4 Food and Drink Destinations to Visit in Traverse City

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Lush green farmland serves as the backdrop to Farm Club in Traverse City. // Photograph courtesy of Mike Gilger 

For farm-to-table: Farm Club 

Farm-fresh offerings like walleye escabeche and legendary onion rings. A refreshing beer or glass of rosé. Lush, green farmland. It doesn’t get more idyllic northern Michigan than Farm Club. Easily accessible by the Traverse Area Recreational Trail (a 10.5-mile paved urban transportation and recreation corridor), this farm/brewery/restaurant quickly became a dining destination for locals and out of towners alike after opening in July 2020. Farm Club, 10051 S. Lake Leelanau Drive, Traverse City; farmclubtc.com

For comfort food with an upscale, modern twist: Wren

The menu at this Suttons Bay restaurant is always changing, designed around whatever chef and owner Adam McMarlin can find locally — sometimes he doesn’t even know what will be on the menu until each day. Dishes like squab with onion and bacon puree; skate with potatoes, leeks, and lobster in lobster broth; and roasted carrot with carrot vinaigrette, mascarpone, pumpkin seed, and za’atar are just a few examples of how McMarlin’s creativity and inspiration shape the menu of comfort food with a creative twist. Wren, 303 N. St. Joseph St., Suttons Bay; wrensuttonsbay.com

For picnic provisions: Oryana 

Founded in 1973 when a small group of people wanted to collectively buy bulk flour, grains, peanut butter, and other healthy staples in Ann Arbor, Oryana is the first co-op certified organic retailer in the U.S. The 10,000-square-foot European-style market offers organic and locally sourced goods as well as grab-and-go items you can take to the beach or pack for a picnic or bike ride, from salads and sandwiches to kombucha and wine. In 2020, Oryana West opened, 2.5 times larger than the original location, boasting an expanded selection of local and organic food, including a full-service deli and meat and seafood counter. Oryana, 260 E. 10th St., Traverse City; 3587 Marketplace Circle, Traverse City; oryana.coop

For al fresco eats and drinks: The Little Fleet

If you and your dining companions can’t agree on whether to get burgers, tacos, or Vietnamese street food, head over to The Little Fleet. Several popular food trucks such as Happy’s Taco Shop, Cordwood BBQ, Glendale Avenue, and more are posted up at this open-air bar. Handcrafted cocktails, local beers, wines, and nonalcoholic options such as the Serenity Sour — grapefruit, aquafaba, lemon juice, and lavender syrup — complement the fare. the Little Fleet, 448 E. Front St., Traverse City; thelittlefleet.com  

This story is from the July 2022 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more stories in our digital edition