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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Punzel‘s, Scandinavian Place

Len Barnes - February 16th, 2006
“It’s a frolic in fantasy,” Judy Hauser says of her gift shop and mini-eatery that celebrates all things Scandinavian. We went for a visit to Punzel’s Scandanavian Palace midway between Interlochen and Buckley, and as we drove into the parking lot we found the Scandinavian imprint on many signs: “Finns only... all others will be towed,” “Norwegians only,” Danes only,” “Germans only,”, “Swedes only” and “Troll inside.” You get the idea that everyone who visits gets to be Scandinavian for a day, no matter what their heritage.
Of Swedish descent, Hauser and her German-born husband bought the land here in the early 1970s for themselves and their two young boys, saying it was part of their heritage. She began sharing her love of all things Scandinavian in 1985 in a cottage next to her home on 90 acres. She invites all to “experience the sight, touch, tastes, smell and sounds of our ancestors.”
Hauser earned the nickname “Punzel” from her husband because of her long, braided blond hair when she opened the shop specializing in Scandinavian items in 1986. Punzel’s resembles a Swedish stuga (summer home) with blue shutters and flower boxes framing the windows of the one story red cedar building trimmed in white on wooded acres accessed by a footbridge.
The land surrounding Punzel is planted with flowers native to Scandinavia including a heart shaped garden, greenhouse and lingonberry plants. For many years on June 23, Punzel celebrated its annual mid-summer festival on St. John’s Eve with dancing around a maypole to live music, flower garlands for women and chicken dinner with guest bringing potluck dishes to pass.
Items for sale in her rambling five room shop include all things Scandinavian, from handcrafted Christmas ornaments to a room of trolls, children’s toys, handmade Norwegian sweaters, Swedish and Finnish pottery, cookbooks and fairytales. Visitors can also enjoy a typical Scandinavian smorgasbord (lunch) of kaffe and dooka (coffee and dessert) in the “Forest Grotto,” with homegrown herbs, edible flowers, open-faced sandwiches, Swedish pancakes and desserts including fruit soup and currant, raspberry, blackberry and elderberry juice.
Hauser has written a book called “The Legend of Punzel’s Pond,” a Scandinavian folk tale available in her store, sharing her “passion for respecting nature and honoring the bond between children and their grandparents.”

Punzel’s Scandinavian Palace is located at 8720 County Road 633 just north of Buckley and seven miles south of Interlochen/Grawn. Phone, 231-263-7427.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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