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A baby casserole of sublimely fresh lump crab gets caramelized in the oven with white cheddar and sherry cream.
Siren Hall, 151 River St., Elk Rapids, 231-264-6062
Buttercream-and-coconut cloaked snowballs with a surprise dollop of lemon curd inside.
Martha’s Leelanau Table, 413 N. St. Joseph’s, Suttons Bay, 231-271-2344
Why is it so hard to put that little plastic knife down?
Murdick’s Fudge, Huron St., Mackinac Island, 906-847-3530
An Up North tradition since 1969. Frank says to get it with olives, bacon and mushrooms.
Side Door Saloon, 1200 N. U.S. 31, Petoskey, 231-347-9291
That crunchy scattering of sea salt on the bread keeps us coming back.
Mary’s Kitchen Port, 539 W. Front St., Traverse City, 231-941-0525
Just a whisper of breading make these pop-in-your-mouth fishies the best around.
The Bluebird, 102 River St., Leland, 231-256-9081
This 1903 downtown diner was a hangout of Ernest Hemingway, and we have to wonder if he loved their billowy meringue–lidded coconut pie as much as
Jesperson’s, 312 Howard St., Petoskey, 231-347-3601