Mario Batali’s Restaurant Recommendations — In Northern Michigan


Apparently, Mario Batali spends his summers in Leelanau County. That must be in the Finger Lakes or in the Adirondacks, right? Wrong! It’s a rather obscure part of northwestern Michigan. Not in the UP (Upper Peninsula) either, but right across Lake Michigan from Green Bay, Wisconsin – to help you football fans get a bead on the location.

In the new issue of Traverse, a glossy monthly mag – call it the Northern Michigan version of New York magazine – Batali gives his favorite eight things to eat within easy driving distance of his vacation home. You could probably triangulate the actual location if you mapped out the recommendations.

Anyway, read the snippet on the magazine’s blog for yourself, but here are a couple of highlights:

He likes the pulled pork sliders at The Garage in Northport, of which he notes: “As if eating in a garage were not cool enough already.”

He’s also fond of the pastrami omelet at a place called Frenchies Famous in Traverse City, and some unexpected lunch enchiladas via someone named Miguel at the deli counter of Hansen Foods in Suttons Bay. Of the enchiladas, the orange-clogged chef notes, rather tersely: “Sassy enchilada sauce. Muy bueno.”

Batali makes you want to run up there and eat all these things right away. But it’s probably best to wait till the waist-high snow melts.