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Traverse City and Manistee Michigan restaurants, please!

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I will be traveling with my dad who enjoys Italian or steak! Any suggestions for great restaurants in the Traverse City or Manistee areas of Michigan? Thanks! Also looking for good breakfast and light lunch spots! Some unique would fun!

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  1. Traverse City and the surrounding area have been discussed extensively here, in the recent and not-so-recent past. Check out these discussions for recommendations:

    www.chow.com/topics/738893
    www.chow.com/topics/716476
    www.chow.com/topics/708460
    www.chow.com/topics/413360
    www.chow.com/topics/120503

    1. best italian in tc is stella. tuscan bistro is also very good.

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      1. re: jock

        take it all back. visited stella the last night before returning to arizona. very disappointing. dry, tasteless "berkshire pork" was the biggest of several less than stellar (pun intended) offerings. service poor too. really felt rushed.

        enough to turn regulars into unlikely to return.

      2. We liked the Boathouse Grill in Manistee.

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        Boathouse Grill
        440 River St, Manistee, MI 49660

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        1. re: momskitchen

          Just to clarify... I assume the Boathouse Grill in Manistee has nothing to do either with the Boathouse Restaurant in Traverse City ( www.boathouseonwestbay.com ) that is discussed extensively in the links above, or with the Boathouse Bar & Grille in Pentwater ( http://boathousebarandgrill.community... )?

          It's very confusing!

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          Boathouse Restaurant
          14039 Peninsula Dr, Traverse City, MI 49686

          Boathouse Bar & Grille
          5164 W Monroe Rd, Pentwater, MI 49449

          Boathouse Grill
          440 River St, Manistee, MI 49660

          Boathouse Bar & Grille
          5067 Smuggles Pass, Pentwater, MI 49449

          1. re: nsxtasy

            Don't know....I've only been to the one in Manistee....

        2. For incredible Italian in Traverse City definitely check out Stella. We love it there. When I was there this summer my boyfriend actually got a really delicious steak served with homemade spaghetti...delicious!

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          1. re: Elyssa

            Another vote for Stella. I was up in TC for a conference about a month ago, and stuffed myself silly there. Perhaps a touch oversalted, but still worth every penny.

          2. Was at Stella's recently ... Mixed experience. Try using the search function ...

            1. I have to second (third, fourth?) the Stella recommendation. I have been there five times and loved every meal. Their steaks (they often have a Wagyu special) are great in particular.

              I also have to agree with those who have said they felt rushed or detected an attitude. My specific complaint is that on at least two occasions I was denied a reservation at the requested time and then came in to find PLENTY of open tables that never filled up. That just doesn't make any sense to me. Most people (especially tourists) would go elsewhere (with the tourists likely to never return).