Petoskey is my new favorite city, lovely place to spend an afternoon or two or three or more. A picturesque view of the bay perks up one’s spirits even on a blustery afternoon. Alas, on the chilly grey afternoon I visited and with my camera phone, I don’t have any pictures of the bay to share with you, except the view at the Twisted Olive.

Back to the Twisted Olive later.

First a visit to McLean and Eakin. Is this the best bookstore ever?


Don’t miss the red door. It’s the way in and a red door gets me every time!


How’s this for a comfy place to pour over the cookbook selection?


The choices here are awesome! Yes, I bought The Secret Chord (and several others). Geraldine Brooks is my favorite author and this book is very recently released.


What an offering of Michigan books!


Halloween is just around the corner.

I have featured McLean and Eakin previously on this blog, June, 2013 and June 2015 if you wish to check the archives.

To my absolute joy, I discovered Twisted Olive is located downtown right behind the bookstore. I popped in for lunch of course. A 3 oz wine pour started my leisurely lunch with time to peek at the books I had purchased. The sauvignon blanc was fine indeed.

Then, um yum sweet potato soup, so creamy and flavorful. Yes, I dip my bread in the soup.


And this same best-ever bread held a white fish sandwich, incredibly fresh with crispy edges. The spread made it even better. Fresh whitefish, perfectly cook is something worth driving across the country to eat. Orzo salad was a perfect accompaniment.


My pictures do not do this food justice. Even though it may appear to be squishy white bread, it is not. The texture was perfection and the taste perfect for fish.

Ok. I posted about this restaurant on the food page last June after my first visit. Since the post is not longer available, let me see if I can give you a shortened version of that post, so you can understand something about the food and atmosphere at Twisted Olive.

The title Small Space, Big Flavor headed the post. Here are some excerpts.

Friendly greeting, professional service and terrific food add up to a memorable meal. (And so it was on this most recent visit.)

Walk in through the patio, the front door, past the hostess stand, the bar and into the dining room. Your table includes a panoramic view of the garden and Lake Michigan. The space may be small but it is luxurious.

The menu holds many interesting combinations. If I’m not mistaken there are different menus for different times of the day. You will find more information at the website: www. and you can follow the restaurant on Facebook and Twitter.

I loved watching the chefs at work in the open kitchen. And in October I add this: They work magic in that small space.

I’ll finish up by saying there is an absolute joy in eating at this restaurant!

I leave reluctantly, but……


I wouldn’t miss American Spoon and you shouldn’t either.

Purchases included: Cherry Berry Spoonfruit
Apricot Spoon Fruit
Fruit Perfect Sour Cherries for pie
Red Haven Peach Preserves
And a first time purchase, Ketchup, made without high fructose corn syrup.

Here are addresses and websites for these three businesses:

McLean and Eakin Booksellers
307 Lake Street Petoskey MI 49770
(mail order policy is great)

Twisted Olive
319 Bay Street Petoskey MI 49770

American Spoon Foods
411 East Lake Street
Petoskey MI 49770
Easy ordering online and by phone.

Add these to your rolodex or whatever your modern version of such.


  1. Judy dawson

    You make me miss Harbor Springs and Petoskey so very much! T he people, restaurants and environment,I am so glad you made time to go!


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