February 23, 2024


Your Winter Restaurant Guide: Eight Eateries to Cozy Up in This February

Let's dive into lobster, saltimbocca, burgers, poutine, salad, coffee, wine, and tacos
By Northern Express Staff & Contributors | Feb. 17, 2024

Mmm…comfort food. Whether your go-to is bubbling soup, buttery grilled cheese, hearty pasta, or something else entirely, you’re sure to find it in one of these NoMi restaurants. Below, we look back at eight establishments Northern Express writers have visited over the past few months to share the places where food, drinks, and ambiance combined for an especially memorable experience. The menus might have morphed since we were last there, but that’s ... Read More >>

From Field to Fork (with a side of Sea Salt Fennel Sourdough)

Jen and Nic Welty celebrate 15 years of 9 Bean Rows
By Kierstin Gunsberg | Feb. 17, 2024

In "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," poet William Butler Yeats writes that the lake’s lapping waves are calling him to a simpler, nature-focused life where he’ll sow “nine bean-rows.” So, it’s fitting that Jen and Nic Welty’s own 9 Bean Rows—this one a working farm, café, and bakery in Suttons Bay—came to be when a college-weary Jen left her master’s program to work at Black Star Farms, a place where she’d previously ... Read More >>

Dining In with Restaurant-Inspired Recipes

Inside the Ingredients
By Nora Rae Pearl | Feb. 17, 2024

To dine in or eat out? That is the question…and we have the answers. For a night on the town, head to Nonna’s Ristorante at The Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor. Start the evening off right with a signature Old Fashioned or a bottle of Caymus. Pair your drink with the raclette made with the pinky’s very own Leelanau Cheese. Nibble on fresh baked house-made focaccia while you await a plate of ... Read More >>

7 Monks' Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich

Feb. 17, 2024

This writer continues on her quest for the perfect fried chicken sandwich in northern Michigan. (And man, there are a lot of good ones out there!) The latest to get a gold star: the creation on 7 Monks Taproom’s menu ($15). This sammie has it all: perfectly crisp chicken, a brioche bun, tangy pickles, and a side of shoestring fries. And let’s not forget the generous dose of Southern hot honey that ... Read More >>

Leelanau Coffee Roasting Co.'s Miel Latte

Bottoms Up
By Anna Faller | Feb. 17, 2024

Opened in 1993, Leelanau Coffee Roasting Co. has mastered the art of the home-grown cuppa, and their signature Miel latte is a must. It starts with a double shot of the roastery’s own Leelanau Espresso blend (that’s their inky Italian roast, amped up with Indonesian beans), topped off with a layer of frothy steamed milk. Then—and this is our favorite part—baristas layer in a golden spoonful of Sleeping Bear Farms’ Star Thistle ... Read More >>

Babcia's Corner's Chocolate and Raspberry Pierogi

By Anna Faller | Feb. 10, 2024

For Valentine’s Day, our love language is chocolate, and Babcia’s Corner knows just how to speak it with their seasonal Chocolate and Raspberry Pierogi. Inspired by a traditional family recipe dating back generations, this not-too-sweet treat begins with dough made extra flavorful with butter, egg, and rich cocoa powder. Inside, each pasta packet is stuffed with a blend of local raspberry jam and their signature scratch-made Farmer’s Cheese (a mild and crumbly ... Read More >>

North Peak Brewing's Scout

Bottoms Up
By Craig Manning | Feb. 10, 2024

Hazy IPAs have been the in-vogue beer style for so long that it’s sometimes hard for any one beer to stand out from the crowd. Enter North Peak’s Scout, which, unlike many hazy IPAs, offers a perfectly balanced drinking experience. It’s less bitter and piney than your traditional IPA, but still offers some of that refreshing hop flavor you want. And there are plenty of fruit notes in there, too—North Peak says ... Read More >>

Finding Lost Cellars Winery

A journey through family legends and Charlevoix vines
By Hanna Lee-Kleb | Feb. 3, 2024

In the heart of Charlevoix, Lost Cellars Winery stands as a testament to family history and the pursuit of a winemaking dream. Since its inception in 2007, the 13-acre property has undergone near constant evolution. Initially started as a hobby project, the winery transformed under the ownership of Jay and Lora Higdon from a modest production of 150 cases sold at local farmers markets to a winery that now boasts an output ... Read More >>

Sleeping Bear Farms' Kirk's Hot Honey

Feb. 3, 2024

Whether you know Kirk and Sharon Jones from their sweet libations at St. Ambrose Cellars or their even sweeter creations at Sleeping Bear Farms, one thing is for certain: This couple does honey right. From mead to mustard and everything in between, their honey-infused products are a must for the pantry or fridge. Our favorite? Kirk’s Hot Honey ($12). The ingredients are simple—just star thistle honey mixed with habanero, aleppo, and birdseye ... Read More >>

Northern Latitudes' Hot Chocolate Covered Cherry

Bottoms Up
By Anna Faller | Feb. 3, 2024

What's better than a piping hot cup of cocoa on a chilly day? How about one with a boozy kick? Enter: Northern Latitudes Distillery’s Hot Chocolate Covered Cherry cocktail ($10). Inspired by everyone’s favorite snow day treat, this just-released recipe combines NLD’s signature Mackinac Island Fudge Chocolate Liqueur (ingredients: vodka, organic cocoa, whole milk, and Michigan sugar-beet sugar) with house-macerated Cherry Bounce and a splash of Bada Bing Cherry juice. Finished off ... Read More >>

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