Northern Michigan’s Best Eats 2009


13. Baked Jumbo Lump Crab

A baby casserole of sublimely fresh lump crab gets caramelized in the oven with white cheddar and sherry cream. Siren Hall, 151 River St., Elk Rapids, 231-264-6062

14. Coconut Cupcakes

Buttercream-and-coconut cloaked snowballs with a surprise dollop of lemon curd inside. Martha’s Leelanau Table, 413 N. St. Joseph’s, Suttons Bay, 231-271-2344

15. Murdick’s Fudge

Why is it so hard to put that little plastic knife down? Murdick’s Fudge, Huron St., Mackinac Island, 906-847-3530

16. Side Door Saloon Burger

An Up North tradition since 1969. Frank says to get it with olives, bacon and mushrooms. Side Door Saloon, 1200 N. U.S. 31, Petoskey, 231-347-9291

17. The Gobbler

That crunchy scattering of sea salt on the bread keeps us coming back. Mary’s Kitchen Port, 539 W. Front St., Traverse City, 231-941-0525

18. Smelt Basket

Just a whisper of breading make these pop-in-your-mouth fishies the best around. The Bluebird, 102 River St., Leland, 231-256-9081

19. Coconut Cream Pie

This 1903 downtown diner was a hangout of Ernest Hemingway, and we have to wonder if he loved their billowy meringue–lidded coconut pie as much as we do.
Jesperson’s, 312 Howard St., Petoskey, 231-347-3601

Article Comments

  • Ref. classic eats— How about “Dam Site Inn in Pelston for chicken” The BEST!!!
    Also the atmosphire in the summer is 100% “up-north”. Probably dosen’t qualify as 2009 yet but it will as usual.

  • The very best, homemade lemon cupcakes with real lemon curd in the middle. Riverfront Pizza & Specialties, On the Crystal River in Glen Arbor, MI.

  • Benjamin Twiggs Cherry Salsa is the best! A must have. Just the right amount of salsa-kick for me!

  • I was at Boyne Mountain resorts Aug. 26, 27, and 28th during the HOG rally. I took in the wine and cheese tasting and had the most magnificent cheese their that had pineapple and possibly mango or apricot in it. It was a white cheese and melted in your mouth. Can anyone help me find who in Michigan is selling that cheese?? Thanks you can email me at whitman_ann@yahoo.com