September 23, 2021


Roast & Toast’s Apple Chai-der

Bottoms Up
By Anna Faller | Sept. 18, 2021

With the change of season already upon us, crisp nights and cozy sweaters abound, and few things say fall quite like local cider — that is, until it’s spiked with chai. Enter: Roast & Toast Coffee in downtown Petoskey. Owned by coffee connoisseurs Bob and Mary Keedy, Roast & Toast has been keeping NoMi caffeinated since it opened its doors in 1993. Since then, its selection of small-batch beans — all ethically ... Read More >>


Bringing robust and bold flavors home to downtown Traverse City for a refreshing tapas takeover
By Kathleen Wilson | Sept. 18, 2021

With international travel still off the table for most of us, Bahia — the newest eatery to open on Traverse City’s bustling Union Street — is here to help us escape for at least a brief getaway. Offering up delicious tapas and enchanting cocktails, this Spanish fusion eatery makes it easy to pretend you’ve been transported to a bar on Las Ramblas, in the heart of Barcelona. (And Grand Traverse Bay, just ... Read More >>

Crooked Tree Breadworks’ Addictive Granola

By Lynda Wheatley | Sept. 18, 2021

Over the past few decades, we’ve written about Crooked Tree Breadworks more than a half-dozen times. We’ve waxed poetic about their Cheddar Scallion Scone (and White Chocolate Cherry Scone and Cinnamon Raisin Scone and Currant-Orange), the just-right tang of its sourdough loaves, the melty-biting bliss of its parmesan-pepper roll. And you can’t blame us; every one of bread-master Greg Carpenter’s high-carb creations is 100 percent worthy of the press it’s received. But ... Read More >>

Happy's Taco Shop Lamb Pastrami Taquitos

By Lynda Wheatley | Sept. 11, 2021

We're suckers for lamb. We're also suckers for tacos. And so by extension, we are unrepentant inhalers of Happy's Taco Shop, those purveyors of tortilla-wrapped joy that have not one but two lamb items ensconced on their menu: the simple but flavorful lamb cheeseburger taco (secret sauce, chihuahua cheese, iceberg lettuce, onion, garlic pickles) and their aptly named Super Burrito, which offers among other options — meat, taters, shrimp, or extra pinto ... Read More >>


Vegan for all in Traverse City
By Ross Boissoneau | Sept. 11, 2021

Tarah Elhardan and Satya Pillay say they want their breakfast and lunch eatery to provide options that anyone will enjoy. Which is an interesting concept, given that Zest Café is entirely vegan. Nevertheless, “We want our restaurant to be something for everyone,” says Elhardan. So their menu offers various kinds of toast: Avocado, peanut butter and strawberries, blueberries and almonds, even a spicy hummus and tomato (with those avocados, of course). There ... Read More >>

Iron Fish Distillery’s Mad Angler

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Sept. 4, 2021

To celebrate its fifth year, Iron Fish Distillery has just released its highly anticipated Estate Series line of spirits. The Estate Series spirits — 100 percent distilled and aged at Iron Fish Distillery, many using at least 51 percent grain grown its 120-acre farm in Thompsonville — are available now at the distillery and online, but you might want to hurry. Fewer than 1,000 cases are available. If you have to pick just ... Read More >>

Rock's Landing

By Anna Faller | Sept. 4, 2021

Nestled snugly along Crystal Lake’s picturesque shoreline, Rock’s Landing in Frankfort continues to serve that summertime state of mind until October, and you should not miss the experience. A nod to the infamous Jim Rockwell “Rock” Rogers Sr., who constructed the space in the 1950s, the structure housed Chimney Corners Resort’s historic Beach Dining Room until industry dream-team Steve and Kristin Tebo, along with partners Julie Tebo and Paul Danes, took over ... Read More >>

Hofbrau Steak House & Grille

Interlochen’s go-to sports bar, date-night spot, and gathering place makes some major changes
By Al Parker | Sept. 4, 2021

A traveling musician for much of his adult life, Brian McAllister never expected to settle in Northern Michigan. “Back in 1997, my wife Laurie and I were planning to go to St. Martin but took a trip up here,” explains the guitar picker with a smile. “We just never left.” The Caribbean's loss was Interlochen's gain. For the past 24-plus years, the McAllisters have owned and operated the Hofbrau Steak House & ... Read More >>

Tap 30’s Blood Orange Paloma

By Lynda Wheatley | Aug. 28, 2021

As refreshing as the standard vodka soda or gin and tonic can be on a hot day, those of us who’ve spent this summer’s welcome multitude of sizzling afternoons and evenings sucking down such clear and present Plain Janes are, well … maybe just a wee bit bored by now. Spoiled, perhaps. But no matter. An equally uncomplicated but significantly more special thirst-quencher is being slung (slang?) from Tap 30’s well-appointed bar ... Read More >>

Bahia’s Potatoes Bravas

By Anna Faller | Aug. 28, 2021

At Bahia (pronounced ba-Hee-yah), the new Spanish-fusion spot on near the north end of Traverse City’s Union Street, bringing guests together is the name of the game. The brainchild of owner Tim Keil and two-decade kitchen veteran Brian Welburn, Bahia was born in mid-July when a love of Latin cuisine sent this dining duo in search of traditional Spanish tapas. “This is the place to come enjoy each other’s company,” says Welburn. ... Read More >>

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