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From charming bistros to lakeside patios with signature cocktails, you voted for your favorite Northern Michigan restaurant in each region. Here are the winners—bring a fork!

A record-breaking 16,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2021 Red Hot Best Awards, recognizing winners from across seven regions and 46 different categories in Northern Michigan. The categories include everything from healthcare and frontline workers to takeout and hiking trails. This is how we celebrate Northern Michigan! 

Searching for the full winner’s list? Here are the Red Hot Best Winners 2021: The Best of Northern Michigan.

Above the Bridge Best Restaurant Winner

Carriage House at Hotel Iroquois, Mackinac Island

Sit back and sip on a cocktail as you enjoy the incredible view of the Straits of Mackinac from an elegant outdoor waterfront veranda. An island-wide favorite for an upscale evening out, the Carriage House offers local seafood entrees, an extensive wine list and nightly entertainment at an outdoor piano bar. Don’t forget to order a dessert that comes drizzled with signature Iroquois hot fudge!

View the full list of Above the Bridge Red Hot Best winners to find the best wineries, beaches and much more.

mackinac island carriage house

Benzie & Leelanau Best Restaurant

Martha’s Leelanau Table, Suttons Bay

A charming bistro and cafe that serves European-inspired entrees made from scratch. Uniquely located inside of a centuries-old farmhouse, Martha’s specializes in local food and wines from family-run farms on the surrounding Leelanau Peninsula.

View the full list of Benzie and Leelanau Red Hot Best winners to find the best breweries, events and more.

Martha's Leelanau Table, Suttons Bay, restaurant, Leelanau, outdoor dining

The Best Restaurant in Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington

The Glenwood, Onekama

Dine in a historic 1920s resort off of M-22 that overlooks beautiful Portage Lake and its channel into Lake Michigan. The Glenwood offers a distinctive yet casual lakeside dining experience for guests. The menu features fresh fish, steaks, chicken, pasta and locally grown vegetables all prepared with housemade products. 

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Charlevoix & The Chain of Lakes Best Restaurant

Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen, Elk Rapids

Looking for a delicious, authentic and lively dining experience? Pearl’s New Orleans Kitchen embraces the roots of both Cajun and Creole styles of cooking. The menu offers authentic southern dishes like etouffee and jambalaya alongside crawfish, shrimp and other fresh seafood. Order a cocktail from the place where they originated, or check out the fun selection of Louisiana and local microbrews on tap. 

View the full list of Charlevoix & Chain of Lakes region Red Hot Best winners.

pearl's, elk rapids restaurant, creole

Gaylord, Kalkaska & Grayling’s Best Restaurant

Trout Town Tavern & Eatery, Kalkaska

A cozy, casual spot in downtown Kalkaska that offers a wide variety of entrees including fresh fish dinners, brisket, pub food and salads. Stop in and enjoy hometown comfort food and some brews with a woodsy, Northern Michigan ambiance. 

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Best Restaurant in Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits

Legs Inn, Cross Village

One of Michigan’s most iconic restaurants that sits beckoning at the end of the Tunnel of Trees, Leggs Inn has offered authentic Polish food since it was built in 1921. On their menu, you can also find traditional American cuisine, locally caught whitefish and 100 varieties of beer from around the world. Try a Leggs Inn signature cocktail as you sit on the bluff and enjoy a truly unbeatable view of Lake Michigan.

Looking for the best beaches, wineries and more? View the full list of Petoskey, Harbor Springs and The Straits Red Hot Best winners.

Legs Inn

Red Hot Best Restaurant in Traverse City 

Red Ginger, Traverse City

Located in the heart of downtown Traverse City next to the State Theatre is an upscale, Pan-Asian dining experience waiting for you. Red Ginger’s menu celebrates the flavors of Asian cuisine with small plates and signature cocktails. Their menu features entrees and small plates like potstickers, Vietnamese spring rolls and seafood pad thai.

Searching for more of Traverse City’s top beaches, breweries and more? View the full Traverse City Red Hot Best winners list.

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Find the full Red Hot Best list in the June 2021 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine; or subscribe and get Traverse delivered to your door each month.

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner