May 28, 2020

Food


McGee’s 72

Traverse City’s East-side Eats
By Jillian Manning | May 23, 2020

When John McGee and Glen Harrington met working at Apache Trout Grill, they had no idea a friendship would one day turn into a multi-restaurant partnership. Today, the duo owns and operates McGee’s 72, McGee’s 37, Harrington’s by the Bay, Sorellina, Slate, and Grand Traverse Bagel & Bakery. Opening McGee’s 72 was the cornerstone of a plan to have eateries across Traverse City: east side, west side, and downtown. The restaurant is ... Read More >>


Ali Ababwa’s Lamb Gyro and Chicken Shawarma Plates

Tastemaker
By Lynda Wheatley | May 23, 2020

In an age where just about everything’s gone virtual, The Kitchen (1249 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City) has still managed to surprise us. It just launched a new virtual takeout/delivery restaurant, Ali Ababwa. From the taste of the Middle Eastern-inspired food’s robust dusts of sumac, za’atar, and harissa, your tongue might tell you these dishes had emerged from a tent in Tunisia, but in fact, they’re simply the latest tasty, healthy twist coming ... Read More >>


Roast & Toast's Cold-brew Whiskey Sour

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | May 23, 2020

Sometimes it seems as if Roast & Toast Café started roasting and brewing mighty fine coffee inside its quirky concrete-and-coffee-mug-emblazoned walls before coffee culture was even cool. In fact, May 19 marked 27 years for the venerable Petoskey shop. A lot has changed since Mary and Bob Keedy opened its door in 1993. They’ve taken on a third partner, Ben Walker; boast a pair of SCA-trainer roasters, Mariah Becker and Hillary Davis; ... Read More >>


Bel Lago’s Leelanau Primavera (& More!)

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | May 16, 2020

It’s always seemed a bit short of a shrift that moms — those bearers of babes, slaves to tantrum-ing tots, and saints for a lifetime — get celebrated one measly day out of 365. Thanks then to three local merchants who, the day after Mother’s Day, announced they’ll cut us kids a deal to honor Mom all month long. Until the end of May, Bel Lago Winery, Grocers Daughter’s Chocolates, and BLK MRKT coffee ... Read More >>


The Cooks’ House TV Dinners

Tastemaker
By Lynda Wheatley | May 16, 2020

Every week, 4pm–8pm Tuesday through Saturday, in addition to an insanely delicious assortment of singular takeout dishes, The Cooks’ House offers the most on-point pandemic meal options we’ve seen: a $20 TV dinner for one. Last week was a to-die-for chicken parmesan served atop Raduno spaghetti, a mixed Loma Farm-grown green salad with rich buttermilk dressing, and a sugar cookie. The week before: Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy, roasted ... Read More >>


The Empire Village Inn

An agile inn — part restaurant, part grocery store — that’s proven itself essential in good times and bad.
By Ross Boissoneau | May 9, 2020

The Empire Village Inn has been a fixture in the tiny tourist village on Lake Michigan for 60 years. Over that time, the VI, as it’s known around town, has transitioned from a bar to a restaurant/tavern to — a grocery store? That’s right. While still known for its pizza and burgers (more on those in a minute), it’s added grocery staples to its menu. Fresh fruits and vegetables, rice and pasta, canned ... Read More >>


Feels like Stealing: Harrington's Buy One, Get One Meal Deal

Tastemaker
By Lynda Wheatley | May 9, 2020

We won’t lie to you — it feels a little like stealing when you take advantage of the buy-one-get-one deal at Harrington’s by the Bay in Traverse City. Especially when you get back home, roughly 30 minutes after placing your order, bearing a fabulous squash soup and four pretty-dang gourmet dishes for less than $35. Total. We tried — and were utterly delighted by — every one: lettuce wraps ready to stuff ... Read More >>


MAWBY's Sunlight in a Can

Bottoms Up
By Emily Tyra | May 9, 2020

Leelanau’s MAWBY winery is doing its part to keep moods effervescent and sunny right now. If you’re a bit burned out from the news or haven’t felt much like celebrating, know it’s nearly impossible NOT to bask in a fizzy glow when you pop the top on Sunlight, a new summer seasonal dry white bubbly. Sunlight (along with Tropic, a bubbly rosé) debuted in cans at MAWBY last Friday. As Mike Laing, partner at MAWBY, explained: “We wanted ... Read More >>


Parkside DIY Sammies & MABS' Atomic Mustard

Tastemaker
By Lynda Wheatley | May 2, 2020

These days, we’ll take excitement wherever we can get it — and for those of us stuck at home, that’s primarily in the kitchen. Which is why we’re letting you know about one of our favorite refrigerator residents, MABS’ Atomic Mustard. Petoskey’s Andrea Simard makes this zesty, tangy brown condiment according to her Swedish Grandma Mabel’s secret recipe, crafted in small batches that involve pure cane sugar, premium ground mustard flour, and ... Read More >>


Acoustic's Electric BzZz

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | May 2, 2020

The good folks at Acoustic Tap Room are sensitive to our needs right now. Until the end of May, they are discounting their howlers … deeply: 20 percent off premium cysers, 30 percent off meads, and a staggering 50 percent off ciders. As our current need is for the sweet fruit and floral flavors of honey-made mead, we went for Acoustic’s succulent Electric BzZz, whose orange and apricot zest truly tastes like ... Read More >>

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