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Mario Batali’s Favorite Traverse City Haunts

Photo by Bill Rockwood

Each year famed chef Mario Batali spends the greater part of the summer at his vacation home near Traverse City, fishing, cooking and hunting down the best eats the area has to offer.

He shared some of his favorite spots to shop and dine in Michigan on his blog: Michigan Summer

See his recommendations for everything from an old-school butcher to the best hard apple cider to a great seafood place on the Bon Appetit Blog: How Mario Batali Escapes New York Summers

Here are a few original Mario Batali Traverse City inspired recipes:
Celebrity chef Mario Batali dishes up three Michigan-inspired summer recipes

In this article Mario Batali names his favorite nine restaurants, including 2 Traverse City, Michigan establishments
Mario Batali’s 9 favorite restaurants around the world

Mario Batali sat down with the folks at PureMichigan.org to share his favorite things to do in the Traverse City area.



Favorite Grand Haven Eats

There are dining choices to please most tastes and budgets in Grand Haven.  Elegance of the Seasons is open for lunch and changes their menu each day. Their display case is filled with cookies and other baked delights. They usually offer a salad, soup, cold sandwich and a grilled sandwich, and sometimes quiche.  Choices might include a spinach and goat cheese quiche, sweet potato bisque, spaghetti squash salad with goat cheese, lettuce and sunflower seeds, or a cranberry chicken salad sandwich.

For tasty pizza that won’t break the bank, the locals head to Fricano’s.  Fricano’s has been selling pizza in Grand Haven for more than 50 years from the big gray house on the city’s east side.  The decor is no frills and the menu is simple, but the delicious ingredients and economical price have the joint packed every weekend.

For a quick bite, duck into Butch’s Beach Burritos, across from the boardwalk, which offers American style versions of Mexican favorites. 

At the popular Kirby House you’ll have your choice of a popular bar and three restaurants – the upscale Grill Room, where you’ll enjoy excellent steaks, the laid back Kirby’s Grill, which offers a variety of dishes like juicy bacon and cheddar burgers or miso grilled salmon, and the family favorite K2, where fresh, wood-fired pizzas are the mainstay on the menu. Kirby House also has a popular bar with music and dancing.

Porto Bello serves Italian dishes and gourmet pizza, with a bar and live music on some nights (check their website for details).

If you’d like to enjoy views of the water try Bil Mar,right on the beach or Snug Harbor, located along the Grand River.

Hungry after the bar closes? Case of the munchies at 3 A.M.? The Rendezvous Family Diner is open 24 hours.

Contact Info:

Elegance of the Seasons
216 Washington Ave
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 296-1059

Butch’s Beach Burritos
726 S. Harbor Dr.
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 842-3690

Fricano’s Pizza Tavern
1400 Fulton St.
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 842-8640

The Kirby House
2 Washington St.
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 846-3299

Porto Bello
41 Washington
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Phone: 616-846-1221

Bil-Mar Restaurant
1223 S. Harbor Dr.
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 842-5920

Snug Harbor
311 S. Harbor Dr.
Grand Haven, MI 4917
(616) 846-8400

Rendezvous Family Dining
401 N 7th St
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 846-3740