Tag Archives: Restaurants

Food Recommendations in Traverse City

Two great places to check out the next time you’re in TC:

Folgarelli’s Deli

True, old-school Italian deli.  A huge counter of deli meats by the pound, more than 50 cheeses, a great sandwich menu, stuffed olives, picnic items, snacks, and an entire room full of wine. Really impressive! Front Street, just around the corner from North Peak.

Apache Trout Grill

Great restaurant on the west bay, just over the county line. Fish and meats are perfectly done, there’s a nice wine list, and it’s always hopping.  Fair warning – no reservations, no call-ahead wait list, but you can squeeze into the booths in bar area on a first come, first served basis.

I can recommend the smoked whitefish appetizer, the petite filet, and any of their lake fish specials. Vegetables are done perfectly, there is always something creative with sauces and garnishes, and the quality is top-notch.


Ordering Wine in Restaurants – now on Kindle

Wine Me Up! Ordering Wine in Restaurants is now available in the Kindle Store for $2.99!

This is my most ambitious volume to date – it gives you the inside skinny on how wine lists are put together, guidance on how to assess the list and the restaurant staff, and detailed pairing instructions for more than a dozen cuisines.

It even gives you some help with choosing wine on a first date, or at an important business function.

Future volumes already underway include South Africa and Wine Buying at Trader Joe’s.