Northern Michigan is home to a growing local food movement, endless orchards of cherries and apples, award-winning restaurants, artisan bakeries, and celebrity chef Mario Batali. Put simply, Northerners know good food.

Whether you’re in bustling downtown Traverse City or exploring historic Fishtown in Leland, a mouthwatering food find is right around the corner. We asked staff members of MyNorth Media to share some of the tastiest and most adventurous grub they’ve ever eaten in Northern Michigan. From the classics to the crazy, here are 20 scrumptious ideas you may want to add to your food bucket list.

We want to know what your favorite Northern Michigan food is, too.  Email, and your recommendations may be featured in “Northern Michigan Food Bucket List: Part 2,” which comes out in December.

  1. Luccio Bella Vita (Mozzarella Crusted Walleye), Bella Vita, Boyne City
  2. Pastrami Sandwich, Frenchies Famous, Traverse City
  3. Cherry Pie, The Cherry Hut, Beulah
  4. Plevalean Cherry Burger, Pleva’s Butcher Shop, Cedar
  5. Flash Fried Street Beets, Harvest, Traverse City
  6. North Shore Sandwich, Village Cheese Shanty, Leland
  7. Fresh picked blueberries, Buchan’s Blueberry Hill, Traverse City
  8. Sourdough Bread, 9 Bean Rows, Suttons Bay
  9. Pumpkin Doughnuts, Gallagher’s Farm Market and Bakery, Traverse City
  10. Maple Syrup, Maple Moon Sugarbush and Winery, Petoskey
  11. Morel Mushroom Ice Cream, That French Place, Charlevoix
  12. An Antique Apple, Kilcherman’s Christmas Cove Farm, Northport
  13. Venison Pot Pie, Michigan Venison, Traverse City
  14. Steak and Rutabaga Pastie, Jean Kay’s Pasties and Subs, Marquette
  15. Homemade Rhubarb Custard Pie, Recipe by Meaghan Alvarado (here’s the recipe)
  16. Smoked Kielbasa, Legs Inn, Cross Village
  17. Planked Michigan Whitefish, Cawthorne’s Village Inn, Mackinac Island
  18. Beef Taco, Cedar Sol Taco Stand, Cedar
  19. Cajun Mac N’ Cheese, The Towne Plaza, Traverse City
  20. Duck Burger, Earth Wind & Fryer, Northport

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