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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Tastemakers: Scovie‘s BLT - Starbucks Coffee Liqueur

Rick Coates - May 19th, 2005
Have you ever ord-ered a BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato) and wondered if they forgot the bacon? No worries at Scovie’s Gourmet Deli in Charlevoix. The BLT comes with one pound of bacon and it isn’t that bacon from one of those one-stop food service trucks. At Scovies they use smoked bacon from Plath’s in Rogers City. Now Plath’s has been around for 90 years and their smoked meats are among the best in Northern Michigan, and the fact that Scovie’s recognizes this says something to their commitment to quality ingredients.
Bread is another important component to a great BLT and while the choices include whole wheat and sourdough, try the pumpernickel rye. It is fresh and flavorful with the rye accenting the sandwich perfectly.
Scovie’s is located on the main drag through town and is just south of the drawbridge. Arrive early for lunch so that you might get a seat near the window to enjoy the view of Lake Charlevoix. Certainly the sandwich is filling enough but consider saving half of it for later and ordering a slice of their famous homemade carrot cake with dried Northern Michigan cherries. Adding to your experience will be some of the best service one will find in Northern Michigan.

It only makes sense that the most famous name in coffee partners up with one of the great distillers of all time. That’s exactly what Seattle-based Starbucks Coffee and Jim Beam, the famous bourbon guys from Kentucky, have done. Coffee liqueurs have been around for a long time, most notably Kahlua. While Kahlua is great, Starbucks Coffee Liqueur has a much stronger coffee taste to it (Kahlua softens the coffee flavor with hints of vanilla), and if you are a fan of the dark, strong and rich full flavored coffee from Starbucks, then this is for you.
At 20% alcohol (40 proof) this sips very nicely over rocks or chilled straight up. Obviously it goes great in coffee topped with whip cream, but don’t overlook the Mochatini. Take 1 part Starbucks Coffee Liqueur, 1/2 part DeKuyper Dark Crème de Cacao and 1 part ABSOLUT VANILLA Vodka and pour over ice, shake and strain in a martini glass rimmed with sugar and chocolate and drop in a couple of cherries.
As for pairing with food, this has chocolate written all over it. Take your favorite chocolate fudge sauce, warm, pour over a scoop of Moomers Vanilla Ice Cream and a chocolate brownie and then pour the Starbucks over the top. Now, don’t look for this product at your local Starbucks Coffee Shop, as it has alcohol in it. Instead ask for it at your favorite watering hole and pick up a bottle at your local liquor shop.
- Rick Coates
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