Northern Michigan Restaurants: These local pizzerias, conveniently located in towns around Northern Michigan's ski resorts, may be the reason you plan your next day of snow-filled fun. Read on as we explore the apres-ski pizza scene.
Stepping away from the frozen moonscapes of Lake Charlevoix in January and into Boyne City's Lake Street Market, you've left winter for a warm and delicious universe of great food. Gourmet pizzas built on crispy Asiago and basil-laced crusts slide in and out of the oven, their commingled vapors of applewood bacon, roasted garlic and olive bruschetta insinuated in every corner of the store. Proprietors Liz Glass and Chris Meyer chat with their cast of regulars and curate the well-stocked coolers of international cheeses, cured meats and olives as well as a complimentary selection of wines and craft beers. The eccentric nomenclature is as delicious as the food itself, with a signature pastrami sandwich named "Dangermouse" and an edible ode to pork on pizza simply called "Pigs." With personal service and eccentric charm, Meyer and Glass ensure that everyone enters Lake Street Market hungry and leaves devoted. 306 South Lake Street, Noyne City 231.582.4450
Who can resist brick-oven pizzas with Shakespearean overtones? En route to your Shanty Creek chalet duck into Moka for the aptly named Othello: Greek sausage, cerignola olives, artichoke hearts and feta. Yum! 102 North Bridge Street, Bellaire 231.533.6262
Continents collide on every crust at Pangaea’s. Satisfy your après–VASA trail hunger with a China cherry chicken pie or pound protein with the Hometown Heavyweight. Sip off an enticing international beer list. 135 East Front Street, Traverse City 231.946.9800
Tuck into the Big Kahuna or feed your inner mob boss with the Good Fellas pizza: pancetta, capicola, roasted red peppers and onions. Papa Lou’s has a dangerously creative array of martinis as well as tasty suds by the pitcher. 317 East Lake Street, Petoskey 231.348.3663
Hungry and fresh-off-the-hills at Boyne Highlands or Nub’s Nob, ski bums and snow bunnies flock to Turkey’s to build personalized pizzas from an extensive list of quality toppings complemented by cold microbrews. 250 East Main Street, Harbor Springs 231.526.6041
End an afternoon of swishing through Pigeon River Country in the vintage glow of Vivio’s. Try the self-describing Meat Amour and wash it down with a bottle of Chianti. 4531 South Straits Highway, Indian River 231.238.9471
At ski-day’s end, Crystal Mountain families head Frankfort way and settle in to Villa Marine Bar for some za and a brew. The buffalo chicken pie satisfies. 228 Main Street, Frankfort, 231.352.5450
The Liz Glass and Chris Meyer story began at a bustling restaurant in Hilton Head, when two food industry veterans discovered the chance to realize a mutual dream and so moved back to Northern Michigan, bought an old general store in Boyne City and starting kicking out some of the most delicious pizzas and sandwiches the North has ever seen. We corner Liz and Chris to talk curious nomenclature and pizza magic.
Liz’s dad is responsible for that one. We have to do it this way; sometimes the names come from fragments of conversation in the shop, sometimes they are found after a fevered bout of wine tasting. We write everything down.
It’s all about roasted garlic right now. We’re obviously big fans of DIY but there are lots of great roasted garlic purees for sale.
425-degree oven, pizza stone if you have one, cookie sheet if you don’t. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes and carefully watch the color of the crust. You want it to be crispy and a deep golden brown.