4 Food and Drink Destinations to Visit in Traverse City

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

From farm to table: Farm Club

Farm-fresh offerings like escapeche taupe and legendary onion rings. A refreshing beer or a glass of rose. Lush and green farmland. It doesn’t get more perfect Northern Michigan than at Farm Club. Easily accessible via the Traverse Area Recreational Trail (a 10.5-mile paved urban transportation and entertainment trail), this farm/brewery/restaurant is quickly becoming 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 a modern and upscale touch: wren

The menu at this Suttons Bay restaurant is always changing, being designed around any chef and owner a local Adam McMarlin can find—sometimes he doesn’t even know what’s going to be on the menu even every day. Dishes such as kebabs with onions and bacon puree; skate with potatoes, leeks and lobster in lobster broth; Roasted carrots with carrot vinaigrette, mascarpone, pumpkin seeds, and thyme are just a few examples of how McMarlin has innovated and inspired her comfort food menu with a creative twist. ren, 303 N. St. Joseph St., Suttons Bay; wrensuttonsbay.com

Provisions of the picnic: Oriana

Founded in 1973 when a small group of people wanted to collectively buy flour, cereal, peanut butter, and other health staples in Ann Arbor, Oryana is the first certified cooperative organic retailer in the United States. The style market offers organic and locally sourced goods as well as items you can take to the beach, pack for a picnic or bike ride, from salads and sandwiches to kombucha and wine. In 2020, Oryana West opens, and it’s 2.5 times larger than the original location and features a wide selection of local and organic foods, including a full-service deli and a meat and seafood counter. Oriana, 260 E. 10th Street, Traverse City; 3587 Market Place Circle, Traverse City; oryana.coop

For outdoor food and drinks: small fleet

If you and your fellow diners can’t agree on whether to get burgers, tacos, or Vietnamese street food, head to The Little Fleet. Many popular food trucks like Happy’s Taco Shop, Cordwood BBQ, Glendale Avenue, and more are posted at this outdoor bar. Handcrafted cocktails, local beer and wine, and non-alcoholic options like Serenity Sour—grapefruit, aquafaba, lemonade, and lavender syrup—compliment the fare. small fleet 448 E. Front Street, Traverse City; thelittlefleet.com


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