Northern Michigan’s Best Eats 2009

43. Leprechaun Balls

Bar food at its best: fried, unassuming and conversation starting. Feel a twinge of irreverent heat biting into these deep fried jalapeño peppers stuffed with spicy chicken and creamy cheese. Kilkenny’s Irish Public House, 400K W. Front St., Traverse City, 231-941-7527

44. Smoking Greens

A melty smoked cheddar sandwich with avocado, sunflower seeds, spinach, paper-thin red onion and matcha green tea–infused mayonnaise. Simple, healthy and delightful. Serenity Tea Bar and Café, 232 E. Front St., Traverse City, 231-421-1564

45. Sour Cherry Patches

Not often does a candy make this list, but we’re smitten with this chewy-soft gelee with tangy tart real cherry flavor. Cherry Republic, 6026 Lake St., Glen Arbor, 800-206-6949

46. Beef Tenderloin

Two robust, rich medallions of beef tenderloin with a petit gorgonzola cheese-stuffed pastry and mushroom bordelaise sauce, are amazingly only $12 on the small plate menu, and 1/3 off on Thursdays. Consider yourself in the know. Firefly, 310 S. Cass St., Traverse City, 231-932-1310

Article Comments

  • tedder

    Ref. classic eats— How about “Dam Site Inn in Pelston for chicken” The BEST!!!
    Also the atmosphire in the summer is 100% “up-north”. Probably dosen’t qualify as 2009 yet but it will as usual.

  • Bonnie Quick

    The very best, homemade lemon cupcakes with real lemon curd in the middle. Riverfront Pizza & Specialties, On the Crystal River in Glen Arbor, MI.

  • K Britten

    Benjamin Twiggs Cherry Salsa is the best! A must have. Just the right amount of salsa-kick for me!

  • Blondie54321

    I was at Boyne Mountain resorts Aug. 26, 27, and 28th during the HOG rally. I took in the wine and cheese tasting and had the most magnificent cheese their that had pineapple and possibly mango or apricot in it. It was a white cheese and melted in your mouth. Can anyone help me find who in Michigan is selling that cheese?? Thanks you can email me at [email protected]