Northern Michigan’s Best Eats 2009

Our 46 Best Eats Unveiled! We’ve discovered a brand-new batch of food pleasures across the great North, one delectable bite at a time. MyNorth.com visitors voted on your favorites, check out the results! and jump into the discussion to share any that we might have missed.

1. Pear-adise salad

This salad has it all: crunchy red cabbage with tender greens, slivers of red onion and cucumbers, creamy goat cheese, char-grilled chicken, tart dried cranberries, sweet sliced red pears and honey-coated almonds. To dress it all: homemade pesto ranch. Centre Street Café, 1125 Centre St., Traverse City, 231-946-5872

2. Moka Walnut Bars

Cathy Peterson’s buttery shortbread would be so good on its own, but it’s even better as a perch for smooth caramel and fresh, crunchy walnuts. Moka, 102 S. Bridge Lane Bellaire, 231-533-6262

3. Crab Cake Benedict

A sweet, meaty Maryland crab cake stands in for Canadian bacon on this classic Benedict topped with fresh basil and from-scratch Hollandaise sauce. Good Harbor Grill, 6584 Western Ave., Glen Arbor, 231-334-3555

4. Cheddar, Onion and Apple Omelet

Each bite is a masterful sweet-savory contrast, heightened all the more by a side of crispy bacon. Art’s Tavern, 6487 Western Ave., Glen Arbor, 231-334-3754

5. Crème Brûlée Oatmeal

Silky custard poured over steel cut oats then sugared and brûléed to create dessert for breakfast. Cuppa Joe Warehouse Lounge, 221 Garland, Suite D, Traverse City, 231-421-1945

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