December’s Bite: The Queens Head Wine Pub Smoked Trout Chowder
Located at 250 N. Huron St. in Cheboygan | View The Queens Head Wine Pub Website
Photo by The Queens Head Wine Pub
November’s Bite: Grandma Tillie’s Gourmet Cinnamon Rolls
Stop by the brick-and-mortar café (early, they often sell out), at 437 E. Mitchell St. in Petoskey and order the family four-pack. Or, have them delivered. To order online, select “menu” then “shipping items.”
Related Read: 30 Best Things Near Petoskey & Harbor Springs (Wine, Hotel, More!)
Photo by Tillie's Tafel
Photo by Tillie's Tafel
October’s Bite: Apple Dumplings from Frankfort’s Crescent Bakery
Visit Crescent Bakery at 404 Main St., Frankfort and visit their official website for additional information: crescentbakery.com
Related Read: Lunch with a View: Don’t Miss this Harbor Springs Fall Color Hike.
Photo by Crescent Bakery & Cafe
September’s Bite: “Why We Cook: Women on Food, Identity, and Connection”
Related Read: Farm Club Honors Traverse City Community, Land & Local Food.
Photo by Lindsay Gardner
August’s Bite: The Greenberg Special at Gates Au Sable Lodge
Gates Au Sable Lodge Restaurant Website | 471 S. Stephan Bridge Rd, Grayling, MI 49738
Related Read: Red Hot Best 2021: 46 Best of Kalkaska, Gaylord & Grayling.
Photo by Gates Au Sable Lodge
July’s Bite: American Spoon’s Red Raspberry Compote
American Spoon Northern Michigan Locations | American Spoon Website
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June’s Bite: The Glenwood’s Triple Berry Pie
4604 Main St, Onekama | The Glenwood Website
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May’s Bite: Spanglish Tacos
1333 Yellow Dr., Traverse City | Spanglish Website
Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Vicente and Anna Serrano, Spanglish is a delicious marriage of traditional Mexican recipes and fresh Northern Michigan ingredients. Anna and Vicente pride themselves on serving generous portions at affordable prices, and their tacos are a prime example of that mission. Order à la carte, or try the three taco deal (warning: you will absolutely have leftovers!). You can add on guac, avocado, hot sauce or sour cream, but I recommend trying the unaltered version first. Stop by on Cinco de Mayo for homemade tamales, burritos and, of course, tacos.
Photo by Spanglish
April’s Bite: Stuffed Ricotta Ravioli Pasta
Now that restaurants in Michigan are once again open for dine-in, Forrest and Nicole are continuing to offer frozen pasta (pre-order online and pick up on Thursdays between 3–7 p.m.), but are swapping out the carryout dinners in exchange for a happy hour food menu with cocktails and wine by the glass each Thursday from 4–7 p.m. Just stop by, reservations aren’t necessary for happy hour. The food studio also has an onsite wine shop, which carries natural and organic wines (open Thursdays and when Forrest and Nicole are rolling out pasta dough; swing by if you’re in the area). Each bottle has a notecard with food pairing suggestions, making it easy for anyone to select a complementary combo.
What I ordered (and loved): stuffed ricotta ravioli pasta. For his house-made ravioli, Forrest makes ricotta using milk from Moomers Farm Creamery, adding basil, black pepper and chives. I paired my pasta, topped with rosemary goat cheese cream, with a bottle of Loveblock, a New Zealand sauvignon blanc. 408 S. Union St., Traverse City
Pssst! The oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are amazing. Do not leave without an order. (Each order contains two cookies; I don’t recommend sharing. Everyone, get your own!)
Photo by Forrest A Food Studio
March’s Bite: Michigan Maple Walnut Fudge
In the heart of maple syrup season, order a thick half-pound slab of Michigan Maple Walnut Fudge. Opened in 1887, the Original Murdick’s Fudge is Mackinac Island’s first fudge shop, and more than 130 years later, the fudge is still made the same way—a recipe filled with history, art and science.
To achieve Murdick’s signature texture, fudge makers must cook and shape each of the 20-plus flavors at different, and exact, temperatures. “Our fudge is creamy inside with a slightly firmer exterior after it sets, and that’s very different than any other fudge you’ll find on Mackinac Island,” says Co-owner Bob Benser. “Other fudges are very creamy throughout, which lots of people like, but our recipe follows old-fashioned techniques that have been passed down through the generations.”
Lucky for all of us, for the first time Murdick’s is keeping its online store open year-round in 2021, delivering luscious treats to your doorstep in every season.
Photo by Kelly Hofman
Photo by Kelly Rewa
40 Delicious Food Finds to Add to Your Small Bite Exploration
Feast on this Northern Michigan food tour from Ludington to Marquette.
Red Rooster Coffee & Community / Ludington
These little cuties get a double dose of ginger—ground and finely chopped candied—for a kiss of delightful heat in every buttery bite. Ludington’s favorite coffeehouse sources them from the nearby Laughing Tree Brick Oven in Hart.
DUCK FRENCH ONION SOUP
Cafe Santé / Boyne City
Long simmered roasted duck broth flush with shredded confit gets a lid of baguette crouton and Gruyère gratinée to drive away the residual winter chill.
The Marq / Marquette
My advice for The Marq, Marquette’s on-trend temple of contemporary eats, is to order everything. If you’re making hard choices then order the chitarra carbonara: hand-cut ribbons of fresh pasta with crispy lamb belly, egg and Parmigiano.
SPICY HABANERO PICKLED ASPARAGUS
Natural Northern Foods / Traverse City
Launch your Bloody Mary game to new heights with these little javelins of pickled-crisp perfection.