Indulge in the fluffy pancakes for breakfast at Roast & Toast in Petoskey or ask for the special deli sauce on your made to order sandwich at Guerney’s Harbor Bottle Shop in Harbor Springs. From Petoskey to Boyne City, you won’t go hungry in Little Traverse.
This casually refined, European-style bistro dishes up its unique breakfast options every day till 3 p.m., making it a great go-to for a late, lingering brunch. Simple classics like eggs Benedict and quiche Lorraine mingle on the menu with treats like the tiramisu Belgian waffle; lunch items include smoked salmon salad, steak and frites, and escargot. 1 WATER ST., BOYNE CITY, 231.582.8800, MAGNUMHOSPITALITY.COM/CAFESANTE.
Breakfast is quick and satisfying at this eclectic café. All the classics—pancakes, French toast, egg sandwiches—but with a few delicious twists: cumin-crusted home-fries, bagels with Sirracha cream cheese, a slow-cooked oatmeal bar. Other delectables include freshly made pastries, granola, bread, and in-house roasted coffee. 309 E. LAKE ST., PETOSKEY, 231.347.7767, ROASTANDTOAST.COM.
The sandwiches at this charming Petoskey cafe and deli are the stuff of foodie dreams: there are more than a dozen to choose from, each crafted from super fresh, locally sourced ingredients and specialty breads from nearby Crooked Tree Breadworks. Housemade soups, salads, and desserts too. 421 HOWARD ST., Petoskey. 231.439.9250, JULIENNETOMATOES.COM.
Guerney’s Harbor Bottle Shop
Tucked in the back of a wine store in downtown Harbor Springs, Guerney’s no-frills sandwich counter has developed a passionate following for its fresh-sliced meat-and-cheese delights on super-soft, house-baked bread. Two tips: Do order the deli sauce (it’s divine), don’t ask for tomatoes (the owners are anti, claiming tomatoes ruin their spectacular bread). 215 E. MAIN ST., Harbor Springs. 231.526.5472.
Good Hart General Store
The spectacular drive along M-119 is made better with a stop at the deli inside this 1930s-era general store. Order up some hot or cold made-to-order sandwiches, then ask for directions to the nearby beach—a secluded Lake Michigan oasis just waiting for you and your picnic. 1075 N. LAKE SHORE DR., 231.526.7661, GOODHARTSTORE.COM.