More than 10,000 voters from across the state weighed in on 101 things they love about Northern Michigan. Their votes determined over 300 Red Hot Best winners and 700 honorable mentions. Not surprisingly, the best burger and best French fry categories were tight races—we take our classics seriously. Once the votes were tallied, we were, however, impressed that one restaurant took home first place in both categories! Obviously, it’s worth a visit.

Without further ado, here’s where to find the best burgers and French fries in Northern Michigan. Enjoy!

10 Best Burgers

First place: Slabtown Burgers, Traverse City
Burger outside: A little bit crispy, a little bit caramelized. Inside: soft and pink. Thank the flat-top griddle, quality beef and a team committed to burger ecstasy.

Second place: Bubba’s, Traverse City

Third place: Art’s Tavern, Glen Arbor

More Red Hot Best Burgers:

Don’s Drive-In

10 Best French Fries

First place: Slabtown Burgers, Traverse City
They keep the oil hot and fresh, and cut the potatoes each day. Not too thick. Not too thin. Golden brown perfection.

Second place: Bubba’s, Traverse City

Third place: Rare Bird Brewpub, Traverse City

More Red Hot Best French Fries:

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