|A true Traverse City legend, Sleder's Family Tavern.|
Have you ever kissed a Moose? Well, in Traverse City you can!
|Traverse City's own neighborhood pub is a hit with locals and visitors alike.|
|To kiss the Sleder's moose or to not kiss the Sleder's moose.....|
As mentioned, the major tradition within this establishment is kissing a giant Moose head’s nose. Upon the completion of the kiss, the bartender will ring a massive bell, certain to rattle your senses for a moment or two. They even have “I kissed the moose” t-shirts. My advice……French kiss the Moose. Do I mean with tounge? No, I do not mean that. I mean trendy French kiss the Moose……and by that I mean kiss AT the Moose, much like trendy French ladies do….lean in, come close, make the kissing noise, but do NOT make contact with its nose. Trust me on this. Do not actually kiss the Moose. Or any of the other many stuffed creatures that line the walls at Sleder’s Family Tavern.
|Nobody does "bar food" better than Sleder's Family Tavern in Traverse City.|
|Nothing goes with good food better than good drinks!|
I admit that I am lying a bit with that statement. Basically, do not miss Bell's Oberon. Simple as that.
|Choose between Sleder's bar or their "formal" dining room that oozes history.|
Are you a fan of tavern fare? Then you will be a fan of Sleder’s!
The Sleder’s menu consists of some old tavern favorites, as well as a few surprises.
A seasoned steak salad tops the salad menu, surrounded by seven other leafy selections. Three different burritos and a “Super Nachos” round out a Mexican section of the menu, followed up by a “Just For Kids” section, consisting of kiddie favorites like grilled cheese, a burger, shrimp basket, chicken fingers and so on. The kid menu includes a soft drink, French fries, entrée and an ice cream treat, all for $5.95! A good deal by any standard!
|Gotta love Michigan beer!|
|Yup, Michigan beer!|
The dinner selections would be where Sleder’s Family Tavern begins to stray away from usual tavern fare. A pacific cod dinner, smelt basket (my favorite at this joint), New York Strip, Slabtown ribs plate and a cherry barbequed chicken up the ante a bit at Sleder’s. These dinners and their counterparts on the menu are priced from $12.95-$18.95. On Fridays, you can snag the “all you can eat” fish and smelt combo for $13.95. It comes complete with fries and your choice of coleslaw or cottage cheese. I love that little dish.
Finally, the break away from ordinary pub munchies is made complete with Sleder’s starters menu. Offered on this menu are things like deep fried cauliflower, baked brie and a spicy buffalo shrimp basket.
|Buy the "I kissed the Moose" shirt....just don't actually kiss the Moose.|
(All photos by Brooks Vanderbush)