If you like Railroads, Pizza and Beer, and you find yourself in Traverse City Michigan, do I have a place for you!
A colleague and I ate here after arriving in Traverse City while on a business trip; an incredibly wonderful little place to unwind, have a beer, dinner and relax!
They had at least 14 different craft beers on tap and a few others that were currently out; these are listed as ‘Derailed’ in keeping with the Railroad theme.
Pizzas are flatbread pizzas wood fired in a domed pizza oven at around 700 degrees and watching the process, it is apparent that all of the ingredients are fresh and it tastes it. I counted 15 different pizzas on the menu, plus, you could create your own to your specifications. They also have nightly specials, so ask about those. They also have appetizers and salads, along with a smaller kids menu: Mac ‘n Cheese and PB & J.
I had the Firebox Pizza which was rated three peppers, and it was certainly ‘Hot’ to be sure! If you don’t like ‘Hot’ this is not for you, if you do, order it, you will not be disappointed.
Our meals were superb and the flatbread was cooked perfectly. Along with a couple of those craft beers and we were happy campers.
This place is located 50 yards from a hike / bike trail and next to a community garden that is worked by the children in the area… Boardman Lake is just across a broad lawn from the trail as well, and as we ate outside, we had all of this to take in during dinner.
This is the old Pere Marquette Railroad Traverse City Depot built in 1926 and opened in January of 1927 and is a nice ‘country’ style structure.
Oh, and they have live entertainment here as well! There was a young lady outside singing and playing a guitar. Sadly, I cannot tell you her name, however, she was quite good and the music was loud enough to sing along with, should you want, yet it did not drown out our conversation. They hit the sweet spot here with this.
Oh, a couple another things, it is ‘Dog Friendly’ if you are sitting outside, and there are bike racks should you decide to peddle in for dinner.
Plan on stopping by if in the area and spend time outside if possible; if you roll thru in January, why then it’s probably best to eat indoors... : )
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