The classic, the questionable and the crazy-good. These are the Northern Michigan foods you’ve just gotta try. 

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  1. Fish Boil
  2. Raw Maple Sap
  3. Traditional Pasty / The Pasty Oven, Quinnesec
  4. Strawberries, Bardenhagen Berries, Lake Leelanau
  5. Smash Burger, Glendale Ave., Traverse City
  6. Bloody Mary Mix, American Spoon, Petoskey (Recipe: An All Michigan Bloody Mary)
  7. Morel And Leek Omelette
  8. Maple Sausage, Louie’s Meats, Traverse City
  9. Smoked Whitefish Paté, Carlson’s Fishery, Leland
  10. Heidi’s Favorite Pizza, Vivio’s Northwoods Inn, Indian River
  11. Butter Pecan Ice Cream, Moomers, Traverse City
  12. Fried Fish Roe (Yooper Caviar)
  13. Raclette, Leelanau Cheese Co., Suttons Bay
  14. Spaghetti Sauce, Baroni’s, Hancock
  15. Chocolate Chunk, Tom’s Mom’s Cookies, Harbor Springs
  16. Thimbleberries Out Of Your Hand
  17. Asparagus Soup, Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern, Northport
  18. Rhubarb Pie, House Of Pies, Alanson
  19. Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, The Bluebird, Leland
  20. Walleye Cheeks
  21. Salsa, The Roadhouse, Benzonia
  22. Fresh Sweet Corn, Hall Farms, Traverse City
  23. Pan Fried Trout, Gates Ausable Lodge, Grayling
  24. Pesto On Your Pizza, Chef Charles, Elk Rapids
  25. Venison Sausage
  26. Pecan Ball, Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
  27. Thanksgiving Turkey, Biehl’s Farm, Mancelona
  28. Sour Cherry Patches, Cherry Republic, Glen Arbor
  29. Homemade Pie, With Apples You Picked
  30. Hummingbird Nectar Tea, Light Of Day Organics, Traverse City 
  31. Traverse City Potato Burger, The Railside Bar & Grill, Elmira
  32. Dark Chocolate Covered Potato Chips, Alpine Chocolat Haus, Boyne City
  33. Porketta Sandwich, Crispigna’s Italian Market, Iron Mountain
  34. Fruit Cake, The Jampot, Eagle Harbor (These are the monks who bake it
  35. Peanut Butter/Miracle Whip/Iceberg Lettuce/White Bread Sandwich (It’s A Gaylord Thing)
  36. Cinnamon Bread, Dutch Oven Bakery, Alanson
  37. Big “c” Burger With Cheese, Clyde’s Drive-in, St. Ignace
  38. Chicken Jalapeño Soup, Art’s Tavern, Glen Arbor
  39. Candy Bar, Sayklly’s, Escanaba
  40. Chicken Pot Pie, Good Hart General Store, Good Hart (Visit the store on a Tunnel of Trees fall color tour
  41. Pepper Parmesan Roll, Crooked Tree Breadworks, Petoskey
  42. Hobo Pies ‘round The Campfire
  43. Bacon, Honor Family Market, Honor
  44. Apple Cider Doughnuts, Friske Farm Market, Ellsworth
  45. Sucker Burgers (Here’s the recipe)
  46. Pork Chops, Plath’s Meats, Rogers City
  47. Pan Fried Chicken Dinner, Dam Site Inn, Pellston
  48. Buffalo Burger, Oleson’s, Traverse City
  49. Jerky, Gabes Country Market, Maple City
  50. Sweet Cherries, Pits Spat Out The Car Window (Here’s where to pick your own!

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