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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All roads lead to Roma... a new home for a Northern Michigan Tradition

Mary Bevans Gillett - June 9th, 2005
The home is new but the food is comfortably familiar at Roma Italian Restaurant. Located in the new Parkway Plaza across from the Bayshore Resort, the eatery features favorite Italian dishes in an open, airy dining room.
Roma has been a Traverse City staple since Ennio and Carmela Iadeluca  and Ennio’s brother Vinnie opened their tiny Italian restaurant near Northwestern  Michigan College in 1975.   A 10-year-old Phil Iadeluca began learning the family business when the doors first opened, and continued honing his skills on Roma’s loyal following for close to 30 years. 
Phil took over the reins from his parents eight years ago, and began dreaming of a move to larger quarters. His wish became reality on March 26 when the “new” Roma opened for business.  The new facility is three times the size as the original, with seating capacity at 110 seats in the window-filled dining room.  During the summer, patio seating will be available outdoors.  Most notably, the restaurant’s newly acquired liquor license made way for wine glasses on the tables and a comfortable bar filling one side of the space.

“We really wanted a liquor license,” Iadeluca said.  “Many of our customers wanted wine with dinner…now we’re able to do it.”
The full bar features a wine list with labels from California,  Italy, Orgeon and Chile.  Chateau Grand Traverse Late Harvest Riesling tops the list of local wines.  The bar remains open until midnight every night except Sundays, two hours after meal service ends.
Roma earned its reputation with
signature Italian dishes like baked mostaccioli, ravioli, spaghetti, gnocchi, cannelloni and manicotti.  Traditional favorites include chicken scaloppini, veal parmigiana and veal scaloppini.  All continue to be showcased on the new menu.  Pizzas are a signature item, with toppings ranging from traditional to unique, including options like artichokes, pineapple, spinach, feta and chicken strips.  Newer choices include several seafood entrees like tuna steak and linguine with shrimp and scallops.  Salads range from traditional antipasto, to cold pasta with Kalamata olive dressing and grilled salads of fresh romaine with grilled chicken, steak or shrimp.  Minestrone is served daily.

Children are always welcome at Roma’s.  The children’s menu includes smaller portions of many Roma favorites like mostaccioli, ravioli and spaghetti.  Sunday brunch is also a local favorite.  
Iadeluca plans to introduce weekly specials and new entrees featuring fresh fish and seasonal specialties as the venue settles.  So far, he’s pleased with Roma’s first two months progress. 
“We took a chance,” he said.  “But it certainly feels good…and the response has been great.”

Roma Italian Restaurant is located at 830 East Front Street in Traverse  City.  Restaurant hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Mondays-Saturdays (bar stays open until midnight)  and 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sundays.  Reservations are requested for groups of eight or more.  Carryout is available.  231-946-6710. 

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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