Thursday, September 12, 2013

Traverse City Post #2

This is the second post on our Traverse City vacation.  In the first post I outlined all the fun ways we kept busy.  If you missed it, you can find it here. 

In this post I will share all the food we found :)  Remember we weren't reimbursed for anything so all opinions are our own.

Day #1
We only had time for dinner when we showed up so after realizing a lot of the restaurants were closed we decided to order a pizza from That's a Pizza


Dinner: We ordered a deep dish, parmesan and garlic crust with bacon and sausage.  It was pretty good.  We saved a couple of pieces in the fridge for leftovers.


Rating
Atmosphere: 3 stars
Service: 3 stars
Food: 3 1/2 stars

That's a Pizza = We loved it enough to eat it twice in a week.








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Day #2
Breakfast: We researched some of the best restaurants in town and came upon Rounds. 

 If we lived in Traverse City we would get breakfast here all the time.  We give it 5 stars without a doubt.  The waitress was incredible, I don't know if we've ever been served that efficiently and she was so kind.  Adam ordered an omelet covered with sausage gravy and it came with pancakes.  He loved the omelet so much, he was still raving about the leftovers the next day.  I ordered blueberry pancakes.  They were so big, I could only eat half of them, and they were just as good warmed up the next morning.



Rating
Atmosphere: 3 stars
Service: 4 stars
Food: 3 1/2 stars

Rounds =we would eat here once a week if we could










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Lunch:  Once I saw the Grand Traverse Pie Company I knew we had to try it. 



I was dreaming of homemade pies.  This restaurant is basically a Panera with pie.  Adam ordered half a Cesar salad with chicken and half a chicken focaccia sandwich.  The chicken was forgotten on his salad, but he thought the sandwich was good.  I ordered half the Cesar salad, and half the Asparagus Lorraine Quiche.  I was underwhelmed by the food.  A couple of pieces of romaine lettuce does not a Cesar salad make.  The Quiche had a strange flavor that I didn't care for.  For dessert we had a piece of Blueberry crumble and a piece of Strawberry Rhubarb crumble.  They were both ok.  But Adam and I went to a fish fry at a church last summer with homemade pies that totally put this place to shame.  For being a Pie Company there pies were only ok, not what we had expected.

Rating
Atmosphere: 3 stars
Service: 2 stars
Food: 2 1/2 stars

Grand Traverse Pie Company = not worth your time





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Dinner: We wanted to have a quick dinner so we ran across the road to Don's Drive In...talk about a dive. 
 This restaurant has oldies paraphernalia on the wall, but it was dirty and the service was terrible.  The food is basic; hamburgers and shakes, which is fine.  The waitress forgot our milkshakes and when I asked for them she said "sure".  We paid $23 for a burger, a grilled cheese, fries and two shakes.  It wasn't worth $10.  We won't be going back and we wouldn't suggest it for anyone else. 


Rating
Atmosphere: 2 stars
Service: 1 star
Food: 2 1/2 stars  

Don's Drive In = Avoid this restaurant.










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Day #2
Breakfast:  We planned on eating our breakfast leftovers from yesterday but I still wanted some fresh coffee.  So we walked across the road to Crow about it Coffee Shop
This cute little coffee shop is just what I was looking for.  I ordered coffee and Adam ordered hot chocolate.  I had the pumpkin French toast muffin, and Adam had the blueberry muffin, along with our leftovers from Day #1.  The coffee was good, Adam's hot chocolate was great and the muffins were pretty good.  We're going back on Day #3 for root beer and they have a mug I have to buy


Rating
Atmosphere: 4 stars
Service: 3 stars
Food: 3 1/2 stars  

Crow about it Coffee Shop = A nice coffee shop







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Lunch:  Underground Cheesecake
 



At the underground cheesecake we decided just to get cheesecake and not to do lunch.  We left with 4 pieces; Oh My, Turtle Sundae, Strawberry, and Black on Bottom.  They were all very good.  I was surprised that the strawberry one was my favorite, it was so creamy.

Ratings
Atmosphere: 2 stars
Service: 3 stars
Food: 3 1/2 stars  

Underground Cheesecake = A nice place to get dessert to go.










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So we ended up at Xylo Bistro for a late lunch. 



Let me tell you, if you're in Traverse City, you need to try this place.  The service was impeccable and the food was wonderful.  Adam tried the French dip and I tried the house Turkey sandwich.  Yes I thought the Turkey sandwich was wonderful there was greens on it, red onion, some sort of sauce and a cranberry compote.  It was the best sandwich I have ever had bar none.  I can't believe that's true and it didn't even have bacon on it...ha!                  
                                                          Ratings
Atmosphere: 4 stars
Service: 4 stars
Food: 3 1/2 stars  (Adam gave it 3, I gave it 4)

Xylo Bistro = I can't wait to go back to this restaurant.







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Dinner
At the Turtle Creek Casino there are 3 restaurants and a coffee shop.  We tried the Deli, looking for casual dining.  It was another dive.  Just greasy pizza and bad milk shakes.  Makes me think we should have tried the buffet. 

Ratings
Atmosphere: 3 stars
Service: 2 stars
Food: 2 stars  

DELI = A waste of time.





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Day 4
Breakfast
Omelette Shoppe where omelets are king.  
 



 



I think they were short staffed this morning because the hostess was also clearing tables.  So the service started off a bit slow, but our waitress was very good.  Adam had another omelet with sausage gravy and hash browns.  He loved it.  I had a broccoli and cheese quiche with fresh fruit on the side.  It was very good.  We also shared a cinnamon roll and it was amazing.  I mean after the first bite we both closed our eyes and groaned, "mmmmm!".  We considered buying a dozen when we walked out.

Ratings
Atmosphere: 3 stars
Service: 3 stars
Food: 3 stars  
Cinnamon Roll: 5 stars

Omelette Shoppe = We would go back here again.

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Lunch
Spaghetti Jim's for lunch. 

 



I read about this little restaurant in a Traverse City magazine.  The article was about their fresh pasta so I couldn't wait to try it out.  This is a little hole in the wall place.  And when they say little restaurant they weren't kidding.  There's only room for about 10 people and you're sitting next to the kitchen and you can see what's going on because there are only half walls.  It has the feeling of being in a family's kitchen.  It's very quaint.  Adam tried the Panini with prosciutto, mozz cheese, and roasted red pepper.  His plate was completely cleaned.  I had the spaghetti and meatballs.  well it was only one very large meatball.  This dish was pretty good, nothing to write home about.  We also tried their cannoli.  They had a chocolate and a raspberry one.  The chocolate one was not good, the raspberry was exceptional.  The raspberries were terrific.

Ratings
Atmosphere: 2 stars
Service: 3 stars
Food: 3 stars  
Raspberry Cannoli: 4 stars

Spaghetti Jim's = A quaint place to get lunch




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Day 5
Breakfast
We experienced the best food today.  Chez Peres/ Patisserie Amie is a French restaurant that won't disappoint. 
 










The waitress was very kind and explained the French specials without being condescending at all.  Because of her kindness Adam and I ended up getting exactly what we wanted.  Adam tried the crepes one apricot and one strawberry.  The strawberry tasted exactly like my mother's jam and that is the highest compliment possible.  They were topped with Crème Fraise which we've decided is wonderful.  I had croissants dipped in beignet batter and fried then covered in powered sugar.  They were fantastic.  We've rarely had food this good and service to match. 



Ratings
Atmosphere: 4 stars
Service: 5 stars
Food: 5 stars  


Chez Peres/ Patisserie Amie =  You'd be a fool to skip this restaurant. 







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Dinner
I read about the Blue Tractor in the guide books. 


We saved this gem for last and we should have went sooner.  It looks like a typical bbq place, but the food is outstanding.  Adam had the pulled pork on a pretzel roll.  You can win Adam's heart with any kind of pretzel bread :)  His sandwich was too big to finish he boxed up half of it.  I had the bbq pulled pork mac and cheese with gruyere.  It was amazing, but the serving size was ridiculous.  I took an entire box home, it was enough to serve 4 people comfortably.  We also tried the bacon cornbread (how could we not) and it was just as good as you want it to be.  Don't miss it. 












 Ratings
Atmosphere: 3 stars
Service: 3 stars
Food: 4 stars  


 Blue Tractor = A great bbq place with huge portions.







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Dessert
Because we hadn't had enough to eat, ha! Adam decided he "needed" ice cream.  So we stopped at Moomers.  

 
 
 
 

Adam had a scoop of cupcake, and a scoop of cow tracks.  I had a scoop of strawberry and a scoop of raspberry cheese cake.  We were both pleased with our ice cream.  I'm a huge fan of waffle cones :)






Ratings
Atmosphere: 3 stars
Service: 3 stars
Food: 3 stars  


 Moomers = A nice place to get ice cream.