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Jun 25, 2012 01:47 PM

I'm heading up 31 towards Charlevoix - any good spots along the way?

I'll be driving up to Charlevoix from the Cadillac area and looking for some hole in the wall type of places that'll make for a good pitstop. We'll be passing through Elk Rapids, Kewadin, etc going up along the east side of the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay. One spot I'm definitely checking out is Pearl's in Elk Rapids for cajun/creole food. Other possible pit-stops are Mr. Foisie's Pasties in Cadillac, Friske Orchards north of Torch Lake, and Don's Drive-In towards Traverse City. I'll report back next week after my trip.

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  1. Not to be one of "those" people, but I'm trying to figure out your route - 31 runs along Lake Michigan into Traverse City then continues north and 131 runs through Cadillac. Are you making a detour to the west? Knowing your route will help me to make a couple of suggestions.

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    1. re: patucci

      ahh, good point, I see the confusion. I am taking 131 north out of Cadillac and will meet up with 31 just east of Traverse City and follow 31 the rest of the way up towards Charlevoix. I haven't been up that way since I was a kid and I thought it was 31 coming out of Cadillac, not 131.

    2. Definitely Pearl's, and a real fruit shake at Don's. The prices might shock you, but the shake will be worth it.

      1. I am back from my trip up north. We ended up going to Pearl's in Elk Rapids (twice!), Friske Orchards on 31 north of Elk Rapids, the Dairy Grille in Charlevoix and Chicken-N-Stuff in East Jordan for some broasted chicken. Pearl's was really excellent, I was surprised at how good it was. Between both of the visits, I had crawfish etoufee, jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish cakes, catfish po'boy and New Orleans BBQ shrimp. All were winners. I have a more complete write-up with pics on my blog:


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