Posted by: Kath Usitalo | August 6, 2010

Road Food Report: The Fresh Palate

Fresh Palate staff scurries to prep fresh and creative foods in a colorful setting

The Fresh Palate cafe was another of the tasty surprises I enjoyed on my visit to Alpena earlier this week.

I’ve written about the city’s Island Park and Nowicki’s Sausages. Now I can recommend a delish detour to the kind of spot you’d expect to find on every street corner across the Mitt in Traverse City—not necessarily on the Sunrise Side of the northern Lower Peninsula, where Polish sausage and homegrown potatoes are justifiably popular.

The cafe, which opened last year, is on the first floor of The Center Building, a circa 1903 former downtown department store carved into retail and office space. The Fresh Palate is fresh food—much of it locally grown—served by young, friendly folks in a hip setting with a side of free WiFi.

I had a tough time choosing among the Morning Burritos, but I settled on the Mushroom Hunter: scrambled egg, wild mushrooms, thyme, carmelized onion, Swiss and Dijon cream cheese in a whole wheat wrap. Delish.

Lunch choices include a mind-boggling choice of paninis, wraps and burritos, plus fresh fruit and housemade soups. Good coffee, too.

The busy spot is open for breakfast and lunch. Stop for a bite before or after a visit to the third floor Art in the Loft, a gallery featuring area artists.

The Fresh Palate website is under construction, but check out the Facebook page for tasty updates.

Appetizing Alpena!

Visitor Info Click: Alpena



  1. Now that looks like a fun place….that’s one of the things I miss living in small town UP!

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