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

33: Chocolate cake With Cream Cheese Frosting The cheesecake mavens blanket deep, chocolaty, from-scratch cake with tangy cream cheese frosting for special order birthday and shower cakes. The Underground Cheesecake Company, 1333 Yellow Dr., Traverse City, 231-929-4418.

34: Naughty Girl Stout It’s on tap right now at Right Brain Brewery, crafted with Leelanau-grown, organic peppermint that gives an understated, cooling sensation to the caramel and bittersweet chocolate flavor in the beer. Brewmaster John Niedermaier first liked to brew this at home to slip in his backpack for snowshoeing expeditions. Right Brain Brewery, 221 Garland St., Traverse City, 231-942-1239.

35: Peach Blueberry Brandy Conserve
Boozy, beautiful and mixed by monks at the Keweenaw Peninsula’s Poor Rock Abbey. Holy Transfiguration Skete, 6559 M-26, Eagle Harbor,

36: Tomato-coconut-curry Soup A childhood favorite is transformed into a sweet, silky, spicy potage with the surprise of cool coconut milk and a nice bite of curry at the end. The Dish, 108 S. Union St., Traverse City, 231-932-2233.

37: Vanilla Latte The baristas steep a homemade vanilla syrup with whole organic fair-trade vanilla beans for a deep, not-too-sweet complement to their fair-trade coffee espresso and perfectly steamed milk. Higher Grounds Trading Co., 806 Red Dr., Traverse city, 877-825-2262.

38: Scotch Eggs The crew at Lake Superior Brewing Co. coats a hard-boiled egg in Italian sausage, then honey beer mustard made with their own puddingstone wheat beer, rolls it in raw egg and Japanese bread crumbs, fries it up and serves it up with more honey beer mustard. Lake superior Brewing Co. at Dunes Saloon, Grand Lake Ave., Grand Marais, 906-494-2337.

39: Apple Yum Salad A luscious combo of sliced green apple, mellow cashews, roasted onions, coconut and a homemade Thai dressing. Thai Orchid Cuisine, 433 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey, 231-487-9900.

40: Turkey Jerky Sandwich Get this: Oven-roasted turkey, corned beef brisket, homemade slaw, Swiss and shoestring potatoes grilled on rye with Thousand Island. Jan’s Northside deli & Market, 902 N. Center Ave., Gaylord, 989-705-7200.

41: Covered Wagon Pastry chef Magdalena Bagi bakes a bitty chocolate cake, pipes a healthy (!) puff of buttercream frosting on top, then coats the whole lot in chocolate ganache, in the semblance of a cute little pioneer-mobile. Silver Tree Deli & Café, 119 N. Saint Joseph’s, Suttons Bay, 231-271-2271.

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)