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American Spoon Cafe and Gelato

411 E. Lake St.
Petoskey  Michigan  49770
United States
(231) 347-1739
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Midwest Living Review

Emily Tennyson
Renowned for its jams, this spot also serves some of the region's best food.

American Spoon Food Cafe, overlooking Petoskey's leafy Pennsylvania Park, bills itself as a gelato shop. So you can imagine our surprise to find a cafe serving salads with nasturtium blossoms and foraged mushrooms. Not to mention a charcuterie board, and a pork belly sandwich with porcine flavor so piquant we almost fainted.

Maybe we shouldn't have been surprised considering American Spoon Foods’ roots. Thirty years ago, New York chef Larry Forgione and Michigan farmer Justin Rashid combined forces to create fruit preserves from local produce. Those jams, available at six stores and online, still constitute the core of the business. (Make sure to swing by the shop for free samples. The fruit flavors sing.) Just as those memorable preserves masquerade as mere jelly, the American Spoon Cafe menu appears quite predictable: egg dishes, sandwiches, soups and salads. However, saying that the cafe serves "breakfast" and "lunch" misses the delicious point. Salads from $5, sandwiches from $9, gelato from $4.

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