Happy Hour

A weekly snapshot of Happy Hours around the region…

Everyday, open-7 p.m., $1.75 highballs, $2.50 house chardonnay, $2.00 drafts, $1.00 off everything else.
310 Cass St., Traverse City

Sunday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m., $1 off all drinks.
422 North 5th St., Roscommon

Lulu's Bistro
Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., $3 wells, $2 off drafts, select $5 wines.
213 N. Bridge St., Bellaire

Boyne River Inn
Everyday, 3-6 p.m., 1/4 off drinks.
229 Water St., Boyne City
Rendezvous Lounge, Odawa Casino
Thursday & Friday, $2.25 domestic drafts, $3.25 well drinks, $3.25 house wine.
1760 Lears Rd., Petoskey

Choice Bits!

Round-the-region snapshots of the dining scene. 

RUTHIE'S CHICKEN & DAIRY TWIST: Roasted chicken and ice cream, malts and shakes.
201 N. Bridge Ln., Bellaire. 213­-533­-8538.

Practically an Up North institution, the place to find out the latest fishing or snowmobile news from the locals and visitors who gather for their hearty breakfasts, steaks, burgers, soup & salad bar, & homemade desserts.
10921 Main St., Honor. 231­ 352­6585.

When you've worked up an appetite from all the bowling and karaoke that Boyne City Lanes has to offer, you'll find a selection of hearty fare to choose from, including homemade soups & desserts. Cocktails are served at the Lanes,with live entertainment and glow ­bowling nights.
1199 West Boyne Road, 231-­582­-6353.

Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. Full Chinese menu, as well as Hunan & Szechuan entrees.  Daily specials, special combination plates,  a lunch & dinner All You Can Eat Buffet. 
616 S. Mitchell St., Cadillac, 231­-876­-8888.

Take a trip back to the '50s where chili dogs & frosted mugs of root beer are still served up by carhops at this All ­American institution. Elvis has been known to make an appearance during their annual summer “A&W Cruise Night” in August, as do cars from the 50’s and 60’s that we remember well.
At the bottom of the hill, 21 Lake St., Frankfort,  231-­352-­9021.

From Antler Ale to Wolverine Wheat, Big Buck specializes in microbrewed beers. Offering the usual beef and buffalo burgers, steaks, and ribs, plus more unusual fare, like their portabella sandwich with red onion marmalade and provolone cheese.
550 S. Wisconsin Avenue, Gaylord, 989­-732-­5781.

A refined atmosphere, subdued lighting, and an appetizing selection of epicurean treats awaits the diner at this Harbor Springs corner landmark. Menu selections range from their smoked whitefish ravioli appetizer to their Atlantic salmon, baked polenta and eggplant, tomato basil fettuccine, or filet mignon ­ and their brunches include one of the best versions of Eggs Benedict around.
101 State Street, downtown across from Bar Harbor, 231­-526-­1904.

Pool tables, a full bar, friendly service and a varied menu make the Village Inn popular with families and locals.  Dinners include Lamb Skewers, Blue Corn Enchiladas, Charbroiled Whitefish, Lasagna and Ribeye.  Also burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and pizza.  Lunch and Dinner.
Just north of the blinking light 116601 Lacorre Ave. on M­22,  Empire. 231-326­-5101.

One of Petoskey's first restaurants, Jesperson's is famous for homemade pies and fresh turkey. Breakfast and lunch.
312 Howard, Petoskey, 231­-347­-3601.
Located in Building 50, grilled panini's, soups, wraps, baked goods, specialty coffees and teas.
1200 W. 11th St., Traverse City, 231-­947­-7740.

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The Manor

Ross Boissoneau - June 27th, 2011
The Manor carries on a Glen Lake tradition
By Ross Boissoneau
The Manor. Sounds kind of stately, which it is. And kind of pretentious,
which it decidedly is not.
Overlooking Glen Lake beyond M-22, The Manor is both a testament to days
gone by and to today’s fine cuisine. A family heirloom, it looks toward
both the past and the future, with white table cloths and class, yes. But
there’s a decidedly welcoming, casual vibe to the place as well.
It starts with the setting among tall trees overlooking Little Glen Lake’s
southern shore. The porch, which runs the length of the restaurant, can
host drinks or dining.
Less pretentious by half than something like Mackinac Island’s Grand
Hotel, it nevertheless evokes thoughts of gracious accommodations of
yesteryear. First, there’s the Victorian architecture. Then there’s the
white table cloths and genteel atmosphere inside, not to mention the views
of the lake.
But this is still Leelanau County. Boaters are welcome to tie up at the
dock and come on in, or if they call ahead, they can have a meal delivered
right to the boat.

Owner Nancy Wright said the restaurant has been in her family since 1954.
The inn’s upstairs rooms are no longer in use, but she has refurbished the
dining area downstairs, including the main room and smaller private dining
areas. It reopened six years ago after several years of inactivity.
The veteran restaurant owner previously owned Le Bear on Glen Lake with
her partner Janet Niewold, as well as the restaurant on M-22 at the
Narrows on the north side of the Glen Lake bridge most familiar to
residents and visitors as the Dairy Bar.
But it’s the Manor that now has all her attention.
Now patrons can relax with a cocktail on the porch and watch the cars on
M-22 and the sparkling waves of Glen Lake beyond. Or they can partake of
salmon with maple sauce, whitefish almandine, steaks, and other dinner
As far as the dinners go, prices are not inexpensive, but they’re not
extreme. New York strip steak runs $28 and roast duck with plum sauce,
$26, while spring chicken is $18 and four-cheese ravioli with Alfredo
sauce is $16. That does include soup or salad, sorbet in between, and
The menu changes regularly, Wright says. “There’s always beef, chicken, a
couple fish, and a vegetarian selection,” she said.
The restaurant often hosts special gatherings, from rehearsal and
anniversary dinners to its own Chef on the Porch program, theme nights
(French, Polynesian), even a photography seminar complete with breakfast
and lunch.

To accommodate those who like to eat before 6 p.m., and who might like to
save a buck or two, the early bird specials are served from 4 to 6:
Broasted chicken, meatloaf, parmesan white fish with roll, soup or salad,
and vegetable.
Then there’s the Sunday brunch. Some restaurants offer breakfast and
dinner items for brunch, while others offer both as part of a buffet. At
the Manor, they do both. You order your entree, anything from blueberry
pancakes to prime rib, and then you can select from a variety of salads
and desserts. Oh, and don’t forget the champagne included in the price
(which varies from entree to entree).
As to the inn portion upstairs, don’t hold your breath waiting for it to
“There are 15 rooms upstairs. My parents ran it as a summer hotel,” Wright
But while it may look and sound romantic, Wright remembers it as anything
but. “Saturday was a horrible day. I had to clean the cottages and the
rooms. This way when the restaurant closes we’re done till tomorrow.”

The Manor on Glen Lake is located at 345 West Glenmere Road, (231)
334-0150. www.themanoronglenlake.com
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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