Traverse Area Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Traverse Area Trip Guide

Farm-to-table restaurants and fabulous resorts make Traverse City (and nearby towns) delicious fun.

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Simonsen's Bakery and Cafe in Charlevoix
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Where to eat

Aerie Restaurant and Lounge Enjoy superb service and a wall of windows looking out on Grand Traverse Bay while sampling dishes such as sea bass with Mediterranean black truffle risotto. In the Grand Traverse Resort. See reviews and ratings. (231) 534-6000; grandtraverseresort.com 

Amical The menu at this Traverse City bistro changes seasonally, but savory tomato soup served under a puff pastry shell is always available. (231) 941-8888; amical.com

Chandler’s Restaurant This cozy little Up North restaurant is good for exquisite grilled four-cheese sandwiches, sushi and everything in between. See reviews and ratings. (231) 347-2981; lakeandhoward.com

The Cooks’ House Chefs work with Michigan farmers, artisans and producers to procure ingredients for their menus, and the quality shows. (231) 946-8700; thecookshouse.net

The Cove When you’re in Leland, try the Cove’s secret-recipe seafood chowder (made with shrimp and clams) and a surprisingly delicious Chubby Mary—a bloody mary garnished with a smoked chub. (231) 256-9834; thecoveleland.com

Grand Traverse Pie Company This Traverse City institution recently opened a shop downtown. The home-style fruit pies are among the area’s best. (231) 929-7841; gtpie.com

Legs Inn Authentic Polish dishes and quixotic decor draw travelers here, north of Harbor Springs in Cross Village. Open seasonally. See reviews and ratings. (231) 526-2281; legsinn.com

Martha’s Leelanau Table Everything on the menu at this Suttons Bay (15 miles north of Traverse City) cafe is made from scratch. Try the Leelanau raclette, which you can order as a fondue. See reviews and ratings. (231) 271-2344; marthasleelanautable.com

Moomers Situated on a dairy farm, Moomers makes more than 100 varieties of premium ice cream every season. (231) 941-4122; moomers.com

Simonsen's Bakery and Cafe This cute Charlevoix find channels Paris with outdoor seating and elegant pastries. (231) 237-9480

Trattoria Stella Dishes are from-scratch, seasonal and celebrate local ingredients. One example: green bean salad with a lemon-garlic dressing and soft Gorgonzola. (231) 929-8989; stellatc.com

Underground Cheesecake Company The most fun item on the menu is cheesecake on a stick, but purists will enjoy the traditional offerings as well. In Traverse City. See reviews and ratings. (231) 929-4418; undergroundcheesecake.com

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