Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, has been on the hunt for must-try food finds, local cookbooks and artisan, made-in-Northern-Michigan kitchen wares for decades. Now, in print each month, our editors feature these delicious small bites and home items. Watch as this tasty list grows online, and get ready to take a road trip to find these special Northern Michigan dishes and goods!

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May 2022 Small Bite: Mimi’s Homemade Chicken Soup

2070 J. Maddy Parkway, Interlochen | Mimi’s Taqueria Website

Don’t let the simple name fool you. This is no ordinary chicken and rice soup. Husband and wife Angel and Mimi Sanchez, owners of Mimi’s Taqueria in Interlochen, have put a Mexican spin on it, adding pico de gallo, cilantro, finely diced jalapeños and crispy tortillas for a just-right salty-spicy kick. And that lime wedge served on the side? Squeeze it on top for a zesty finale. Call ahead so you can bring some home for dinner on Cinco de Mayo, along with an order of churros, of course.

Chicken soup with tortillas from Mimi's in Interlochen

Photo by Mimi's Taqueria

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April 2022 Small Bite: The Bread Lady’s Caprese Bread

19773 Linwood Ave., Lake Ann | The Bread Lady’s Website

Rachel Beckwith’s cinnamon rolls put her on the map in 2019 as Lake Ann’s Bread Lady, but now customers also come for the 28 rotating flavors of bread and sweets like buckeye brownies and lemon bars. For Easter or Mother’s Day brunch, we’re craving the best-selling Caprese bread—a constant on the menu made fresh daily with tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and a balsamic glaze—which Rachel says is especially good for BLTs. (I bought a loaf for “fact-checking” and can confirm it makes a darn good sandwich.) Find The Bread Lady at her Lake Ann home where the garage has been converted into a kitchen and small shop open to the public or the Interlochen, Frankfort and Elk Rapids farmers markets.

Caprese Bread from the Lake Ann Bread Lady

Photo by The Lake Ann Bread Lady

March 2022 Small Bite: Taproot Cider House Shepherd’s Pie

300 E. Front St., Traverse City | Taproot Website

To experience a true celebration of Made in Northern Michigan, grab a seat at Taproot Cider House in downtown TC. Proprietor Jen Viren has (literally) put down roots in the community—a taproot (the strongest root and the foundation of a tree) is the centerpiece behind the bar. To Jen, roots represent local partnerships—something she and husband/co-owner/chef Andrew Viren showcase in every item on the menu.

On March’s still chill nights, we love their take on a classic English dish: Shepherd’s Pie. Served up bubbling hot in a crock, it features Zimba Farms organic grass-fed beef, Providence Farm ground lamb, Omena Organics sweet peas, Lakeview Hill organic Oneida gold potatoes and St. Ambrose red wine. Pair it with a glass of cherry ginger hard cider. “Its bright complex flavors cut through the richness and bring the dish to life,” Jen says.

Shepherd's Pie from Taproot in Traverse City

Photo by Taproot Cider House

Photo(s) by Mimi's Taqueria