The seven homes on our 2016 Northern Home & Cottage Petoskey Area Home Tour (Saturday, October 15) are so delicious they’re bound to make you hungry. Not to worry! The tour route leads from Indian River down to Torch Lake (or vice versa), near Elk Rapids and Petoskey and through Charlevoix. Needless to say, you’ll pass a bounty of wonderful eateries. Here we dish out a sample of Petoskey area restaurants to whet your appetite.
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If the weather is right, take a table beside the Indian River at The Inn Between, located just 2 miles from Home #1 (6064 River St., Indian River, 231.238.9420). Enjoy a full menu from entrees to pizza and burgers. Too cold or wet to eat outside? There’s plenty of room inside!
You’re in Walloon Lake country here where folks love the Barrel Back Inn (04069 Michigan 75, Walloon Lake, 231.535. 6000), located about 5 miles from Home #2. The salad, pizza, sandwich menu is a relaxed gourmet-classic hybrid.
Downtown Petoskey, 15 minutes away from Home #3, has a number of fabulous eating spots. At the legendary Hemingway hangout, City Park Grill (432 E Lake St., Petoskey, 231.347.0101) order up gourmet sandwiches and light entrees, including whitefish for lunch. The dinner menu features steaks, chicken, seafood and pasta—all prepared with gourmet twists.
Palette Bistro (321 Bay St., Petoskey, 231.348.3321), serves up a view of Little Traverse Bay along with lunch entrees that range from pasta to salads to burgers. Dinners range from flank steak to quail to salmon.
Just want to grab a light breakfast, lunch or even dinner? Roast and Toast (309 E. Lake St., Petoskey, 231.347.7767), has you covered.
You can’t get to either of these homes without coming through downtown Charlevoix—which puts you within sniffing distance of the best crepes this side of the Atlantic at That French Place (212 Bridge St., Charlevoix, 231.437.6037). You can eat-in at this tiny restaurant, or take the crepes with you in a specially designed paper cone.
Other great Charlevoix spots? The legendary Weathervane Restaurant (106 Pine River Ln., Charlevoix, 231.547.4311) features views of Pine River and a relaxed upscale menu that ranges from burgers to pasta and seafood. The more kicked back Scovies (111 Bridge St., Charlevoix, 231.237.7827) has a delicious roster of wraps, Panini, salads and burgers.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 5 p.m. at hip seafood-focused Siren Hall ( 151 River St., Elk Rapids, 231.264.6062).
Looking for something faster? Head across the street to the Cellar 152 Wine & Gourmet Market (152 River St., Elk Rapids, 231.264.9000) for unique eat-in or takeout: cuban pork tarts, pot pies, homemade soups, awesome sandwiches and salads.
If you find yourself at Home #7 at the end of the day, take a table at the Torch Riviera (12899 Cherry Ave., Rapid City, 231.322.4100) a hop, skip away and enjoy the classic steak, seafood, ribs and pizza menu.
Additionally, Petoskey’s Gaslight District offers several options for wayward tour goers; here are a few specials being offered:
- City Park Grill on Lake Street is a classic spot for an afternoon lunch, where guests always enjoy freshly baked biscuits and house-made features. At the end of the day, happy hour in the bar from 4 – 6:30 pm features half-off appetizers and drink specials.
- Relax with bay views for lunch at Palette Bistro on Bay Street. Or wait to enjoy one of the best happy hour offerings in town from 4 – 6:30 pm with drink specials and 40% off small plates in the bar.
- Roast & Toast offers house-baked morning goodies, espresso all day long, plus house-made soups, salads, and creative sandwich options.
Find more Petoskey area restaurants in MyNorth’s directory.
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