Ale, Whiled Away IPA, and Rainmaker Aleat hundreds of stores across the state. But its culinary side is just as appetizing. Tops among the Stormcloud fan club: its inventive pizzas, Posh Squash sandwich (withzucchini, summer squash, red peppers, goat cheese, Parmesan, red wine vinaigrette, fresh garden herbs), and — one of our favorites ... Read More >>

Boyne City’s Water Street Café

Not so much reborn — but lovingly adopted — by brothers James and Kirt Ploe
By Eric Cox | Sept. 28, 2019

Transitioning restaurant ownership can be a tricky endeavor. While the new proprietors inherit what is hopefully a solid place with a loyal, appreciative clientele, a precarious balance must be struck in order to move on with their own food service goals while adhering to enough of the old ones to satisfy the stalwart patrons.Such is the case at Boyne City’s Water Street Cafe, which siblings James and Kirt Ploe took over in ... Read More >>

Alden Mill House's Miracle Blend

By Lynda Wheatley | Sept. 21, 2019

Long before Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning became the latest craze on soups, salads, sandwiches, and more, Alden’s Eugene Moglovkin — aka Chef Geno — created an all-purpose blend of exceptional quality kosher flake salt and other spices that was nothing short of a miracle for home cooks eager to turn the mundane into marvel. The simple yet wonderful (and aptly named) Miracle Blend gave rise to the venerable Alden Mill House ... Read More >>

PBC’s Super Trooper English Brown Ale

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By Eric Cox | Sept. 21, 2019

Petoskey Brewing Company’s Super Trooper English Brown Ale (7.3% ABV, 12 IBU) not only serves a beer-hungry gullet but also protects a discerning palette, sheltering it from other, perhaps more felonious brews. In keeping with honorable police traditions, Petoskey Brewing Co. brewers add to the brown mash a paddy wagon full of crushed cake donuts, the muted sweetness of which smooths this brown ale’s crispy finish. Handcuffed to Super Trooper’s front end ... Read More >>

Palette Bistro

Artful Mediterranean in Petoskey
By Janice Binkert | Sept. 21, 2019

Opened just short of a decade ago in downtown Petoskey, Palette Bistro was recently named one of 2019’s “Top 9 Best Small Town Restaurants in Michigan” by the online magazine Only in Your State. That came as no surprise to the many full-time and seasonal residents of Petoskey, as well as visitors, who have already been regulars for years at this quaint and welcoming dining spot on Bay Street. Its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine ... Read More >>

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 >>

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