433 Main St., Frankfort
This market on Main and the corner of Fifth Street has a huge selection of sauces and salsas for dipping on your Northern Michigan Thanksgiving. That being said, co-owner Chris Mekas’ favorite right now is Benjamin Twiggs’ Blazing Red Hot Cherry Salsa with both jalapeño and habanero peppers. For a post-dinner beverage by the fireplace, Chris recommends the Michigan-made Round Barn cream wines (like a cream liqueur but made with wine): Black Walnut (available year-round), Salted Caramel (fall) and Mint Chocolate (winter). Sip them chilled, on the rocks or in coffee and cocoa.
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509 W. Front. St., Traverse City
At this Front Street stalwart, you’re going to want to pick up two items: the house-made cranberry sage sausage stuffing and the tipsy gravy (it’s got a touch of white wine). General Manager and Co-Owner Jake Kaberle tells us both are customer favorites year after year. And if you’re looking for wine, cider or beer, the beverage department here is fantastic. Wine & Beverage Manager Shawn Harvey can pair anything—like Left Foot Charley Cinnamon Girl cider with a bowl of Moomer’s vanilla ice cream and Food for Thought’s Great Lakes pear preserves!
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2294 Petoskey Harbor Springs Rd. (M-119), Petoskey
Toski Sands offers a savory assortment of prepared foods: chicken pot pie, lasagna, gouda mac ‘n’ cheese and more. While you’re doing your Thanksgiving shopping, pick up one of this ready-to-heat entrées as an easy meal for the night before T-day. Also, look for the frozen baked brie with toppings like prosciutto pesto and peach chutney with pecans—it’s a party pleaser. Finish up in the new 1,100-square-foot wine room featuring more than 800 varieties.
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