While exploring Traverse City, we saw a line out the door for Mackinaw Brewing Company. So after some shopping, we decided to grab some lunch when the crowds dissipated.
MBC was actually the first brewpub to open up in downtown Traverse City, specializing in hand-crafted brews (Michigan is known for those!) and smoked meats. So let's get on with it - apologies for the cell phone pics!
Smoked Whitefish Bake [$8.99]
Smoked whitefish, cheese, green onion, garlic, MBC garlic rounds
Seemingly a specialty of most places in Michigan, you'll find whitefish on pretty much every menu. This dip was smoky, cheesy, creamy, and delicious. With a spritz of lemon for acidity and spread on the toast points, this was a nice bite.
Another crowd favorite? Just some of the best mozzarella sticks ever. The brininess of the dill came on slightly through the creaminess of the cheese, with a crisp homemade crust. Ranch accompanied these bad boys.
Whitefish Sandwich [$9.99]
Great Lakes whitefish, deep fried, lettuce, tartar sauce
The GF was in the mood for a fish sandwich, so went with the whitefish sandwich. I think she thought it ate more like cod, but unfortunately, the fishiness of the whitefish really came through. Should've went with the mahi special like I hinted! In any case, it was well-fried with a crunchy batter, but fair warning on the inherent fishiness. Can't fault the fries though - beer-battered and deliciously creamy within.
BBQ brisket, grilled onions, cheddar cheeese
I went with the beef brisket, which was smoky, sweet, and tender, with a great heaping of melted cheddar and savory onions piled on high. This was all within a toasted, but pillowy brioche bun. Ad you can't forget about those killer fries!
Overall, MBC really hit the spot with their great apps and smoked meats. I'd definitely stop by again if I were in town.