La Becasse serves authentic French country fare in Burdickville in Leelanau County. The restaurant is a mere 30-minute scenic drive west of Traverse City, situated between Glen Arbor, Empire and Maple City. La Becasse is near the south side of Big Glen Lake. New to the restaurant’s menu this winter is a “bistro” section. In addition to the traditional menu, the bistro selections are more typically what you would find on the menu of a French bistro or brasserie. These more casual items are intended to satisfy a lighter appetite while staying true to La Becasse’s French concept.

Contact information:
9001 South Dunn’s Farm Rd. … (231) 334-3944 …

Here’s a map with directions between Glen Arbor and La Becasse:

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Please read this excerpt from Norm Wheeler’s story, “The perfection of La Becasse” which ran in the Glen Arbor Sun in July 2010:

“The selection of appetizers is so tantalizing that choosing is tough. There are duck pate, seared scallops, escargot, artisanal cheeses, or French gravlax with aquavit (my usual favorite), but the specials tonight are even more alluring. Onion pie? Crab cake? No, we guiltily go for the frog legs (our pond is full of big healthy croakers) and the pork rillettes. With the cracker-and-bread basket come the two lovely plates, and we are not disappointed. The pork rillettes arrive adorned with tiny pickles, blueberries and mission figs next to a hillock of Dijon mustard. The naughty, fatty pork is warm and earthy — you smell the woods where the truffle hunting pigs of France root and nose through rotting leaves, you hear their snorts and see their steaming, foetid breath. These flavors transport you to another continent.