Northern Michigan’s Best Eats 2009

35. Sandwich of Your Dreams

There’s something to the name. Our art associate Kelly Nogoski still rhapsodizes about the cabin fever cure she found last February: a walk on the Frankfort beach and this delicious turkey sandwich. It’s warm and toasty with sautéed mushrooms and onions, melted provolone, shredded lettuce, tomato, banana peppers and a li’l mayo. Dinghy’s, 415 Main St., Frankfort, 231-352-4702

36. Derby Bars

Baker and former Kentuckian Bob Korten tweaked the classic Derby pie into a dense brownie amalgam with chocolate chips, pecans and a glossy bourbon caramel. Crescent Bakery, 404 Main St., Frankfort, 231-352-4611

37. Eurodog

A clever little portable lunch—a locally made hot dog is slipped in a toasted baguette with chili, cheese, onions and a creamy, lightly spiced Euro sauce. Eurostop, 620 Railroad Place, Traverse City, 231-421-1168

38. Vegetable Empanadas

Sweet smoky vegetables in a rich pastry pocket balance with the fresh bite of poblano pepper salsa and refreshing greens. El Dorado, 149 E. Front St., Traverse City, 231-421-3228

39. Vegetarian Nachos

Healthy comfort food: a TVP nacho “meat” on crunchy corn chips with sharp cheddar. And all the fixins? Ripe, crunchy and organic. Plaza Café, 110 N James St., Ludington, 231-845-7600

40. Buffalo Meatloaf

Chef Dino achieves moist and marvelous with his grilled version of the Midwestern classic and serves it with a rich garlic demi glace. Old State Roadhouse, Boyne City 273 Old State Rd., Boyne City, 231-582-7702

41. Nuts and Berries

A two-bite sconette made with T.C. cherries and Grape-Nuts is a modestly delicious pick-me-up, especially when paired with an impeccably steamed cappuccino. Morsels, 104 Cass St., Traverse City, 231-421-1353

42. Gabriel Pizza

Yes, their craft beer rules. So, too, their craft pizza. Jalapeños add a devilish edge to the smoky-sweet  ham and pineapple pie. Short’s Brewing Company, 121 N. Bridge St., Bellaire, 231-533-6622 

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