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Traverse City, MI

Population: 16,018
Photo: Michael Poehlman Photography

Known as the Cherry Capital of the World, the Lake Michigan resort town of Traverse City, MI, does a pretty good job with other foods, too.

With plenty of award-winning restaurants, wineries, farmers markets and dairies, Traverse City has been called “a new foodie haven” by The Huffington Post, and Midwest Living magazine named it second on its list of the region's “best food towns.”

At the heart of the accolades is an emphasis on the farm-to-table philosophy. At Trattoria Stella, where chef Myles Anton was nominated for a 2010 James Beard Foundation award, the menu of Italian fare takes care to note ingredients from local farms and dairies. For wine lovers, the city's Leelanau Peninsula and Old Mission Peninsula wine regions lie along the 45th parallel – the same latitude that gives the Bordeaux region of France its famous reputation.

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