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There’s something to the name. Our art associate Kelly Nogoski still rhapsodizes about the cabin fever cure she found last February: a walk on the Frankfort beach and this delicious turkey sandwich. It’s warm and toasty with sautéed mushrooms and onions, melted provolone, shredded lettuce, tomato, banana peppers and a li’l mayo.
Dinghy’s, 415 Main St., Frankfort, 231-352-4702
Baker and former Kentuckian Bob Korten tweaked the classic Derby pie into a dense brownie amalgam with chocolate chips, pecans and a glossy bourbon caramel.
Crescent Bakery, 404 Main St., Frankfort, 231-352-4611
A clever little portable lunch—a locally made hot dog is slipped in a toasted baguette with chili, cheese, onions and a creamy, lightly spiced Euro sauce.
Eurostop, 620 Railroad Place, Traverse City, 231-421-1168
Sweet smoky vegetables in a rich pastry pocket balance with the fresh bite of poblano pepper salsa and refreshing greens.
El Dorado, 149 E. Front St., Traverse City, 231-421-3228
Healthy comfort food: a TVP nacho “meat” on crunchy corn chips with sharp cheddar. And all the fixins? Ripe, crunchy and organic.
Plaza Café, 110 N James St., Ludington, 231-845-7600
Chef Dino achieves moist and marvelous with his grilled version of the Midwestern classic and serves it with a rich garlic demi glace.
Old State Roadhouse, Boyne City 273 Old State Rd., Boyne City, 231-582-7702
A two-bite sconette made with T.C. cherries and Grape-Nuts is a modestly delicious pick-me-up, especially when paired with an impeccably steamed cappuccino.
Morsels, 104 Cass St., Traverse City, 231-421-1353
Yes, their craft beer rules. So, too, their craft pizza. Jalapeños add a devilish edge to the smoky-sweet ham and pineapple pie.
Short’s Brewing Company, 121 N. Bridge St., Bellaire, 231-533-6622