Best New Midwest Places to Play, Eat and Stay: 2011
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Kansas City, Missouri: Glace Artisan Ice Cream Chocolatier Christopher Elbow uses local Shatto Milk Company cream in delish flavor combos like peanut butter with a swirl of homemade strawberry jam (816/561-1117; glaceicecream.com).
Dickinson, North Dakota: Stix 'n' Twigs You gotta love an organic veggie cafe sprouting in the gateway to cowboy country off I-94'--especially with sandwiches this hearty (701/483-7849).
Traverse City: Michigan Soul Hole It ain't fancy, but patrons are piling into this tiny Old Town dining room for the Southern crawfish, po'boys, sweet tea and drunken peach cobbler (231/929-7238).
Fish Creek, Wisconsin: Coopers' Corner Door County comfort is the yin to this contemporary bistro's yang. You'll see that everywhere, especially in the wild mushroom strudel with porcini cream and cherry spinach salad with lingonberry vinaigrette (920/868-2667; cooperscornerdoorcounty.com).