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 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.
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.
Rolls 'R' Ready whips up Southern-inspired pastries and sweet snacks in a hospitable setting. Entreat northerly noshers to decadent sub-Mason-Dixon cuisine with the shop’s signature handmade cinnamon rolls. The bakers dress up fresh dough with sugar and savory spices, roll it up, and lavish it with a liberal arts education to create a flavorful, well-rounded treat. Though not included with the purchase of this Groupon, Rolls 'R' Ready also offers palate-pleasers such as pies, cookies, cakes, and tasty turnovers.
Smita Ahluwalia didn't set out to become a chef—she's a doctor by profession—but when the lifelong foodie found the spice blends available in American supermarkets drab, she had to intervene. In 2007, she founded Peacock Spice Company, which distributes flavorful Indian spice blends across the country. In the process of growing her first company, Smita realized that the international foods market in India wasn't very developed and decided to bring one of her favorite foods overseas with Oye Crepes.
Today, the quick-serve restaurant has three locations—two in India and one in Detroit—that serve a mix of sweet and savory crepes. A plain crepe has just 1.5 grams of fat and can make a nutritious meal filled with fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs. But Oye also has decadent crepes such as the french kiss, which is filled with strawberries, nutella, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate sauce, then brought to the table by Gérard Depardieu.