Best Eats 2008 in Traverse City, Petoskey, Charlevoix and more

Cherry Vanilla Cream Soda

Todd Zawistowski

17: Cherry Vanilla Cream Soda This secret recipe, mixed-to-order tonic using tart cherry juice tastes like bubbly summertime. Look for it in bottles this summer. The Cherry Stop, 211 E. Front St., Traverse City, 231-929-3990.

18: Sautéed Lake Perch The candy of the Great Lakes rolled in seasoned dry batter and sautéed in butter and garlic. The Manitou, 4349 Scenic Hwy., M-22, near Frankfort, 231-882-4761.

19: Shrimp Salad Green and gorgeous, with cilantro and curls of lime zest, shrimp, avocado and a spiky citrus vinaigrette. Afterloon Delights, 9110 Helena Rd., Alden, 231-331-4431.

20: Roasted Apple Butternut Bisque A smooth, mellow ladle of autumn with a dollop of maple-tinged crème fraîche. Sage, Odawa Casino Resort, 1760 Lears Rd., Petoskey, 231-344-4420.

21: Potato-Leek Chowder Brimming with Yukon gold potatoes and Plath’s bacon. Yankee Rebel Tavern, 101 Astor St., Mackinac Island, 906-847-6249.

22: Maple Walnut Biscotti
Tender, buttery, cookielike, with Michigan maple sugar and a maple syrup glaze. Get them at Up North gourmet markets or through Chef Perry Harmon. Provisons, Traverse City,

23: Quiche Libby Reeves makes her aromatic, sky-high delights in a tender shortcrust. Try the sun-dried tomato, ham and fresh rosemary quiche, or her winter quiche with artichoke hearts, Swiss and–surprise!–dried cherries. Libby’s, 414 N. Main St., Cheboygan, 231-627-4780.

24: Apple Fritter Doughnuts My early-rising brother claims there is no better substitute for sleep than carbs, and no better place to find them than the Chuckwagon in Reed City, where the fritters made with dried apples and from-scratch dough are as big as your head, and ready at 6 a.m. H & D Chuckwagon, 20221 U.S. 10, Reed City, 231-832-3983.

Article Comments

  • Anonymous

    Scone in any flavor from Lake Street Market in Boyne City. My favorite is cherry pecan.
    Best scones around…..

  • Anonymous

    Cappuchocolatte from Water Street Deli…..delicious blend of espresso, chocolate with a real cinnamon stick in it….good hot or iced!

  • Anonymous

    Any sorbet or gelato from American Spoon in Petoskey. We are excited that the store will have gelato during the winter even though the restaurant is closed! Yummmmm

  • Anonymous

    FUSTINIS is totally awesome! I have used their sage and wild mushroom oil in scrambled eggs and macaroni and cheese! mmmmmmmm

  • lbeier

    Tappas Tuesdays at the Walloon Lake Inn small plates to share with friends and some wine or spirits near the woodstove overlooking Walloon Lake (frozen over today)