Traverse City’s one-of-a-kind eateries practically beg to be eaten outdoors on a summer picnic. Fresh crusty breads, conveniently packaged salads, made-to-order sandwiches, decadent desserts. Lay out a blanket and lounge by the lake for a picturesque picnic Up North.

Underground Cheesecake
This cozy shop’s claim to fame is the decadent cheesecake on a stick, but it’s also home to daily lunch specials starring delicious homemade soups and sandwiches.

Mary’s Kitchen Port
This kitchen supply store has a little secret: coolers full of gourmet packaged sandwiches and salads, made fresh daily. Head to the back of the shop to peruse the offerings (our faves: the Gobbler turkey sandwich and Rustic Italian pasta salad).

This West End specialty grocery has a fully stocked deli counter, perfect for outfitting a picnic. Highlights include pre-made salads, ready-to-eat BBQ pulled pork, sliced meats and cheeses, local produce and a huge wine selection.

This Italian grocer has a killer sandwich counter in the back of the store. Choose from more than 30 made-to-order sandwiches, or, for a true Euro-style picnic, grab some fresh meat, cheese, bread and a bottle of wine.

Grand Traverse Pie Co.
We think it’s perfectly fine to let a slice of pie stand alone as a meal. But for a more well-rounded lunch, the menu here also includes grilled sandwiches, quiche, pot pies and homemade soups, all available to go. Two locations downtown.

Chef’s In
Write your order on the white paper menu, hand it to the cook, and prepare for sandwich nirvana (the hot veggie sandwich is transcendent).

Silver Swan
A gift shop/lunch counter with a full line of deli-inspired sandwiches, homemade soups and fresh baked goods. One of the few places to get a bite of mediterranean–inspired food in the North.

The Dish Cafe
Noteworthy quesadillas, focaccia sandwiches, wraps in downtown—within walking distance of Clinch Park beach.