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Trip Report - Traverse City, Kalkaska, Leland, Fenton, Ann Arbor, Port Clinton

In Traverse City we checked out Georgina's for lunch a few weeks ago and loved it. This is right up your alley---teeny tiny (although they are moving to a larger space soon) with ethnic cuisine done in an interesting way. I think you would dig it.

Also in Traverse City we really like Stella Trattoria for Italian dinner. It's in a really cool building (I believe a former asylum) which adds something different. That same building is also cool to check out during the day because they have a farmer's market and lots of galleries, shops etc.

On Leelanau there are SO many great restaurants. We just tried 9 Bean Row in Suttons Bay (where we stay at the Korner Kottage) and really liked it. Nice addition, with seasonal, local cuisine. We also really like La Becasse for delicious French cuisine. Other places to check out: Fudistrada, Bella Fortuna, Hearth and Wine/Black Star Farms, Arts Tavern, and Mary's Leelanau Table.

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Trip Report - Traverse City, Kalkaska, Leland, Fenton, Ann Arbor, Port Clinton

Hi Steve! Thank you for your detailed write up. I moved to Michigan a year ago (from DC where I remember you from those boards that I still frequent). I have also been vacationing in Northern MI for years. Hopefully you get a chance to venture back up to Leelanau and Traverse City area again because there is some truly amazing food there and I think you might have missed out on some of the real winners. But I'm glad you got to partake in our abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables---it is far superior to what you can get in DC in my opinion.

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Looking for exquisite French fries

I really like the frites at Brasserie Beck. There are also good varieties to be found at Le Diplomate, BGR, and Bar Dupont.

Lunch between Detroit and Frankenmuth, Michigan

Enjoy! Make sure to report back and let us know what you think.

Sep 03, 2014
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Lunch between Detroit and Frankenmuth, Michigan

The portions are also really large. We often get the aglio e olio, eat half and eat the other half the next day (when it's even better!). Their turkey meatloaf is also delicious.

Sep 03, 2014
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Lunch between Detroit and Frankenmuth, Michigan

The Laundry is great....that would be my recommendation. Pretty much something for every one. I love their aglio e olio pasta.

Sep 01, 2014
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30th birthday dinner in DC?

The birthday boy is not a fan of small plates so unfortunately that would rule out Graffiato and Kapnos.

Detroit suggestions for lunch and dinner in the Motown Museum /Institute of Arts area

The original Seva is in Ann Arbor so if this person lives in Ann Arbor or will be there for awhile they probably don't want to dine there.

I think lunch at Slow's would be great!

Aug 25, 2014
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Petoskey/Charlevoix with young kids?

In Petoskey, don't forget to go to American Spoon---not just for the ice cream, but also a wonderful lunch menu. They have a kids menu with mac and cheese, pb &j etc. and some wonderful items for the less-picky eaters to enjoy.

Also make sure to stop by McLean and Eakin bookstore---they have a really great children's book section (and I also love their cookbook section). It's probably one of my favorite bookstores in the country.

Aug 25, 2014
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30th birthday dinner in DC?

Mintwood is wonderful. It can be loud depending on day/time of day (ie weekends are certainly louder than weeknights). You might like Cashion's Eat Place, next door from Mintwood (and you could always do dinner at Cashions and dessert at Mintwood since they have great desserts).

Group dinner restaurants for mid-September

Open Table doesn't work that well for large groups. Many places max out to book tables online for parties larger than 8 or 10.

Group dinner restaurants for mid-September

For Hank's would you be in the upper private room area? If so that would work, otherwise I don't see how you would fit and/or avoid noise.

Kapnos is delicious and could be fun for a party. It wasn't exactly quiet when I was there last though.

Group dinner restaurants for mid-September

THis is another really good recommendation. Great food and service!

Group dinner restaurants for mid-September

All the places I mentioned above should be large enough to accomodate your group regardless of private room or not (Equinox would likely be able to fit you in the front area with the windows), with the exception possibly being Rasika---but you would want a private room there in order to avoid noise.

Group dinner restaurants for mid-September

Does price matter because you have quite the range above? Are you looking for a private room?

Equinox has a great wine room that would be perfect for a celebration like this. I'm fairly sure it can fit a group your size. This will be on the pricier end of course.

Other options to look into: Ris, The Source, Rasika (in the private room in the West End location), and Acadiana. All have wonderful food, good service and should be able to fit a group your size.

seeking lobster candy

I would call The Chocolate Moose---seems like something they might have.

Birmingham/Ferndale MI for 6-7 quiet table and tasty

Yes, definitely. My husband brought a friend from NC to Phoenicia this weekend and he loved it. He's a vegetarian and there was a lot for him to choose from as well. Always a good choice!

Aug 11, 2014
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Birmingham/Ferndale MI for 6-7 quiet table and tasty

I think Phoenicia would work for these purposes. Really great food and quiet enough that you can have a conversation with your dinnermates. If you call ahead of time you have get a reservation for a party that size.

Aug 10, 2014
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DC: Location near Penn Q for Baby Shower Cocktails Next Week

How about grabbing a table at the courtyard at Poste? It's a really lovely environment and they have good cocktails and snacks (hello truffle fries!). Maybe if you call ahead of time they can reserve a table for your group.

Breakfast/Brunch in Rochester

Also question: are taxis easy to find in Rochester? Basically, can you just flag one down like you can in DC or am I going to have to call a cab company/use Uber?

Breakfast/Brunch in Rochester

Thank you so much for these recommendations! This is the Elyssa that use to live in DC (and now lives near Detroit...so I'm not that unfamiliar with recovery cities).

I'm hoping I get a chance to try some of these recs. I haven't been back to Upstate NY since my college days and I remember fondly Dinosaur BBQ!

Breakfast/Brunch in Rochester

I'll be in Rochester for a wedding this weekend and am staying at the Hyatt Regency (on East Main St). I'm looking for a place to get breakfast/brunch before the afternoon wedding.

I won't have a car so it should be walkable to the hotel. Any suggestions?

I also might have Friday night free for dinner. Any suggestions for a moderately priced restaurant within walking distance or a short cab ride from the Hyatt? I like all types of cuisine: New American, French, Italian, seafood, Asian. Whatever is good and interesting.

Thanks!

Petoskey/Harbor Springs/Mackinaw Island

On Mackinac Island you should go to dinner at The Woods. As the name suggests, it is deep in the woods---you can get there by horse and carriage. Food is very good and the decor is even better.

Anything New in the Leelanau Area? [Peninsula/Traverse City]

Have you tried anything NEW new. The Franklin? Big Papas? 9 Bean Row? etc

Aug 01, 2014
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Anything New in the Leelanau Area? [Peninsula/Traverse City]

Thanks for bumping this thread actually since we are heading back up to Leelanau at the end of August and hear that there are a ton of new restaurants in Leelanau area/Traverse City.

Anyone try anything delicious?

We've been hearing good things about 9 Bean Row.

Jul 28, 2014
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The Earle Ann Arbor

I was told that a number of restaurants close for Art Fair (especially the higher end ones) because so few people eat there---most people are eating the street food, not a sit down meal. Also getting their workers into the restaurant, dealing with parking etc just might not be worth it.

I thought it was counter-intuitive as well but a number of restauranteurs told me otherwise. We went to Slurping Turtle on Friday during Art Fair and were able to walk right in (which is great because it's usually a long wait. Chef Takashi was actually there that night!).

Jul 20, 2014
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Washington DC Birthday Trip for Teen Daughter

I went to Jaleo for the first time when I was on my first trip to DC with my parents around the age of 14 and I loved it. This was many years ago :)

Washington DC Birthday Trip for Teen Daughter

This is exactly the type of thing I use to do with my dad when I was a kid and it was awesome! For French bistro cuisine you should check out Le Diplomate (a short cab ride or walk from Dupont Circle). The food is delicious but I also think your daughter (and you) will dig the vibe of this very popular restaurant. Lots of good people watching and you might even run into a DC celebrity (aka the VP or a reporter for MSNBC).

For seafood you might like Hank's Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle. Great New England style seafood (something different than Dallas) and outdoor seating in nice weather.

You also might like the Italian-American small plates at Graffiato in Chinetown. If your daughter watches Top Chef she'll think this place is cool since it's owned by Mike Isabella.

Kenyan Food at Smithsonian Folklife Festival

What restaurant was supplying the Chinese food tent?

Saugatuck---anything new?

We are heading to Saugatuck tonight for the 4th of July weekend. We've been a few times before. We are checking out some of our usual favorites: Salt of the Earth, Lucy's Little Kitchen, Hercules. We are also going to try Fennville Station for the first time.

Anything else new that we should be checking out for lunch or dinner?

Jul 03, 2014
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