As a die hard Traverse City fan, I could spend pages extolling the virtues of my favorite vacation spot. The beauty of the area, the shopping, the wineries and the microbreweries are all worthy of praise but for the time being, I will focus on a few of the fantastic restaurants in the Traverse City area.
2455 US 31 South; 231-946-4545; Lunch and dinner; Alcohol served
Yes, this is a chain restaurant (which sadly does not have a location in my hometown) but it’s a great spot to have a delicious glass of Sangria while enjoying some Queso dip. It is a casual restaurant with very reasonable prices. The atmosphere is fun and festive which makes it a good family restaurant. The portions are large, the food is great and the menu has items for even the pickiest eater.
310 Cass Street; 231-932-1310; Lunch and dinner; Alcohol served
Fire Fly is a hip, upscale restaurant on the Boardman River. The menu is eclectic with offerings such as Sushi, Seafood Fondue and Gorgonzola stuffed Beef Tenderloin. There is a large wine list and the drink menu is quite impressive. Happy Hour is every day until 7 pm and there are other specials that run on a daily basis. This restaurant is the perfect setting for a girl’s night out. Sharing a few small plates and some gossip over a Mojito or three would be an enjoyable way to pass an evening.
13890 S. West Bay Shore Drive; 231-932-4694; Lunch and dinner with brunch on Sundays; Alcohol served
Freshwater Lodge has a backwoods feel to it, with the log exterior, huge fireplace and mounted animal heads on the walls. The chandeliers look like antlers and there is outdoor sports equipment hanging alongside the animal heads. The view of the West Bay is spectacular and the service is very friendly. The bar menu features local wines and beers and a “bourbon bar” where you can either sample 4 pours or sip on your favorite bourbon. You can try their Almond Duck Tenderloins or Smoked Whitefish Dip as an appetizer and then follow it up with the Lodge Steak or King Crab Legs. The wait can be somewhat long on a Friday or Saturday night, so reservations are recommended.
Boone’s Long Lake Inn
7208 Secor Road; 231-946-3991; Dinner; Alcohol served
Boone’s was built in 1949 on the eastern shore of Long Lake. The large fieldstone fireplace adds to the rustic ambiance and makes this a perfect restaurant for a romantic evening out. There is a wide selection of chicken, pork, steak and seafood to choose from on the menu and the portions are very generous. The food is reminiscent of an upscale restaurant while the atmosphere and prices are casual.
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