Top Choice Pizza in Traverse City

Filling Station

This family-owned business in a former railway terminal has been serving up wood-fired pizzas, fresh green salads and craft beer since 2012. Check out the specials board for seasonal items like the Oktoberfest pizza…
American in Saugatuck & Douglas

Phil's Bar & Grille

This humming pub turns out terrific broasted (combining broiling and roasting) chicken, fish tacos, lamb lollipops and gumbo in a cozy, wood-floored room.
Seafood in Harbor Country


From smoked trout to al pastor-style cod tacos to good old fish and chips, high-quality seafood in a vast array of preparations is the signature at this gourmet grocer and takeout spot. Even if fish isn't your thing…
Cafe in Traverse City

Grand Traverse Pie Company

Fill up on fresh fruit pies made from regional bounty at this locally owned cafe. Our favorite? The ABC Crumb, made from a mix of Michigan blueberries, apples and, of course, cherries. In addition to the sweet treat…
American in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Empire Village Inn

Enter the low A-frame building, grab a seat at a scuffed wood table and order one of the local beers on tap while waiting for your excellent, doughy-crust pizza to arrive. Burgers and sandwiches satisfy too, along w…
Southern US in Muskegon & Ludington

Table 14

Top-notch Lowcountry cuisine in Northern Michigan? You betcha. Excellent service and a warm atmosphere are hallmarks of this popular restaurant on Ludington's main drag. Flaky crab cakes and house-smoked salmon are …
Seafood in Leland


The Cove's specialty is whitefish that it prepares four ways (baked with almonds, stuffed with crab, encrusted with garlic, and foil-baked with peppers), all served at a good-time, waterside location.
Ice Cream in Gold Coast

Sherman’s Dairy Bar

Beloved Sherman’s scoops massive cones in 50 flavors (try the Mackinac Island fudge). It can't get any fresher, since it's made in the on-site factory. Lines can be lengthy.
Bakery in Saugatuck & Douglas

Crane's Pie Pantry

Buy a bulging slice, or pick apples and peaches in the surrounding orchards. Crane's is in Fennville, 3 miles south on the Blue Star Hwy, then 4 miles inland on Hwy 89.
Pub Food in Traverse City

North Peak Brewing Company

Munch pizzas, mussels and pretzel-crusted walleye with the housemade suds. A five-beer sampler costs $7. Not a brew drinker? North Peak also makes root beer.