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Favorite Restaurants Around Traverse City, MI

Traverse City, Michigan, holds a special place in my heart. From childhood summers spent at my grandma's cottage to girls' weekends exploring wineries, and now as a homeowner in nearby Frankfort, my connection to this charming city has only deepened…

Favorite Restaurants Around Traverse City, MI - JenniferMeyering.com

Traverse City, MI

Traverse City, Michigan, holds a special place in my heart. From childhood summers spent at my grandma’s cottage to girls’ weekends exploring wineries, and now as a homeowner in nearby Frankfort, my connection to this charming city has only deepened over the years.

Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, Traverse City is known for its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and, of course, its incredible food scene. Join me as I take you on a culinary journey through my favorite restaurants around Traverse City, MI.

A Brief History of Traverse City

Traverse City, often referred to as the “Cherry Capital of the World,” has a rich history that dates back to the mid-19th century. Originally inhabited by the Ottawa and Chippewa tribes, the area saw its first European settlers in the 1840s. The city’s growth was fueled by the lumber industry, and by the late 1800s, it had become a bustling hub of commerce and trade. Today, Traverse City is a popular tourist destination known for its picturesque views, outdoor activities, and a thriving food and wine scene.

My Personal Journey with Traverse City

My love affair with Traverse City began when I was a little girl. Every summer, my parents and I would make the trip to my grandma’s cottage. Those days were filled with simple joys—reading books, swimming in Lake Michigan, playing on the sandy beaches, doing puzzles, and splashing around in the creek. These memories are etched in my mind and have shaped my fondness for this beautiful area.

Years later, while living in St. Joseph, Michigan, I returned to Traverse City for a girls’ weekend with my girlfriend. We spent our days touring the wineries on the Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas, savoring the local wines and enjoying the breathtaking views. This trip rekindled my love for Traverse City and its culinary delights.

Now, as a homeowner in Frankfort, just 40 minutes southwest of Traverse City, I find myself visiting the city regularly. My sister and I own an Airbnb, and we make semi-annual trips to check on the property and, of course, indulge in the local food scene. Traverse City never disappoints, offering a diverse array of restaurants, breweries, and cafes that cater to every palate.

More Than Just Food

Traverse City is more than just a food lover’s paradise. The area boasts numerous breweries, wineries, and cideries that are worth exploring. For families, there are plenty of kid-friendly activities, from visiting the Great Lakes Children’s Museum to spending a day at Clinch Park. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, biking, and water sports, while those seeking a more relaxed experience can stroll through the charming downtown area, filled with unique shops and galleries.

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Conclusion

Whether you’re a foodie, an outdoor adventurer, or simply looking for a relaxing getaway, Traverse City has something for everyone. I hope this guide to my favorite restaurants around Traverse City inspires you to explore the culinary delights and hidden gems of this beautiful area. Stay tuned for more recommendations on breweries, places to visit, and fun activities to enjoy during your stay.

Favorite Restaurants

Poppycocks 1
Poppycocks 1
Poppycocks 2
Poppycocks 3
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Poppycocks

Traverse City
Iron Fish Distillery 2
Iron Fish Distillery 2
Iron Fish Distillery 3
Iron Fish Distillery 1
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Iron Fish Distillery

Thompsonville
A. Papano'S Pizza 2
A. Papano'S Pizza 2
A. Papano'S Pizza 1
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A. Papano’s Pizza

Beulah
The Roadhouse Mexican Bar &Amp; Grill
The Roadhouse Mexican Bar &Amp; Grill
The Roadhouse Mexican Bar &Amp; Grill
The Roadhouse Mexican Bar &Amp; Grill - Benzonia
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The Roadhouse Mexican Bar & Grill

Benzonia
Mama Lu'S - A Modern Day Taco Shop
Mama Lu'S - A Modern Day Taco Shop
Mama Lu'S - A Modern Day Taco Shop
Mama Lu'S - A Modern Day Taco Shop
Mama Lu'S - A Modern Day Taco Shop
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Mama Lu’s – A Modern Day Taco Shop

Traverse City
L'Chayim Delicatessen 1
L'Chayim Delicatessen 1
L'Chayim Delicatessen 1

L’Chayim Delicatessen

Beulah
Stormcloud Brewing Company
Stormcloud Brewing Company
Stormcloud Brewing Company - Frankfort
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Stormcloud Brewing Company

Frankfort
Taproot Cider House
Taproot Cider House
Taproot Cider House 1
Taproot Cider House 2
Taproot Cider House 3
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Taproot Cider House

Traverse City
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