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Not every meal needs to be a fancy affair when visiting Traverse City. The area features plenty of unique and locally-owned restaurants that will provide a great dining experience on any budget. Take a look at some of our favorite spots for casual restaurants in Traverse City:


You can enjoy delicious New American cuisine in a casual atmosphere when you dine in with Poppycocks. This local restaurant is known for their flavorful meals and live jazz music. This restaurant allows you to show up casual while enjoying entrees that look like they were prepared at a fine dining restaurant. Enjoy meals such as fresh cuts of seafood, short rib, various pasta dishes, and much more. Poppycocks also has an extensive martini selection that is their signature drink. Additional drink options include a variety of wines so you can enjoy a bit of everything during your meal at Poppycocks.

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It does not get more casual than with an exciting meal found over at Bubba’s. This local favorite is known for their selection of unique burgers along with a variety of craft beer options. Each burger is grilled fresh to order and is topped with some fascinating toppings. Additional items on the menu that are sure to get a glace from you are the mac and cheese bites and “Irish Sushi.” The daily happy hour always has incredible food and drink specials for you to choose from too. Now that is casual dining done right at Bubba’s!

The Filling Station Microbrewery

Casual dining does not mean you cannot try somewhere unique during your stay in Traverse City. The Filling Station Microbrewery continues to be a local favorite for their handcrafted ales along with their selection of tasty pub food. You can order from a menu that includes different flatbread pizzas and salads. Locals report the tasting room is a cozy dining area where families are always welcome. Make sure to pair your pizza with a tasting flight of all their unique beers offered on the menu!

More Dining Options in Traverse City

These are just a few of the many casual dining spots found all around Traverse City. Prepare for your stay by reserving one of our vacation rentals here by the lake. You can enjoy close proximity to all of the local attractions along with having luxury amenities to make your stay a comfortable one.

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If you are looking around for a restaurant that feature delicious food during your stay in Traverse City, look no further an Apache Trout Grill. This local favorite has been around since Mike Connors first opened the restaurant in 1994. While ownership has changed since then, the dedication to delicious food and a relaxing atmosphere has stayed the same. Apache Trout Grill is a popular community gathering place and features a breathtaking waterfront view. You will get a stunning view of the Grand Traverse Bay while enjoying customer favorites like fresh seafood and steaks made to order.

Menu for Any Time of the Day

While some restaurants only serve during dinner hours, Apache Trout Grill is open for the majority of each day. Lunch and dinner can be started with a mouthwatering appetizer like the western BBQ shrimp or seared ahi tuna. Sandwiches can be enjoyed during lunch hours with customer favorites like the panko crusted whitefish sandwich, pecan crusted chicken, or classic tuna club. Apache Trout Grill features an award-winning loaded mac & cheese for lunch and dinner which comes stacked with five different cheeses, grilled chicken, bacon, breadcrumbs, and a variety of veggies.

Of course, your meal at Apache Trout Grill would not be complete without trying out their famous BBQ platters. Try out the slow cooked BBQ ribs, bourbon BBQ beef short ribs, and bacon wrapped shrimp. The seafood on the menu includes whitefish, walleye, salmon, rainbow trout, halibut, lobster, and scallops—basically anything enjoyable that can be found locally! For those looking to stay away from meat, you can order a delicious salad featuring fresh veggies and greens.

Brunch Done Right

Enjoy Sunday brunch at Apache Trout Grill with an all-you-can-eat menu. You will have access to the crepe station and hand-carved prime rib. Of course, you can pair your food with your favorite adult beverage to make it a true brunch!

Finding Apache Trout Grill

You can enjoy lunch, dinner, or brunch at Apache Trout Grill found at 13671 S. West Bayshore Drive. Call 231-947-7079 with any questions or to reserve a table during brunch.

More to See in Traverse City

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Make time to unwind and savor the fun of a trip to Traverse City, Michigan any time of year! This all-seasons destination is known and loved for its blossoming cherry trees, scenic stretches of lakeside shoreline, incredible parks, and options to explore museums, galleries and more that are sure to inspire travelers of all interests. No matter what time of year you arrive, making the most of the culinary scene is sure to be a treat. When you don’t have time to dine-in, but can’t wait to savor the flavors, be sure to add these top restaurants for carryout in Traverse City to the list of stops you don’t want to miss.

Trattoria Stella

When you can’t stop a craving for fine Italian fare with a farm-to-table focus, order carryout from Trattoria Stella while you’re in town. This delightful eatery is located at 1200 W. Eleventh Street and is known for adding innovative twists to traditional favorites. Appetizers range from beef carpaccio and oysters to oven-roasted chestnuts upon request. Entrées include everything from tortellini and fettuccini to pork tenderloin and Atlantic scallops.


When you’re looking to keep your carryout options simple, savory and more traditional, Bubba’s is the way to go. This casual eatery is known for its selection of mouthwatering burgers and fries that are ideal when paired with mac n’ cheese bites or a side order of Irish egg rolls. A selection of savory sandwiches is also available as well as a full kids’ menu when you’re ordering for little ones. Curb side to-go options make picking up dinner from Bubba’s easier than ever. Bubba’s is located at 428 E. Front Street.

Mama Lu’s

Take time to unwind in the comfort of your vacation rental with a selection of savory gourmet tacos thanks to carryout available at Mama Lu’s. Situated at 149 E. Front Street, this locale is truly one of a kind. Known as a modern-day taco shop, guests can order up tacos that feature everything from chicken and beef to fish and shrimp upon request. Don’t forget to add the side order of chips and salsa, nachos or pork rinds to truly round out your dining experience at one of the top restaurants for carryout in Traverse City!

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There’s no reason to wait when you’re ready to enjoy the beauty and fun of Traverse City, Michigan. Contact True North Properties today to learn more about our many rentals in the area and how to make sure you’re booked into a home away from home that prioritizes comfort, convenience, and style.