Day: December 15, 2011
Here’s another post from my trip up to the Traverse City area. If you saw my post on Elk Rapids, I likes me a nice breakfast when I’m on vacation — usually an omelette (still don’t know if it’s one “t” or two). This time I got a chance to go to J&S Hamburg on Front St. in Traverse City, MI. It has that whole charming hole-in-the-wall / diner feel. Plus, it was during Halloween, so that gets to add a little something to the experience — I guess some folks like to dress up in their costumes for the whole day.
I ordered a Farmer’s Omelete which had tomatoes, sausage, and mushrooms. Much to my surprise it came with a stack of pancakes! Everything was delicious and well cooked; maybe I’m just a sucker for eggs, but since I always order them, I know a good omelette when I taste one. It’s like when I judge a sushi restaurant by how good their spider rolls or temaki are. But I digress. . . you get a lot of good food for the price. Definitely worth a return visit.
Of course, I also had to check out what the town had to offer in regards to pumpkin donuts. And that’s where Potter’s Bakery comes in. As you may recall, I visited the Elk Rapids Sweet Shop and sampled their offerings. Potter’s makes a doughnut that can challenge the Sweet Shop for what I think is the best pumpkin doughnut. What makes the one from Potter’s different is in the flavor profile. The main thing that stands out is the spiciness of the it. It wasn’t overwhelming, but gave it a nice kick. It was a nice way to warm up a chilly autumn morning.
Also joining us on this road trip were the puppies Daisy and Cooper (well, maybe not puppies anymore). So I wanted to make a stop that was specifically for them. And Traverse City is home to D.O.G. Bakery, which stands for “Daisy and Oscar’s Gourmet Bakery”. You may have seen some of their goods since they have vendors in Michigan, Florida, Indiana, New York, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Ohio, and Tennessee. The store is located on Front Street in Traverse City and has some of the standard items that you would find in any pet store. What makes them special is the bakery in the back (plus the fact that they donated over 7% of their proceeds to pet focused charities). They use quality ingredients and use local food producers whenever they can, which is great. Naturally dogs are welcome inside. Thankfully there were no other puppies inside when we went in because Daisy and Cooper have a tendency to be excitable. But it was nice for them to go to a place where they can be included — it’s not like those two would be welcome inside North Peak Brewery (which I will post on soon).
So stay tuned for my final post about my trip up north when I will share a little bit about North Peak and Shorts Brewing Companies! It’s the last post about my vacation, I promise! That is, until the next vacation.