Kelly Bolton picks her Best Eats at Northern Michigan restaurants for 2013. With roots in Walloon Lake resort life, Kelly adopted Petoskey as her home and quickly set about exploring the burgeoning Up North food scene. At home, Kelly has been finessing vegetarian cooking and Caribbean food, inspired by her Cuban-American husband.

Cheeseburger & Shoestring Fries

Bar Harbor  //  100 State Street  //  Harbor Springs 231.526.2671 It’s a squat brick building with cold beer, a full frontal view of the harbor and the kind of cheeseburgers that weaken the resolve of vegetarians everywhere.

Bumpy Cupcake

Simply Cupcakes  //  445 East Front Street  //  Traverse City 231.633.2253 A shout-out to the Sanders staple, the bumpy cupcake is moist chocolate cake painted with channels of buttercream and overlaid with thick chocolate fudge. Buy two.