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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!

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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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There is nothing better than enjoying a hot meal during your winter stay here in Traverse City. Luckily, Traverse City has a variety of restaurants that you need to stop by to experience some incredible meals. Take a look at some of our favorite Traverse City restaurants to grab a hot winter meal:

Firefly Restaurant

Dining out is done best when you are with your loved ones. Take the family to Firefly Restaurant, where you can enjoy small plates such as creative sushi and even fondue. This eclectic eatery has everything on the menu from seafood tacos to burgers, fried pickles, and so much more. The service is also top notch and will easily win you over. Firefly Restaurant is open daily from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM for lunch and dinner and is open late until 10:00 PM on the weekend. The restaurant is open for din-in services for masked patrons located at 310 N Cass St.

The Towne Plaza

For breakfast and lunch, look no further than The Towne Plaza. Stop by in the morning for some winter comfort food such as pancakes or steel cut oatmeal. French toast and a variety of benedict plates round out the breakfast menu. Keep things light for lunch with several salad options, a burger, grilled cheese, and even potato gnocchi. The variety of soups are a great way to warm up on a cold winter day here in Michigan. The Towne Plaza is located at 203 Cass St and is open daily from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM; the restaurant is even open early at 8:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday.


For fine winter dining make sure to stop by PepeNero for Southern Italian cuisine like no other. This upscale restaurant is located in a former chapel and features swanky décor. Expect handmade pasta paired with delicious seafood and other protein options. PepeNero is open Tuesday through Satday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM for dinner. You can find PepeNero located at 700 Cottageview Dr here in Traverse City.

More Winter Meals in Traverse City

As you can see, there is plenty of delicious food waiting for you here in Traverse City. Reserve one of our vacation rentals here in the city to find incredible amenities and be just a short distance away from these great Traverse City restaurants.