Traverse City Restaurants Make Mario Batali’s 9 Favorites List

Traverse City Restaurants: When Mario Batali recently shared his nine favorite restaurants, he had selections spanning the globe: Italy, New York, Singapore…Who made the list twice? That’s right–Traverse City!

Part-time Northern Michigan resident (he summers at his Leelanau County home from July to Labor Day) and chef/TV personality extraordinaire, Batali is known for his love of simply prepared, fresh foods featuring local ingredients. Not only does he find his food P.O.V. flourish in his own kitchen when in Northern Michigan thanks to fresh farm stands and local purveyors, he sees it ignite in the kitchens of Traverse City restaurants.

“The chefs involved in the scene celebrate what’s here; they’re not trying to be anything they’re not. Now people are coming for gastronomic tourism. All winter I look forward to eating two things: pizza from my wood oven topped with Leelanau Cheese Company’s Raclette and serrano chiles, and cherry pie from Grand Traverse Pie Company,” says Batali.

Eat like an Iron Chef and check out two of Mario Batali’s favorite restaurants in the world, located right here in Traverse City:

The Cooks’ House: “Local sustainable cuisine skillfully prepared and served in Traverse City, in the heart of Northern Michigan wine and dine country.” Open Tuesday-Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to midnight l 115 Wellington Street, Traverse City l 231.946.8700 l

Frenchies Famous: French press coffee, espressos, house-made breakfast and lunch including delicious sandwiches so good they’re almost addicting, all in a cozy setting. Tip: the pastrami is a must! Open daily 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. l 619 Randolph Street, Traverse City l 231.944.1228 l Frenchies Famous Facebook

Hear what Mario Batali has to say about the Northern Michigan food scene for himself! Check out Traverse Magazine l’s video interview with Chef Mario Batali.

Find out the other restaurants that made Batali’s list, here.

Visit for more on Traverse City’s restaurant scene!

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