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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Rise & Shine with the Omelette Shoppe

Len Barnes - January 20th, 2005
When a restaurant is rated Traverse City’s best breakfast for at least 17 years in a row, you know it has entered the realm of local legend. Such is the case for the Omelette Shoppes, located in downtown Traverse City on Cass Street and at the Campus Plaza location across from the Civic Center.
“We serve the best omelettes in the world,” say owners Jack Lobdell and Scott Parkhurst, who bought the eateries in October 2003 from the man who founded them nearly 30 years ago, Dick Dell’Acqua.
“We serve only breakfast and lunch because we know what we are and what our identity is and that’s enough,” Parkhurst says. “That’s why we concentrate on those two meals exclusively. We want to improve on a good product served in an updated decor. One day we hope to open new places elsewhere.”
This is a restaurant filled with a sense of community. It’s always packed on Sunday with a bustling after-church crowd, and it’s the kind of place where locals bring their out-of-town visitors to get a glimpse of Traverse City’s inner life.
“People are glad to see that we have an Atkins menu,” says manager Lana Watkoski, who’s been at the eatery for 14 years. She says at least a fourth of her weekday customers order from the Atkins menu which includes four eggs scrambled with American cheese and six slices of bacon (3.9 carbs); and tuna salad with mixed greens, bacon, and mozzarella cheese (8.79 carbs), both $6.59.
Traditional breakfast favorites are served “any time, any day” with one of these items: toast, English muffin, bagel, croissant or seasonal fruit plus cinnamon roll. Four regular breakfasts include “The Meathead” with two eggs, hash browns, toast or buttermilk pancakes, bacon, ham or pork sausage at $6.29; “The Gloria” with two eggs, corned beef hash and homemade toast at $5.59; “The Edith” with one egg, hash browns and homemade toast at $3.59; and “The Archie” with two eggs, two buttermilk biscuits, sausage gravy, and bacon or pork sausage at $5.99 (add 89 cents per extra egg).
“Eggstraordinaire omelettes” are available with three-quarters of the egg yolk taken out, giving 75% less cholesterol and 80% less fat without losing flavor.
• Thirteen French omelettes are of original style with fresh natural ingredients inside a light, moist, fluffy shell. Following is a rundown on each omelette choice:
• The Western has cheddar, green pepper, onions and ham;
• The Denver has cheddar, green peppers, onions and bacon;
• The Chicago features a Windy City sauce, green peppers, onion, celery, green chilies, tomatoes, spices, bacon and cheddar;
• The German Potato is ham and onions, sauteed with potatoes in parsley butter, sour cream and chives;
• The Beef Fajita is seasoned beef with flame-roasted peppers and onions;
• The Greek has spinach, red onions, black olives and feta;
• The Northwest has corned beef hash, Swiss cheese and onions;
• The European has ham, asparagus, Swiss cheese, and Hollandaise.

Then there are the Italian style frittata omelettes:
• The Sicilian has Italian herbs, garlic, ham, mushrooms, green olives and Parmesan;
• The Florentine has spinach, red onions, garlic, bacon and Swiss cheese;
• The Mexican has spicy ground beef, garlic, green peppers, tomato, scallions, sweet onions topped with cheddar, salsa and chips.
If omelettes are not to your taste, the restaurant offers a variety of other choices, including Eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon, roasted red peppers on an English muffin topped with two poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce and fresh fruit at $6.99. Or, one could have buttermilk pancakes with Michigan maple syrup, $1.99 - $3.99; multigrain pancakes with sunflower seeds and walnuts at $4.09; oat bran French toast or a Belgian waffle, both $4.09. Side orders include hash browns, corned beef hash, pork sausage, ham, bacon, low fat turkey, and cherry pecan sausage.
For lunch, eight salads are available with toast, an English muffin, bagel or a croissant, including a Caesar at $5.99, cherry chicken, taco and fruit-nut at $6.99. Very good homemade soups include “Our famous” tomato basil with an eight grain roll. Eight sandwiches are served with fresh veggies or cole slaw, fruit or a Kosher pickle and corn chips. A half-pound Maxbauer hamburger runs for $5.29, with chicken salad on an eight-grain roll at $5.99 or a BLT at $6.29.
Through the years, the Omelette Shoppes have hosted virtually every resident in town, not to mention celebrities including former president Gerald Ford, Barbara Streisand and Robert Redford to name a few. With 30 employees ready and willing to refill coffee mugs, this is one restaurant that never lacks good service and a strong sense of community.
 
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