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Northern Michigan Restaurants: Tim Tebeau merges his backgrounds in food, wine and creative writing by serving as food & wine editor for Traverse and when seeking out artisan wines as a partner in U.S. Wine Imports. He is also a relentless home cook.
Blu Moon Bistro // 125 South James Street // Ludington 231.843.2001
This bright Mediterranean pasta dish has lobster, Gulf shrimp and scallops happily commingling over pappardelle pasta with roasted peppers and Kalamata olives in vodka sauce.
Folgarelli’s // 424 West Front Street // Traverse City 231.941.7651
Sink your teeth into this transcendental stack of smoked pork loin, creamy slaw, Swiss cheese and sweet mustard on grilled rye bread and thank Folgarelli’s deli meister Roy Ellison for his ingenuity.
John Cross Fisheries // 209 Belvedere Avenue // Charlevoix 231.547.2532
Norwegian salmon gets bathed overnight in Cross’s proprietary sweet brine before its hot smoking over hard maple chunks. Slightly caramelized on the outside, moist, smoky and succulent inside.