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Martha’s Leelanau Table

413 ST. JOSEPH ST., SUTTONS BAY; 231-271-2344 

A European-style bistro, inspired by the owner’s travels to Europe. The Suttons Bay restaurant works hard to create a cosy and inviting atmosphere, and then emphasis is on the food made from scratch. Every year, Martha herself leads foodie tours to Europe, and customers can enroll on her Traverse City cookery classes if they want to recreate Martha’s delicious meals at home. With items on the menu like authentic paella and Swiss raclette, it’s no wonder customers want to learn how to cook like Martha.

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Bella Fortuna

104 W. MAIN ST., LAKE LEELANAU; 231-994-2400
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Owners Jane Fortune and Robert Hesse divide their time between a home in Florence, Italy, and Leland where they bring the kind of cooking they enjoy on the other continent in their elegant, soothing, little restaurant (with a bocce court outside to work off dinner).

Dick’s Pour House

103 W. PHILIP ST., LAKE LEELANAU; 231-256-9912 DICKSPOURHOUSE.COM

If you are looking for a throwback to the simple basic traditional fish fry and hamburger place where the locals hang out, it doesn’t get better than this wood-paneled, drop-ceilinged, ever-busy watering hole where the pickup truck and beer on tap still reign. And harried servers deliver plates under the dead-eyed gaze of mounted deer heads and antler plaques for a genuine Up North atmosphere.

Riverside Inn

302 E. RIVER ST., LELAND; 231-256-9971 THERIVERSIDE-INN.COM

Arrive by boat or car at this highly popular family style restaurant that has dockside parking, sunny, pretty rooms in the front, and more rustic deck dining out back. The menu includes house-made charcuterie choices — terrines, rillettes, coppa, and a selection of more traditional items: pork chops, whitefish, short ribs with gnocchi, and duck confit with duck breast.

La Becasse

9001 S. DUNNS FARM RD., MAPLE CITY; 231-334-3944 
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The original fine dining restaurant on the peninsula was launched two generations ago and now run for the last decade by Chef Guillaume Hazaël-Massieux. He keeps the menu brief and traditional: seared chicken breast with wild mushrooms, breaded whitefish with a beurre blanc, and duck two ways: a confit and a grilled breast in a demi-glace and sweet potato gratin, all done with style and elegance.

This article appears in the  August 2014 issue of Hour Detroit.

LEELANAU CHEESE

3324 S W BAY SHORE DR., SUTTONS BAY; 231-271-2600 LEELANAUCHEESE.COM

Streetside Grill

Neighborhood restaurant & bar specializing in seafood, sliders, pasta salads & flatbread pizzas with 16 beers on tap.

Red Top Pasteria

This local eatery is inspired by family traditions and Michigan history. Opening January 11, Red Top offers Detroit-style pizza, Finnish pasties and pastries, wings, breadsticks, salads and weekly specials.