Lunch at Jolly Pumpkin

As you might have figured out by now, as much as my husband and I like wine, we are also into beer. (As one might suspect from a couple who is working to open a microbrewery!). And so we couldn’t leave Traverse City without stopping at Jolly Pumpkin.

As it was a snowy Sunday early afternoon in April, it was nice and quiet. They brought us some sort of root chips right away, which was great as we hadn’t had breakfast and it was noon.

We discovered that they also brew North Peak’s mainstays at this facility.

Now THAT'S a beer sampler!

We were also excited to see that the restaurant has a commitment to sourcing locally. Beyond the beers, their menu includes whitefish dip, Great Lakes Fish, and locally sourced cherries and cheeses.

When we checked in on FourSquare, it posted to our FaceBook pages, and all of Troy’s friends were posting suggestions. This must be a popular place! We decided to take our friend Tim’s suggestion and get the Pork Nachos.

Slow Smoked Pulled Pork Nachos white corn tortilla chips, pepper jack cheese, dried cherry salsa, cilantro lime sour cream $9

I wish we had known how filling they were, because we could barely finish our main dishes. Troy ordered pizza, and I went with a turkey melt.

Carnivore's Pizza sliced steak, pepperoni, bacon, roasted tomato sauce and mozzarella $10

The pizza was smoky and delicious. You could tell it was quality meat, which makes a huge difference in taste and the overall experience of eating a meaty pizza.

Turkey Melt Michigan turkey breast, sliced apples, taleggio cheese, white cheddar, Werp greens and garlic mayo on whole grain bread $9

The turkey melt was wonderful. I loved the cheese and the way the apple added a nice sweetness. Truthfully I didn’t even touch the fries, I’m sure they were good too but I was too full from the nachos and mega-beer sampler.

Overall, I give Jolly Pumpkin an A+. Not only were all the beers good, but the food was above and beyond what I ever thought it would be.


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Now, on to today’s trivia question!

Today’s Trivia Question

How many new wineries were added in Michigan this year? (click to see hint and to enter)

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