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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Room with a View

Len Barnes - September 1st, 2005
Wander towards Lake Michigan, a block north of downtown Glen Arbor at the end of Lake Street, and you’ll find the new LeBear Club Luxury Spa along with the revitalized Windows at LeBear restaurant looking out on Sleeping Bear Bay’s boat launch.
This 40-person restaurant on Lake Michigan is white-walled with lots of glass and white-clothed tabletops, offering gorgeous vistas of a waterscape as far as the eye can see.
Executive Chef Randall Chamberlain, who came here from three years at the nearby Western Avenue Grill, presides under the supervision of restaurateur Phil Murray who owns Windows on Grand Traverse Bay between Traverse City and Suttons Bay, which he opened in 1986.
Chamberlain is featuring “American cuisine with a French-Creole influence... we call it inspired cuisine.” He gets most of his salad greens and vegetables fresh from local growers, meats from purveyors in Chicago and New York, and seafood from Boston and New York, as Murray does at the original Windows.
On our first visit about a week after the restaurant opened, we tried several appetizers from the eight listed, which included chilled gazpacho, $5, to barley stuffed quail, $13. We sampled the smoked whitefish paté at $8, which didn’t appeal to us, and the char-grilled lamb chops grilled to order (rare for us) at $11. On our second visit to LeBear, the appetizers included black bean andouille bisque, Cajun bbq shrimp,
duck liver mousse, baked escargot and whitefish patè.
My wife Ellen had the blue lump crab puffs in French bread -- very good -- while I had the house paté, a chicken liver mousse with jelly at $7. Also available were baked escargot and grilled sea scallops, $7 and $9 respectively.
Windows at LeBear offers nine entrees ranging from $34 to $42, including king salmon and sea scallops at $34 and Beef Wellington and lamb chops, both $41. Shellfish Provencal, Lobster Imperial or rack of lamb were among our choices on our second visit to the restaurant at $46.
We also enjoyed two salad choices and three desserts including a Napoleon or strawberry pastry puff at $7, or dark chocolate mousse Olivia at $7.50, which we have had at Windows on other occasions.
For those who enjoy cocktails, the Ketle One Vodka and Tanqueray martinis at $8 were large, with wine by the glass at $7 to $12.50. Our server Andrea was very attentive, along with five others staffing the bar, dining room and kitchen.
We’ve been dining at the Grand Traverse Windows since the mid -’80s when it was awarded AAA Three Diamonds. Windows has also been voted “Best Gourmet,” “Best Place to Splurge,” and other honors by Northern Express readers a number of times. Windows at LeBear should soon begin to get similar accolades.

Located at 5705 Lake Street in Glen Arbor, the restaurant is open 5-9 p.m. daily. Ph. 231-334-2530.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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