What's that delicious smell wafting through the streets of Traverse City?
The international fare available at Xylo Bistro
, of course.
Matt Walheim, 52, recently opened the doors to this boutique restaurant, which features an extensive carry-out menu chocked full of mouth-watering items. Deli sandwiches piled high, foccacia pizzas, salads and, yes, even two-foot subs--many items which Walheim perfected as the owner of the Silvertree Deli and Gourmet Market. Local items such as Northwoods Soda and syrups as well as High Grounds and Leelanau Roasting coffee can be found on the menu as well.
Xylo also has a great selection of desserts and pastries made by past chef Magdalena Bagi, who is known locally for her covered wagons pastries that have made several "best of" lists over the years.
But, that's not all. When dinner time rolls around, dishes such as Chicken Paprikash, Thai Noodles, Shrimp Saganaki, Tilapia Tosca, Steak Strips in a Citrus Buerre Blanc and The Frikendel Special come out to play, all to the delight of diners who have already discovered the new location.
"Basically, I put on the menu items I have had and liked over my years of working and traveling," says Walheim.
Customers who visit Xylo can expect a relaxed atmosphere with a knowledgeable and friendly staff that isn't afraid to showcase a tie-dyed shirt and talk about the various pieces of art on the wall, which is local and changes periodically.
Currently, Xylo has 15 employees and is open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. during the week and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. They are only open Sundays seasonally, including now until after the peak Summer months.
The best way to find them? Head to the Right Brain Brewery
, have a brew or two, and then stop by right next door (in the same building) and grab a bite to eat. Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Matt Walheim, Xylo