Martha's Leelanau TableIt’s one of those sunny days in Suttons Bay, MI, that makes you think spring is maybe half-way around the corner. Today I’m eating at Martha’s Leelanau Table. The restaurant is in an old-fashioned, red, re-purposed farmhouse. Inside it’s bright and airy, with walls painted yellow and statuettes of roosters are perched on the counter tops.

The RoosterI ordered the Happy Rooster, an open-faced sandwich layered with two eggs, applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes, pesto, arugula and topped with parmesan cheese on Italian sourdough. 

I crack the yoke on top of the sourdough and take a bite. It mixes with the pesto in a rich harmony. The pesto complements the conventional ingredients in an unconventional way. 

Martha's Leelanau Table Sunny DiningI take another bite, this time with the bacon, eggs and pesto all mashed together. First, I hear the crunch as I taste the bacon, then the yolk, pesto and sourdough. It’s crunchy and soft all at the same time. The dish is a classic here because of its twist; pesto compliments everything from pasta, to eggs, over-easy.

I sit back and bask in the warm light of the room. Satisfied.

Martha's Leelanau TableMartha’s has been a favorite gathering spot for friends, family, visitors, and regulars alike for over 10 years in Leelanau County. The restaurant features breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a full espresso bar, fine pastries and beer, and wine and cocktails. The breakfast menu is reasonably priced and the dinner menu features upscale, seafood options. 

Not to mention, Suttons Bay is a quaint town that you will want to explore.  As I walk around, I think about how as local businesses are closing their doors, it’s nice to go to a place like Sutton’s Bay, MI where a store like Enerdyne that sells telescopes and science equipment for kids and adults, can exist. Make sure to check out this town next time you are in Northern Michigan.