Third Street Station’s priority is introducing patrons to tasty sandwiches and coffees made from local products. Its menu overflows with 20 types of sandwiches that burst with Michigan-made cheeses and produce from Michigan farmers markets. The PBLT stacks traditional BLT ingredients on top of medium-sharp Pinconning cheese, and the Traverse City Cherry Festival salad sprinkles dried Traverse City cherries, toasted walnuts, and blue cheese crumbles on top of a bed of mixed greens with grilled chicken.
Third Street Station also brews fresh, Michigan-roasted coffees that make their way into cappuccinos and iced mochas. Patrons can enjoy the coffee drinks, sandwiches, and beer and wine outside on the patio during warmer months.
When Mike Busley walked into Julian Pie Company, he found something unexpected—a sense of purpose. Returning with a dream of opening his own café with his wife, Denise, Mike convinced Julian’s owner to show them how to make pie so flavorful that it could alter a person’s life, just as it had theirs. The couple found themselves armed with newfound know-how, leading them to quit their careers in defense and medical sales, have a tough but healthy breakup talk with San Diego, and venture to Michigan to open Grand Traverse Pie Company.
Though now a franchise throughout Michigan and Indiana, Mike and Denise continue to run the original shop, and each location adheres to their vision of favoring ingredients from Michigan growers. Each day, chefs bake more than 25 flavors of pie, which have received attention from publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine. They also prepare an extensive selection of comfort fare for breakfast, second breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The first choice at Yogurt Loft is probably the hardest. As a self-serve dessert stop, the store invites patrons to peruse its current selection of probiotic-rich yogurts, which might include crowd favorites such as dark chocolate, nonfat cheesecake, and strawberry with real chunks of fruit. Once customers decide on a yogurt flavor, they can visit the toppings station and load their frosty treat with candies, fruits, and other sweets to create a truly personalized sundae.
The Coffee Beanery's methods of roasting and brewing coffee transcends from process to artistry. For 36 years, the international chain has roasted its own hand-selected beans at its Michigan headquarters using its trademarked Right Roast technique, where humans take the place of robots to roast small batches to their peak flavor. Each of their 31 kosher-certified coffee flavors set taste buds alight without the use of sugar, alcohol, lactose, or glow sticks. Decaffeinated versions drip into cups sans chemicals, as each batch is made with only the Swiss Water Process.
For 22 years, Fireside Coffee Company has been creating gourmet beverage mixes ranging from chocolate-based coffee to chai tea & hot cocoa. Every delicicous blend is also instant - just add water - perfect to keep in your desk at work, take with you while you travel, or make a quick cup in the morning to start your day!
Tropical Smoothie Café's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the crushing guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat emanating from the floorboards. Puréed potions such as pomegranate plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, and cranberry; $4.79) are stuffed with super fruit, and low-fat options, such as mango magic (mango, pineapples, and non-fat yogurt; $4.29), trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the kiwi citrus green tea's antioxidant-laden matcha charge or the muscle blaster's whey or soy protein ($4.79 each). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.79 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.