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20 Dishes @ Alliance, Traverse City

“They didn’t have crap like this when I was growing up in Traverse City,” says Dale Carlson, our content director and 1989 graduate of Traverse City St. Francis High School. “If ya wanted something fancy ya went to the Trillium (atop the Grand Traverse Resort Tower) or Boone’s Long Lake Inn for a steak. If ya wanted to dine snazzy in town ya went to some dump called ‘The Coach & Four’. Nowadays ya got at least ten places better than that to choose from. At least. Whatta buncha BS. Whatever. I woulda never had the palette to appreciate it back then anyway.” That said, we give you twenty unique and aesthetically striking dishes we feasted upon at Alliance of Traverse City, Michigan, located at 114 Hall Street, near the very heart of northern Michigan’s summer tourism capitol. Enjoy! ~ I♥DM

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1. Hot Tea Service….

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2. Bread Service with herb butter….

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3. Taco el Pastor….

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4. Grilled Beets with kaffir yogurt, dukkah & dill….

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5. Broccoli with smoked bleu cheese, scallions & bread crumbs….

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6. Kinilaw with sea bass, olive oil & chilies….

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7. Beets with labnah, roti & honey….

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8. Mushroom Salad with lovage, dijon & quail egg….

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9. Stir Fried Butternut Squash with miso, herbs & peanuts….

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10. Cabbage with ground pork, sofrito & chicken skin….

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11. Grilled Carrots with chimichurri, sunflower seeds and ricotta….

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12. Tomato & Watermelon Salad with gochujang, sesame & cucumber ice….

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13. Thai-Fried Chicken with crispy rice, jalapeño, cilantro & mint….

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14. Bibb Lettuce with bleu cheese & bread crumbs (accompaniment to the New York Strip Filet)….

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15. New York Strip Filet with foie gras butter, bibb lettuce & sunchokes….

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16. Pork Shoulder with lettuce wraps, pickles, kimchi & rice….

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17. Dry Aged Ribeye with loma greens & lemon….

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18. Key Lime “Pie” with graham cracker, coconut & kaffir yogurt….

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19. Cereal with ice cream, blueberries & basil….

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20. Loma Strawberries with shortcake & elderflower ice cream….

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Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.

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