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Microbrews Filling Station: A newcomer to the Traverse City microbrew scene, housed in the city’s old train depot. The focused menu of homemade ales and wood-fired flatbreads complements a comfortably minimalist decor. 642 RAILROAD PLACE, TRAVERSE CITY, 231.946.8168, THEFILLINGSTATIONMICROBREWERY.COM.

North Peak: North Peak, another longtime local favorite, has house-made beers that run the gamut from aggressive, hoppy IPA’s to smooth stouts. Picking a dish from their huge restaurant menu is hard, but we recommend the Monte Cristo with fries. Outdoor deck with live music all summer long. 400 W. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.941.7325, NORTHPEAK.NET.

Right Brain Brewery: At any one time, you might find as many as 50 microbrews on the constantly rotating menu at this hip microbrewery. A menu offering light snacks ensures you won’t drink on an empty stomach. New location on 16th Street. 225 E. 16TH ST., TRAVERSE CITY, 231.944.1239, RIGHTBRAINBREWERY.COM.


Mackinaw Brewing Company: MBC has

Al Fresco

5 Towne Plaza: A downtown eatery where the passion is for all things local—and

all things pork. Sit on the pretty brick patio and feast on classics like pulled pork, or stretch your palette with pork confit or roasted pork belly. Smart presentation. 202 E.

sTATE sT., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.929.0900, THETOWNEPLAZA.cOM.

Apache Trout Grill: Enjoy signature dishes like BBQ ribs, fresh Great Lakes fish, steaks and key-lime pie on the big outdoor deck, where there’s a bit of rustic Northern Michigan charm and a great view of the bay. 13671 s. WEsT BAy sHORE DR., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.947.7079, APAcHETROuTGRILL.cOM. Amical: A Traverse City institution with classic Euro-inspired cuisine, a solid wine

menu, and outdoor dining right on Front Street’s main drag for primo people-watching.

229 E. FRONT sT., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.941.8888, AMIcAL.cOM.

Boathouse: Upscale dining room on the Bower’s Harbor shore that blends the culinary traditions and ingredients of traditional French cuisine with those of the Great Lakes. 14039 PENINsuLA DR., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.223.4030, BOATHOusEONWEsTBAy.cOM. Harbor 22: The classic bar-and-grill motif gets modern upgrades with a menu

that’s built around ingredients from local farms and fishermen. Linger-forever views overlooking West Bay and the marina. 12719 s. WEsT BAy sHORE DR., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.922.2114, HARBOR22.cOM.

The Shed: A cozy pub and seasonal rooftop beer garden, attached to Blue Tractor

Cook Shop in Old Town. Excellent burgers, brick-oven pizzas, and beer from every brewery in Michigan. 423 s. uNION sT., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.922.9515, BLuETRAcTORcOOksHOP.cOM.

been a local favorite for more than 15 years. Full line of house-made craft beers, even fuller restaurant menu (pulled-pork from on-site smokehouse!), and some of the best and biggest burgers in town. 161 E. FRONT ST., TRAVERSE

Mission Table: A superb farm-to-table experience at a casually elegant restaurant


plates, steak and cocktails. Snag a seat on the back patio, which overlooks a quiet section of the Boardman River. 310 cAss sT., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.932.1310, TcFIREFLy.cOM.

overlooking sparkly Bowers Harbor on Old Mission Peninsula. 13512 PENINsuLA DR., TRAvERsE cITy, 231.223.4222, MIssIONTABLE.NET.

Firefly: A trendy spot with a bit of a big-city vibe and a killer menu of sushi, small

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