Home to some of the most picturesque scenery in the whole of Michigan, Traverse City is known as the cherry capital of the USA. Also highly regarded for its colorful culture and array of exquisite dining establishments, Traverse City is so full of tempting restaurants that we have highlighted the top 10 favorites for you to try out.
Martha’s feast of delights doesn’t just stop at the Leelanau Table restaurant: Martha also hosts cookery classes to teach her loyal customers how to recreate their favorite menu items at home. The cuisine at Martha’s is European and is inspired by her own travels around the continent. Each of the dishes are made from scratch to be enjoyed within the cozy, atmospheric restaurant. The Swiss raclette and authentic paella are both firm favorites among locals and for those with a passion for travel as well as for food. Martha also leads foodie tours to Europe every year.
A restaurant on wheels, Roaming Harvest is a mobile food truck highly reputed among locals for its emphasis on sustainably sourced ingredients and for supporting local businesses. The variety of food items on offer vary depending on what ingredients and produce are in season. The Roaming Harvest food truck roams around the city, serving a different part of town each day, so foodies should always be on the look out for it as they wander around. When the truck’s not conveniently located for you, visit Roaming Harvest’s sister stationary restaurant Harvest instead. Harvest is committed to all of the same food philosophies as Roaming Harvest, and the dishes on offer never disappoint.
Treasured by Traverse City’s loyal locals, Sleder’s Family Tavern has been lovingly preserved for over 100 years. Many of the original characteristics from its opening in 1882 are still in place, creating a historic and homely setting in which guests can enjoy a wide selection of simple yet extremely tasty food. Order the baked brie with a cherry sauce to start, and follow with either the lightly dusted and deep fried lake perch with fries and coleslaw or the buffalo burger with Swiss cheese for an entree. Sleder’s also offers a fantastic range of drinks, making it a great destination for a fun night out with friends.
Both a restaurant and a brewery, The Jolly Pumpkin gives guests the excuse to indulge in a delicious hearty meal, home-brewed beer and a slice of sweet homemade cherry pie in the most beautiful of settings. Situated within a historic site surrounded by cherry orchards, The Jolly Pumpkin has taken inspiration from its panoramas to create a pretty and rustic decor inside the restaurant as well as out. On a cold winter’s day, diners can snuggle up in front of the fireplace whilst tucking into a wild mushroom artisan pizza, a farmhouse ale marinated hanger steak or a good old fashioned portion of mac ‘n’ cheese.