Every Northern Michigan fall color tour needs really great food along the way. Sometimes that’s a bowl of hearty chili and sometimes it’s a gourmet meal you just can’t forget. Here we give you five Northern Michigan restaurants that offer meals you will remember long after the leaves fall.

La Bécasse

9001 South Dunns Farm Road, Maple City, 231.334.3944

Crisp air and fall foliage beg for the rich comfort of duck confit with vanilla demi-glace or almond-crusted pork tenderloin with sweet potato gratin and cognac cream sauce at this intimate French eatery on the shore of Glen Lake.

Siren Hall

151 River Street, Elk Rapids, 231.264.6062

En route to Antrim County’s colorful country highways, stop at Siren Hall for a taste of the sea. Savor cold-water oysters, Cioppinno with fragrant saffron broth and lump crab-crusted local whitefish paired with crisp indigenous riesling.

Walloon Lake Inn

4178 West Street, Walloon Lake, 231.535.2999

Take in the double pleasure of red maple vistas and sparkling blue water at this quiet lakeside dining room in the heart of Hemingway country. Braised lamb, roasted squash, housemade terrines and fall mushroom specials are elegantly executed by chef/owner David Beier.

Nine Bean Rows

5303 North Saint Joseph Street, Suttons Bay, 231.271.1175

Launch your Leelanau leaf odyssey with homegrown seasonal eats at Nine Bean Rows. Grilled lamb burgers with pickled onions and whipped feta, roasted beet and lentil salad, or wild mushroom mac and cheese shine beside a glass of local cabernet franc.

Legs Inn

6425 North Lake Shore Drive, Harbor Springs, 231.526.2281

Feast your eyes on the Tunnel of Trees turned red-gold kaleidoscope and feed your hunger with mushroom pierogis, hearty bowlfuls of bigos and smoky kielbasa. Polish brews and brandies to wash it all down.

This featured article and additional photos are available in the October 2013 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s MagazineGet your copy today!

Traverse Magazine October 2013