Northern Michigan Soup Tour

We ride the soup spoon through Northern Michigan restaurants, including Traverse City restaurants, in search of January bliss by the bowlful.

Smoked Whitefish Chowder  Bluebird, 102 River Street, Leland, 231-256-9081.  Bluebird’s indulgent chowder is sewn with lardons, potatoes, tarragon, bay leaf and cream.

French Onion Soup  Martha’s Leelanau Table, 413 North Joseph Street, Suttons Bay, 231-271-2344.  Martha caramelizes onions for many hours to deliver this bubbling, iconic French classic.

Butternut Squash Bisque  Cooks’ House, 115 Wellington, Traverse City, 231-946-8700.  With simple, artful flavor extraction, Cooks’ House delivers squash in its purest form.
Cream of Wild Mushroom  Lake Street Market, 306 South Lake Street, Boyne City, 231-582-4450. From the mushroom capital of the North, it’s no surprise to find a rich, earthy bowl of love at Lake Street Market.

Oyster Stew  Whitney’s Oyster Bar, 307 Bridge Street, Charlevoix, 231-547-0818.  Made to order, Whitney’s simmers fresh oysters, new potatoes and herbs in a rich stock.

Creole Gumbo  City Park Grill, 432 East Lake Street, Petoskey, 231-347-0101. City Park Grill crafts a fine bowl from the Big Easy to drive out après-ski chills.

Tomato Gorgonzola Julienne Tomatoes, 421 Howard, Petoskey, 231-439-9250.  Julie’s signature soup made with fresh tomatoes and creamy, pungent gorgonzola is divine.

Find hundreds of Northern Michigan restauraunts, including Traverse City restauraunts, in the MyNorth Northern Michigan Restaurant Guide.