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

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