Father's Day in Northern Michigan: Father’s Day is quickly approaching. Here are some ideas on where to take your dad to eat on his special day:
1. Apache Trout Grill, Traverse City
Located right on West Bay, Apache Trout Grill has food, décor and a view to please Dad on his special day. This restaurant even won our Red Hot Best Awards for best “Restaurant with a View” and best seafood. Apache is a great place to take Dad either for all the steak and seafood he desires. Be sure to try their Parmesan crusted whitefish that won our 2013 Red Hot Best Award for the best whitefish in the area.
2. Blue Tractor Cook Shop, Traverse City
Every dad deserves to indulge on Father’s Day. So take Dad out to Blue Tractor for some brews and barbeque. At Blue Tractor, there’s something on the menu for the whole family — pizza, chicken tenders and burgers for the Red Hot Best winning children’s menu and ribs, brisket, pulled pork, salads and fish for the adults. End the evening off with some fruit cobbler à la mode and there’s no way dear old Dad won’t leave happy.
3. Riverside Inn, Leland
Head to Leland and take your father to Riverside Inn for either their award-winning brunch or gourmet dinner. Your dad will appreciate some fine dining on a day in his honor.
4. Bella Fortuna North, Lake Leelanau
Give Dad a little taste of Italy this Father’s Day. Visit Bella Fortuna North in Lake Leelanau for either their brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which will feature music from a classical guitarist, or their relaxed, pizza and panini dinner.
5. Cherry Republic, Glen Arbor
Spend Father’s Day exploring Glen Arbor and have dinner at the Cherry Republic, which now has full dinner service at its Glen Arbor location. Start off with some guacamole or some Cherry Balsamic Bruschetta that features Cherry Republic’s Cherry Balsamic Vinegar. They also have sandwiches and salads for those looking for something on the lighter side as well as full entrees. End the evening while sipping some Cherry Republic wines on the deck of the winery while eating a Monster Sundae or some cherry pie.
6. The Fusion Restaurant, Frankfort
For the dad with the adventurous palate, head to The Fusion in Frankfort. This waterfront restaurant serves Pan-Asian cuisine with American influences. Treat Dad to sushi, a customized stir-fry dish or a house made ginger beer. End the evening with deep friend ice cream or beignets.
7. Siren Hall, Elk Rapids
This Elk Rapids establishment has an industrial vibe and trendy feel. Siren Hall is the perfect place to take “the cool dad” this Father’s Day. There is lots of room inside, so the whole family can come and celebrate. Enjoy Siren Hall’s seafood offerings as well as their artisan pizzas.
8. Phil’s on Front, Traverse City
Spend Father’s Day walking down Traverse City’s main drag, Front Street. Finish your stroll at Phil’s on Front, start with the Calico Scallop “Popcorn”, then try a ribeye steak from Rice Farm in nearby Benzonia. Finish the evening with Phil’s Soon to be Famous Bread Pudding, that’s already famous in our book.
9. Roast and Toast, Petoskey
Start Father’s Day off on the right foot with breakfast at Roast and Toast in Petoskey. The drink menu at Roast and Toast is extensive and one of our Red Host Best Barista finalists, Chuckie Grooters happily creates these signature drinks. Head over there this Sunday and start Father’s Day off with a coffee drink and an egg wrap or breakfast pastry.
10. North Peak Brewing Company, Traverse City
Take Dad to North Peak for lunch, dinner or just drinks and his Father’s Day will be complete. Treat him to hearth-baked pizza, North Peak’s Red Hot Beast winning White Cheddar Ale Soup and of course one of North Peak’s signature brews.