MyNorth Voters Ranked Wineguys Restaurants Among Top 1 and 2, AGAIN

4 Jun

MyNorth Voters Ranked Wineguys Restaurants Among Top 1 and 2, AGAIN

June 2023 | Red Hot Best Awards Announced


Established nearly 17 years ago, the Red Hot Best awards give MyNorth and Traverse Magazine readers an opportunity to nominate and vote for their Up North favorites across seven regions and multiple categories. According to Traverse Magazine’s MyNorth enewsletter, “165,000 nominations and votes were cast.”

#1 Coffee Shop – Roast & Toast

Roast & Toast is a downtown Petoskey hot spot for house-roasted coffee, breakfast, lunch and sweets…where everything is housemade from muffins to salad dressings!

For 5 years running, Roast & Toast has received the #1 COFFEE SHOP designation, with many other 1st and 2nds throughout the contest’s 17-year tenure.

“We take great pride in producing the very best coffee,” shares Ben Walker, Roast & Toast General Manager and Partner. “The consistent #1 Coffee Shop rating is exciting and is validation that our fresh, small-batch, house-roasted coffee is definitely appreciated and worth our extra efforts. We take great pride in producing an amazing cup,” Walker adds.

Using carefully selected beans from around the world, “we roast according to bean profile, create blends, and conduct small-batch techniques to maintain a selection of freshly roasted varieties,” Walker shares.

Call 231.347.7767 or visit for more coffee details and a full menu. Roast & Toast is located 309 E Lake Street, downtown Petoskey.

Inside and al fresco, guests enjoy great daily deals from 4 – 5:30pm, coined Petoskey’s Best Happy Hour.

#2 Happy Hour – Palette Bistro

Not the first time on the Red Hot Best winner’s list, Palette Bistro Happy Hour boasts a righteous offering of food and drink deals. Inside overlooking Little Traverse Bay, on the streetside patio or upper deck, guests can close the day and start your evening off with 40% off small plates and $1 off draft beers, plus $5 Cosmopolitan, Margarita, French 75, Manhattan, and select wines by the glass. Housemade small plates include everything from Crab Cakes to Braised Short Rib Rigatoni, from Classic Caesar to stone-fired Margherita Pizza.

“We are, again, thrilled to be recognized by MyNorth and Traverse voters,” shares Palette Bistro General Manager and Wineguys Restaurant Group Partner Joe Keedy. “Our Happy Hour has always been popular amongst locals, the business community, seasonal residents and vacationing guests,” Keedy adds. “It’s special to be recognized.”


#2 Best Restaurant – City Park Grill

City Park Grill is a favorite lunch, dinner and entertainment venue for locals and visitors alike with a rich and storied Prohibition history.

“City Park Grill has a long history of providing exceptional dining, both for lunch and dinner,” explains General Manager Daniel Gosciak. “We are excited about this recognition, especially coming from the entire northern Michigan community three years in a row.”

City Park Grill, in one of Petoskey’s oldest buildings, was originally constructed in 1875. McCarty Hall, as it was then known, was a males-only billiard parlor that offered cigars and “intoxicating beverages.” The storied history includes tales of prohibition and underground tunnels, of young Ernest Hemingway, and ghost sightings. Guests can enjoy historic tours on designated Sundays throughout the year. Visit for a calendar of events.

Well known for their made-from-scratch food, City Park Grill is a local’s favorite and vacationer’s return destination. “Recognition like this gives us an opportunity to remind guests that nearly everything we serve is housemade — from salad dressings to sauces, from soups to desserts,” Gosciak adds. “And, we cut our steaks, we smoke our meats, we use local farmers and purveyors whenever in season, and we even make our own ginger beer.”



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