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Traverse City, Michigan City Trip - Restaurants

Aerie, at the Grand Traverse Resort
Aerie, at the Grand Traverse Resort

Where to Eat in Traverse City

Great places to eat for your stay in Traverse City.

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Aerie, at the Grand Traverse Resort
100 Grand Traverse Village
Acme, MI
231-534-6800
www.grandtraverseresort.com

$$$$

Chef Ted Cizma and crew whip up amazing feasts from local harvests in a top-notch, high-flying eatery on the 16th floor of the Grand Traverse Resort.

Amical
229 E. Front St.
Downtown
Traverse City, MI
231-941-8888
www.amical.com

$$$

A French-style bistro with a patio and a Traverse City soul.

Bluebird Restaurant
102 River St.
Leland, MI
231-256-9081
www.leelanau.com/bluebird

$$$

A Fishtown tradition since 1927, when the Telgard family opened it. The family still runs this comfy place on the river, and the walleye and perch are not to be missed.

Boone's Prime Time Pub
102 N. St. Joseph St.
Suttons Bay, MI
231-271-6688

$$

Rustic digs with big burgers, steaks, fresh fish and great servers.

Early Bird Restaurant
101 S. Main St.
Leland, MI
231-256-9656

$

A great place for breakfast all day.

Eurostop
620 Railroad Place
Midtown
Traverse City, MI
231-421-1168
www.eurostopcafe.com

$$

Former newspaper editor Kathy Gibbons traded her computer for a gleaming commercial kitchen in a former railway station. Try her mouthwatering array of to-go and dine-in deli delights, focaccia, soups, salads, entrees and desserts.

Mackinaw Brewing Co
161 E. Front St.
Downtown
Traverse City, MI
231-933-1100
www.mackinawbrewing.com

$$

This corner brewpub with the ship-hip interior boasts some of the town's best baby back ribs, walleye and fried perch. The list of brew-skis is impressive, too.

Moomers Ice Cream
7263 N. Long Lake Rd.
West Traverse City, MI
231-941-4122
www.moomers.com

$

This country creamery offers fieldtrips and hayrides along with at least 20 flavors of premium ice cream packed in the case, waiting to be savored. Moomers is the 2008 winner of TV's Good Morning America best ice cream in the country.

Old Mission Tavern/Bella Galleria
17015 Center Rd.
Old Mission Peninsula
Traverse City, MI
231-223-7280
www.oldmissiontavern.com

$$$

Sculptor Verna Bartnick's baby, 14 miles out on Old Mission Peninsula, serves continental cuisine, prime rib, steaks, chops, local fish and fine art. On Sunday afternoons, it's country chicken, the way you remember.

Omelette Shoppe and Bakery
124 S. Cass St.
Downtown
Traverse City, MI
231-946-0912
www.4gr8food.com

$

The original location for a Traverse City original. Go for the omelettes, like the name indicates.

Patisserie Amie
237 Lake Ave. near Eighth St.
Midtown
Traverse City, MI
231-922-9645

$$

Midtown bistro with big windows, street patio serves fresh soups, crepes, omelettes, salads, housemade baguettes and pastries with a major French twist.

Red Ginger
237 E. Front St.
Downtown
Traverse City, MI
231-944-1733
www.eatatginger.com

$$$

Chef/owner Dan Marsh does all things Asian well-and his steaks aren't bad, either. This is the place to see and be seen at the bar in front. Get a martini, grab a stool and act like one of the beautiful people.

Red Mesa Grill
1544 N. U.S.-31 N
East side
Traverse City, MI
231-938-2773
www.magnumhospitality.com

$$

Latin American food and south of the border libations, served with a sassy, good-time attitude.

Right Brain Brewery
221 Garland St
Warehouse District
Traverse City, MI
www.rightbrainbrewery.com

 

Get buzzed while a real barber cuts your fuzz at this craft beermaker in the emerging Warehouse District. Next door there's cutting-edge outsider art at the InsideOut Gallery.


Trattoria Stella
1200 W. 11th St.
Village at Grand Traverse Commons
Traverse City, MI
231-929-8989
www.stellatc.com

 

Chef Myles Anton does wonders with fresh fish, morels and other local delicacies, procured from organic farms.



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