Happy Hour

A weekly snapshot of Happy Hours around the region…


FireFly
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

Fred's
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.

MONEY'S PLATTE RIVER INN:
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.

BC LANES FAMILY ENTERTAIMENT CENTER:
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.

CHINA ONE:
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.

A&W:
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.

BIG BUCK BREWERY & STEAKHOUSE:
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.

THE NEW YORK RESTAURANT:
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.

EMPIRE VILLAGE INN: 
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.

JESPERSON'S:
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.
 
CUPPA JOE:
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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Arizona Steakhouse

Len Barnes - November 30th, 2006
At Arizona Steakhouse, beef is our business,” says owner Frank Saco on the restaurant’s website. “We age all of our beef to ensure tenderness and we also cook over hickory wood to give our beef a unique flavor and sear in all the natural juices. While other steak houses spend money on peanuts or memorabilia, we spend money on our food.”
Saco, 37, is an Iraq-born Chaldean Christian who came to the U.S. with his parents when he was two to escape Saddam Hussein’s government. Saco has worked with his older brother Nader, age 44, who runs White’s Steak-N-Ale in Kalkaska with lots of Middle Eastern cuisine. They settled first in the Detroit area and came north to the Grand Traverse area 23 years ago.
To attract children and families to the Arizona Steakhouse on M-72 in Williamsburg, Saco installed a 30-foot-long, 1,200-gallon fish tank separating the bar from the dining room. The tank is filled with over 300 exotic fish for a breathtaking backdrop to your meal.
The restaurant’s team has both a local and an international flavor. Chef Brian Ramsey previously worked at Shanty Creek, specializing in the cuisines of many cultures. Frank Saco is the youngest of nine children and has operated the Shell Mini-Mart next door to the Steakhouse for the last 12 years. His son Jeff greeted us when we went there for the prime rib dinner.
The prime rib buffet included fish, chicken, soup and salad at $22. I had the Bunkhouse rib-eye, also $22. Our server Duanne was very helpful and attentive.
Eight appetizers at lunch include wing dings and French onion soup at $5, and soup du jour at $2 per cup. Six lunch entrees range from house tossed salad at $5 to Sunset Chicken Salad at $8. The soup-salad bar is $7. There are six lunch entrees, from the Angus burger at $8 to top sirloin, $9, along with Middle Eastern sandwiches.
For dinner, seven appetizers are offered, ranging from Escargot Portabella at $9 to Arizona cheese bread at $6. Six entrees include half order BBQ ribs w/baked potato, $14, to grilled sirloin, $16, Arizona strip steak, $21, Rustlers Filet, $25, and Saloon Porterhouse with vegetable, baked and potato, $29.
Five Middle Eastern cuisine items run from chicken kabob, $14, to beef shish kebob, $9, and rack of lamb, $19. Six “From Rivers to Sea” items include whitefish, $14, to Apache Springs Perch, $19, or a pound of shrimp in beer batter or with cocktail sauce, $18. Crab legs and lobster tail are market price. Three pasta dishes include house made lasagna with vegetable, $14 and up. “From the Hen House” items include smoked southwestern grilled chicken with bacon, and Campfire Chicken at $16.
Friday night features all-you-can-eat perch while Saturday night offers all-you- can-eat prime rib at $22, including fries, soup and salad bar.
Cocktail-wise, Grey Goose Vodka martinis are $5.50, with Tanqueray martinis, $4.50.
Arizona Steakhouse is located at 9009 E. M-72 in Williamsburg, ph: 231-267-5020.


 
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