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Restaurants in Winter

Winter in Northern Michigan is all about comfort food, and no place does it better than Traverse City. From an astounding array of gourmet mac & cheese dishes (BBQ pulled pork with smoked Gouda, anyone?) to Latin-inspired masterpieces like fried pork belly with Nicaraguan slaw (all locally sourced, of course), the cuisine in Traverse City never ceases to surprise even the most sophisticated palate.

And after a day of snowshoeing, skiing or snowmobiling out in the crisp winter air, there’s nothing better than a cozy dinner by a roaring fire. Pair it with a hearty local Merlot or Cab Franc – or maybe a craft stout – and you’ll be warm before you know it.

And what kid wouldn’t savor every drop of steaming hot cocoa (don’t forget the whipped cream!) and every bite of brick-oven baked pizza after a day of snowboarding? You might also want to stop in at our 1950s-inspired hamburger drive-in for a juicy burger or chicken strips, hand-cut fries and a frosty shake. Or visit Traverse City’s oldest establishment, Sleder's Tavern where they’ll ring the bell when someone kisses the moose!