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Upscale dining room on the Bower’s Harbor shore that blends the culinary traditions and ingredients of traditional French cuisine with those of the Great Lakes. 14039 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City, 231.223.4030, boathouseonwestbay.com.
Take a look at a conversation with Boathouse chef, Eric Nittolo.
The classic bar-and-grill motif gets modern upgrades with a menu that’s built around ingredients from local farms and fishermen. Linger-forever views overlooking West Bay and the marina. 12719 S. West Bay Shore Dr., Traverse City, 231.922.2114, harbor22.com.
A cozy pub and seasonal rooftop beer garden, attached to Blue Tractor Cook Shop in Old Town. Excellent burgers, brick-oven pizzas, and beer from every brewery in Michigan. 423 S. Union St., Traverse City, 231.922.9515, bluetractorcookshop.com.
A superb farm-to-table experience at a casually elegant restaurant overlooking sparkly Bowers Harbor on Old Mission Peninsula. 13512 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City, 231.223.4222, missiontable.net.
A trendy spot with a bit of a big-city vibe and a killer menu of sushi, small plates, steak and cocktails. Snag a seat on the back patio, which overlooks a quiet section of the Boardman River. 310 Cass St., Traverse City, 231.932.1310, tcfirefly.com.