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Willow: Fresh and innovative

Willow: Fresh and innovative

Located on Bay Street in Harbor Springs, Willow is a skipping stone’s-throw from Little Traverse Bay. Inside, chef/owners Chris and Daniel Rutkowski, are passionately engaged in the business of creating memorable and quality cuisine.According to thei...

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Colin's Cafe serves up homemade goodness

Colin's Cafe serves up homemade goodness

Colin Stevens, the owner of Colin’s Corner Cafe in Harbor Springs, has always wanted to run his own restaurant. His father was a chef, so they cooked together when Stevens was growing up. All of the family’s meals were homemade, Stevens said.“It’s al...

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Lovely lavender more than just a pretty plant

Lovely lavender more than just a pretty plant

Gather a bit of lavender and experience the fragrance — it’s pungent and refreshing, yet sweet and calming — but is it tasty?“A little is nice, too much and you think you are eating a flower bed,” said Bill Mansfield, who owns Lavender Hill Farm on H...

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Fresh fish secret to success at The Pier

Fresh fish secret to success at The Pier

The PierFresh fish secret to success By Kristin BatesPhoto by Ryan Gearhart Stafford’s The Pier Restaurant has withstood the test of time. What’s the secret to the success of this iconic Harbor Springs restaurant? Seafood. Fresh seafood from the Geor...

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Experience eclectic Pour pairings

Experience eclectic Pour pairings

Eclectic, thoughtful pairings that bring people together is a perfect slogan for Pour Public House, a progressive new dining venture featuring modern American cuisine sure to please all palates. Nestled next to Tap 30 in downtown Petoskey, Pour opene...

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The Cantina: The place for Latin food lovers

The Cantina: The place for Latin food lovers

From the moment you walk into The Cantina restaurant you almost forget you just left a cold snowy winter outside. The colorful décor, the up-beat Latin music and the savory aromas wafting from the open kitchen window, make you feel like you’ve just a...

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Chandler's classic cuisine

Chandler's classic cuisine

Chef Tommy Kaszubowski of Chandler’s - A Restaurant in Petoskey features a classic dish that could easily be a new holiday favorite: Maple Leaf Farm’s Duck Breast confit served with fennel, a sausage stuffed cabbage roll, and topped with roasted appl...

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Porter Creek Fish House — more than just the name

Porter Creek Fish House — more than just the name

By M. Chris LeeseDon’t be fooled by the name — this isn’t just a fish house — there are entrées to suit any taste: fish, ribs, pasta and the crowd favorite, bistro steak. Porter Creek Fish House chef Scott Lyons’ own version of the bistro steak is a ...

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Before, during and after matters

Before, during and after matters

As we visit City Park Grill and congratulate all partners of The Wine Guys Group on their 20th anniversary of ownership, it’s a bit ironic we aren’t going to focus on an entreé for The Dish.The number-one seller at City Park Grill is the sesame-crust...

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Como sorpresas?

Como sorpresas?

Like surprises? When they put an iron skillet down in front of me, sizzling and steaming with a mound of grilled chicken fajitas — I was surprised, and shocked. There’s nothing bland about this entreé. Red and green peppers were fresh and hot off a f...

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Blue smoke rising

Blue smoke rising

Check the smoker. Is there a thin, blue smoke rising? Then it’s perfect!That goal is the namesake of a new restaurant on Main Street in East Jordan — Blue Smoke.Adam and Jill Kline, owners of Pigs Eatin’ Ribs of Charlevoix, sent their finger-licking ...

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Mmmmmm! Comfort food!

Mmmmmm! Comfort food!

Hot pancakes, sausage and syrup on a cold morning make a comforting dish. Now you can try a new twist on an old favorite at Smoke on the Water of Charlevoix.Restaurateur Julie Mann created a recipe adding lemon-curd to flapjacks that’s becoming a tal...

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