Six food devotees shared some of their all-time favorite eats in Northern Michigan with us for our annual MyNorth Food Finds. In our Food Finds 2016 series, originally published in the March 2016 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, discover 42 tasty eats from Northern Michigan foodies. Then you can put their picks on your culinary bucket list and start tasting!

Meet the Foodie: Erick Outcalt

The stylish sales and marketing brains behind Brys Estate, Indiana native Erick Outcalt met his partner, Patrick Brys, in Santa Barbara while working for legendary designer Rose Tarlow. An incendiary grilled cheese incident swore Erick off cooking, but he is a master of making reservations driven by artful comfort food and great service. In addition to being on a first name basis with servers and chefs all over the North, Erick has enthusiastically eaten his way through Athens, Casablanca, Paris, Venice and Sevilla among others. Next stop, Istanbul.

9 Item Relish Tray

Dam Site Inn 6705 Woodland Road, Pellston 231.539.8851

From the panacea of vintage delights dished up at the Dam Site Inn, comes this gleaming silver tower of pickled beets, corn relish, and sweet pickled watermelon rind to preface the never-ending platters of fried chicken.

Roasted Chicken

Amical 229 East Front Street, Traverse City 231.941.8888

Half a tender hen gets lovingly rubbed with Herbes de Provence, roasted to tawny perfection and served with a sauce of Dijon cream.

Meet Amical’s chef, Ben Hoxie, and see how he makes their Roasted Chicken with this MyNorth Media video.

Burrata Pugliese

Trattoria Stella 1200 West Eleventh Street, Traverse City 231.929.8989

Stella’s soft, salty housemade mozzarella houses fresh curds and finds perfect counterpoint with roasted tomato, brodo and thinly sliced artisan salumi.

Johnny Java

Peninsula Grill 14091 Center Road, Traverse City 231.223.7200

This knock-you-flat riff on the coffee cocktail sees a lit shot of Bacardi 151 incinerate cinnamon before the snifter fills with Kahlua, Baileys, Godiva liqueur, whipped cream and, oh, coffee.

Bison Sloppy Joe

Jolly Pumpkin 13512 Peninsula Drive, Traverse City 231.223.4333

Local bison from the Oleson Ranch is ground, sauced and served on a toasted roll with caramelized onions and white cheddar in this two hands, four napkins affair.

Lobster, Snow Crab & Drawn Butter

Boone’s Long Lake Inn 7208 Secor Road, Traverse City 231.946.3991

Boone’s piles the platter high with cold water crustacean sweetmeat ready for a final swim in drawn butter. Tie on a bib and get crackin’.

Chicken Artichoke

Old Mission Tavern 17015 Center Road, Traverse City 231.223.7280

Only the best yardbird breasts volunteer for Old Mission Tavern’s signature dish rich with shiitake mushrooms and artichokes in garlic cream sauce.

Taylor’s Hash

Chandler’s 215 1/2 Howard Street, Petoskey 231.347.2981

Chandler’s signature brunch indulgence matches your martini hangover against a stuffed hash brown with bacon, gouda, poached eggs and hollandaise. The hash wins every time.

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Photo(s) by David Weidner