Known for its microbreweries and rolling vineyards, Traverse City is also becoming one of the best up-and-coming foodie towns in America. Midwest Living magazine and Bon Appetit consider Traverse City among the top five food towns in the country, and Zagat Survey lists it under their top 6 hottest food destinations worth visiting in the summer. We’ve also been known to frequent a few breakfast spots and food trucks, ourselves. No doubt, Traverse City restaurants are creating a food-lover’s paradise that continues to expand by the minute. This summer, the small town vacation spot welcomed four new eateries to its foodie scene – check them out!
State Street Marketplace
Arguably the most unique facility to hit the streets of Traverse City, State Street Marketplace is an indoor open-air marketplace offering ten food and retail vendors. Specialty food vendors, including Wren the Butcher, F-QUE, and Ziatun Café, share the same space as Paddle for Pints, CraftedTC, and Monkey Fist Brewing Company. With a shaded patio and laid back vibe, State Street Marketplace is a desirable hangout spot for the whole family.
Calypso Mediterranean Grill
Featuring “Mediterranean cuisine with a Turkish flare,” Calypso Mediterranean Grill tantalizes guests with fresh, traditional dishes crafted from homemade ingredients. Owners Todd Gokey and Beth MacLean opened their doors on August 30th, having spent the entire summer renovating the former G’s Pizzeria into an impressive, beautifully decorated high-class restaurant.
From the Famous Gyro to the Mediterranean Calamari, one glance at Calypso’s menu will have your mouth watering. Guests can enjoy traditional Turkish dishes, including Shish Tavuk, Cacik, and Shrimp or Chicken Tava, hand-crafted by head chef, Serkan Erginkara. The menu also offers more familiar items, including baby back ribs, salmon, prime rib, burgers, and confit style wings. For the occasional celebration or romantic evening, Calypso features an extensive wine list with options from around the world. Open seven days a week from 11am – 10pm, Calypso Mediterranean Grill is a welcomed addition to the East Bay side of town.
Fuji Sushi and Steakhouse
For guests who enjoy a side of entertainment with their meal, Fuji Sushi and Steakhouse is the ideal place for a fun night out with family and friends. The first hibachi-style grill to join the list of Traverse City restaurants, Fuji’s guests watch in awe as their chef prepares their meals on the large cooking surface at the center of each party. Whether they’re chopping, searing, or tossing food in the air, hibachi chefs bring a whole new meaning to the dining experience. With ten hibachi grills, an expansive dining area, and a sushi bar, the steakhouse can accommodate up to 100 customers and offers a take-out menu for guests on the go. Open seven days a week, Fuji Sushi and Steakhouse is conveniently located across the street from the Grand Traverse Mall.
Traverse Bay Café
This quaint, Cuban-themed café opened its doors on July 17th and features traditional breakfast and lunch favorites as well as several irresistible Cuban dishes. Owners Andre Villoch and Andy Weaver wanted to bring their Cuban heritage to the heart of Traverse City, serving up Cuban sandwiches, fresh bread, and Villoch’s sought-after coffee. Traverse Bay Cafe’s cinnamon rolls, pancakes, frittatas, burgers, and BLTs with Cuban flare create a fun, flavorful menu that everyone will enjoy. Located on East Front Street, the café is open daily from 6am – 3pm.
Which of these new Traverse City restaurants is your favorite hot spot? Tell us in the comments!