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.
LaZeez International Market & Deli culls tastes and trinkets from across the globe to stock its store, deli, and restaurant with distinctive finds. In the Indian eatery, tandoor-style ovens unfurl to crown plates with marinated meats and naan bread as cauliflower, potatoes, and paneer mingle to forge a slate of meat-free dishes. A children's menu offers pint-size American dishes for hungry kids and picky founding fathers, and many dishes can be bundled to go from the in-house deli. The international market takes a more global approach by stocking grocery and gift items hailing from countries such as China, Greece, and Brazil to let shoppers bring their own piece of foreign flair home via unique spices, drinks, apparel, and incense.
The first thing you notice about River Rock Cafe Inc is the posters—a pastiche of classic rock paraphernalia covers the long, narrow dining-room walls, an ever-expanding testament to owner Greg Kimbrue’s twin passions for music and art. Greg—whose original career ambition was to be a high-school art teacher—spent years assembling the vast collage with concert posters from his personal collection. The hodgepodge aesthetic spills onto the pool tables, which are similarly shellacked, and influences the jukebox that fills the dining room and sidewalk patio with classic-rock melodies until 2 a.m. Though the interior is decidedly retro, the building itself hails from an even earlier era—1869. Greg has preserved the space’s old tin ceilings, white oak floors, and narrow room, which proves an ideal venue for DJs, dancing, and post-dinner chorus lines three nights a week. When it comes to the food though, Greg goes for timeless American; hearty steaks, ribs, and fried fish pair with a robust cocktail and beer menu.