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
This beloved, bright blue street taco truck offers a myriad of taco options from pork carnitas to chicken with a cabbage slaw. All tacos are 100% gluten free, and with vegan and vegetarian options available, everyone loves Dia de Los Tacos! Follow their Facebook page to see where they’ll be popping up next!
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Benzie & Leelanau
Specializing in Asian fusion and ethnic street food, you can find Mary’s Asian Cuisine in the cute yellow truck right off of US-31 in downtown Beulah. Order some sesame chicken or delicious Asian tacos and sit at picnic tables while you enjoy Mary’s magic. You’ll be thinking about the spring rolls for days after! Follow their Facebook page for daily updates.
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Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington
The Brunchin’ Betty food truck has no rules when it comes to brunch! Runner up in the Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race in 2019, the Brunch Babes offer everything from crazy delicious donuts to loaded cheeseburger tots made fresh daily. Brunch with the Brunchin’ Betty is the only way to start your day! Find them at the 10 Spot in Ludington and check out their Facebook page for updates and daily specials.
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Charlevoix & the Chain of Lakes
Southern smokehouse flavor right in Northern Michigan! From the smoker right to your plate, award winning chef Adam Kline wants to cook up the best BBQ you’ve ever tasted. Fresh from his scratch-made truck kitchen, choose from carefully crafted sandwiches, platters, tacos, soups, and salads. Enjoy some double rubbed and smoked brisket nuggets from Northern Michigan’s only “Rolling Smokehouse”!
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Photo by Kathryn Davis
Kalkaska Gaylord and Grayling
Tie: The Dig’s Food Truck, Elmira & Billy Bob’s Boneyard, Kalkaska
Too much good food to pick just one favorite in this region!
Pick up some delicious Asian cuisine from The Dig’s Food Truck. Head chef Devin decided to use his culinary degree and his time stationed in Korea and Japan to create delicious takes on classic Asian dishes. Follow their Facebook page for their mobile schedule or visit their new permanent location in Gaylord!
Billy Bob’s Boneyard is serving up your favorite comfort foods deep fried and barbecued. Plop their signature pulled pork with homemade BBQ sauce on just about anything: mac & cheese, sliders, fries, and more! If you’re still hungry, be sure to order from their deep-fried ice cream, cheesecake, and Oreos!
Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits
Get a taste of Northern Michigan’s favorite taco shop at their Petoskey location! With a passion for good food and local ingredients, Happy’s Taco shop has garnered an almost-cult following with their incredibly addicting street tacos that explode with unique flavors. Find them in Petoskey’s Back Lot Beer Garden and follow their Facebook for more updates and specials.
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People just can’t get enough of Happy’s Tacos! Find Happy’s Taco Shop at their OG, permanent location in Traverse City at The Little Fleet. Enjoy their flavorful street tacos on the charming outdoor patio of the Little Fleet – we promise you’ll be back for more!
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