Tastes and Treats of Traverse City

Traverse City Area Foodie Tour
A driving foodie tour through Traverse City area will leave you satisfied and full. The Grand Traverse area encompasses an array of local eateries, restaurants and food markets. They have a place for any appetite, you just have to look. Along with great food the area offers beautiful beaches, delicious wineries and scenic boat rides. Spend time to get to know this wonderful area, you wont be disappointed!

1. Blue Tractor Cook Shop, Traverse CityBLUE TRACTOR COOK SHOP & THE SHED 
    423 South Union Street
    Traverse City, MI 49684
    Ph: (231) 922-9515
 

Located in historic Olde Towne Traverse City, at the former site of Dill's Olde Towne Saloon, Blue Tractor is an Old School Dining Establishment. They offer true country home cooking with soups, sandwiches, burgers and BBQ made from the highest quality ingredients that Northern Michigan has to offer. They are committed to offering fresh, local products whenever available. 

2. Grand Traverse Pie Co., Traverse CityGRAND TRAVERSE PIE CO. 
    525 West Front St.
    Traverse City, MI 49684
    Ph: (231) 922-7437
 

Founded in 1996 by Mike and Denise Busley, Grand Traverse Pie Co. has been making all kinds of fresh, homemade pies, including fruit pies, cream pies, pot pies, along with quiches, cookies, scones and muffins. They are committed to using Michigan products and suppliers whenever possible, and strive to be a connecting point in each of their communities. The cherries in their pies are Michigan cherries from the Traverse City area, and along with pies their menu includes soups and sandwiches. They are nationally known as one of the Best Foods To Buy Online by Oprah in her O Magazine. 

3. Right Brain Brewery, Traverse CityRIGHT BRAIN BREWERY 
    225 East 16th Street
    Traverse City, MI 49684
    Ph: (231) 944-1239

A redeveloped old warehouse is the location for Right Brain which features at least 12 northern Michigan beers on tap at most times. They are shooting for 18 with three cask ales. The brew-master, John Niedermaier, is famous for putting a variety of ingredients in his recipes, from chocolate and healthier to coffee and raspberries. The menu is non-existent, but you can bring your food with you. They do offer a few snacks such as Redheads Hummus, Farm Boy Flap Jack Tortilla Chips, Uncle Gene's Backwoods Pretzels, Sweet Asylum's Trail Mix and Pop-kies popcorn.  

4. The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse CityTHE VILLAGE AT GRAND TRAVERSE COMMONS
     1200 W. 11th Street
     Traverse City, MI 49684
     Ph: (231) 941-1900
 

Many of the areas foodie attractions are located in The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a vibrant new multi-use development on the site of what was once the local mental asylum. The Village offers places like Higher Grounds Trading Co., which features 100% fair trade and organic handcrafted coffee, Trattoria Stella, a restaurant that prepares its menu items from locally grown food and creates a new menu every day, The Village at Grand Traverse Commons Farmers Market and so much more.   

5. Moomer's Homemade Ice Cream, Traverse CityMOOMERS HOMEMADE ICE CREAM 
    7263 N. Long Lake Rd.
    Traverse City, MI 49684
    Ph: (231) 941-4122

Moomers was started by Jon and Nancy Plummer and has grown to be known as the best ice cream store in the country by viewers of Good Morning America. This isnt your normal ice cream shop as they offer over 100 flavors of ice cream, which make picking your favorite ice cream very hard. Some unique flavors include Cupcake, Lemon Poppyseed Muffin, Mr. Monkey Tail and their classic Mooberry. No worries they still have classic flavors and can make a custom flavor just for you. 

6. Fish Tacos at Scott's Harbor Grill, Traverse CityHARBOR 22 AND GRILL  
   12719 SW Bay Shore
    Traverse City, MI 49684
    Ph: (231) 922-2114

Overlooking beautiful Grand Traverse Bay, Harbor 22 is a great dining choice only minutes from downtown Traverse City. Their Chef has created a fresh, Great Lakes inspired menu with an emphasis on locally sourced product. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and the decor is inspired by the marina right outside our window. The patio is a warm weather hot spot with full-service dining and an outdoor bar. 

7. Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market, Traverse CitySARA HARDY DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET
    Parking Lot B, Corner of Cass and Grandview Parkway    
    Traverse City, MI 49684
    Ph: (231) 922-2050

The market is located in downtown Traverse City between Cass and Union Streets just off the Grandview Parkway (across from Clinch Park). You will find vendors and shoppers displaying and selling a variety of locally grown and produced goods. The market offers fresh and unique local fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, baked goods, soaps, meats, coffees and so much more. The market is open every Wednesday from mid June through October and every Saturday from Mothers Day through October. 

8. The Cooks' House, Traverse CityTHE COOKS HOUSE 
    115 Wellington Street
    Traverse City, MI 49684
    Ph: (231) 946-8700 

The Cooks House restaurant promotes and celebrates local sustainable foods by including local agriculture and artisan made products on their menu. They use a long list of suppliers from the area to prepare their delicious meals, which change daily. Some of these suppliers include American Spoon, Brownwood Farms, Sanders Meats, Zingermans Creamery, Cross Fisheries and many more. 

9. Traverse Tall Ship Co., Traverse CityTRAVERSE TALL SHIP CO., LLC 
   13258 S.W. Bay Shore Dr.
    Traverse City, MI 49684 
    Toll free: (800) 678-0383
    Ph: (231) 941-2000

Known as the Tall Ship Manitou, this ship offers a breathtaking venue for weddings, corporate functions, birthdays and reunions. The ship is also a floating bed & breakfast, and has specialty cruises that include Microbrew & Pizza Nights, Moomers Ice Cream Sails, Wine Tasting Sails, and many more. Manitou sails out of Traverse City and offers a Noon Sail, Afternoon Sail and a popular Evening Sail that includes specially catered meals. Each adventure is two hours in length. 

10. Wood-fire Oven Pizza, Black Star Farms, Suttons BayBLACK STAR FARMS 
      10844 E. Revold Rd.
      Suttons Bay, MI 49682
      Ph: (231) 944-1270

One destination with a lot to offer is Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay. Their agricultural destination feature a winery with an adjacent tasting room, an inn and specialty cafe. The tasting room offers an extensive list of wines, ciders, brandies and dessert wines. The Inn features a "farm to  table" culinary event and dinners throughout the year. The Hearth & Vine is open late May to October and has a menu with wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, salads, fresh local vegetables, and a wine list of Black Star Farms wines. The restaurant also has a market that sells house-made granola, scones, cookies, jams and jellies as well as "foodie" products from local area artisans.

11. Grocer's Daughter Chocolate, EmpireGROCERS DAUGHTER CHOCOLATE 
      12020 S. Leelanau Hwy (M-22)
      Empire, MI 49630
      Ph: (231) 326-3030

A delectable stop on your tour is at Grocers Daughter Chocolate, where they create homemade chocolates blended with local herbs, flowers, fruits, nuts and honey. Some of their delicious truffle flavors are blueberry, almond, espresso, honey, lavender, pear ginger, rosemary and whiskey. Gift boxes and custom orders for special events like weddings are available. They even offer Chocolate-Of-The-Month Club for true chocolate lovers or as a great gift. 

For more culinary destinations, please visit Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Bureau.

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