1 Water St., Boyne City | 231.582.8800
This casually refined, European-style bistro dishes up its unique breakfast options every day till 3 p.m., making it a great go-to for a late, lingering brunch. Simple classics like eggs Benedict and quiche Lorraine mingle on the menu with treats like the tiramisu; lunch items include the Scandinavian salmon salad, Margherita wood fired pizza and pappardelle bolognese.
309 E. Lake St., Petoskey | 231.347.7767
Breakfast is quick and satisfying at this eclectic café. All the classics—pancakes, French toast, egg sandwiches—but with a few delicious twists: cumin-crusted home-fries, bagels with Sriracha cream cheese, a slow-cooked oatmeal bar. Other delectables include freshly made pastries, granola, bread and in-house roasted coffee.
421 Howard St., Petoskey | 231.439.9250
The sandwiches at this charming Petoskey cafe and deli are the stuff of foodie dreams: there are more than a dozen to choose from, each crafted from super fresh, locally sourced ingredients and specialty breads from nearby Crooked Tree Breadworks. Housemade soups, salads, and desserts too.
215 E. Main St., Harbor Springs | 231.526.5472
Tucked in the back of a wine store, Gurney’s no-frills sandwich counter has developed a passionate following for its fresh-sliced meat-and-cheese delights on super-soft, house-baked bread. Two tips: Do order the deli sauce (it’s divine), don’t ask for tomatoes (the owners claim tomatoes ruin their spectacular bread).
1075 N. Lake Shore Dr., Good Hart | 231.526.7661
The spectacular drive along M-119 (the Tunnel of Trees) is made better with a stop at the deli inside this 1930s-era general store. Order up some hot or cold made-to-order sandwiches, then ask for directions to the nearby beach—a secluded Lake Michigan oasis just waiting for you and your picnic.