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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Coho Cafe

Danielle Horvath - August 10th, 2006
“I feel more like the chairman of the board than the new owner,” Steve Tebo says with a smile. “The customers and community are so vested in this business that they wanted to have a say in who the new owner was going to be. At first we were worried, but I think we passed the test!”
The Coho Café has been a downtown Frankfort mainstay for locals for several years, and a summer destination for tourists looking for quality Northern Michigan fare. Steve and his wife Kristin Glass purchased the Coho Café last year and have kept much of the same food and atmosphere that customers have grown to expect.
“We will make decisions based on what the people in the Frankfort area want, we hope to stay open longer each season if we can survive,” he says. “We know this is a favorite place for many and we will make changes a little at a time.”

From shellfish to halibut, the Coho Café is known for it’s variety of fresh fish for lunch and dinner and Tebo intends to keep it that way.
“We plan to keep it a true seafood restaurant, as the name says, we kept the old favorites and have added some new touches. We are introducing some new things that have been well received like our fish tacos for lunch and weekly fresh fish dinner specials. We’ve also added some of our own decorating touches but the ambience is the same.”
Tebo left the corporate world in Chicago to realize a dream he and Kristin had to relocate to Northern Michigan. They have had a “life long passion” for food, but no experience running a restaurant.
“I had the motivation, enthusiasm and commitment for a business of our own, but not as a cook,” he says. So he quit his job and went to culinary school and worked in a restaurant while still in Chicago to get some practical kitchen experience. “It uncovered in me a passion for cooking, and now I love to jump in the kitchen when I can. But I am no match for the real cooks; I am in awe of our chefs every day.”

Tebo brought chef Patrick Williams from Chicago to oversee the kitchen and create signature dishes that are getting rave reviews so far. From the pan-seared whitefish, marinated in lemon and herbs, to the almond-crusted salmon to the peppered NY strip steak to soups made from scratch to homemade crab cakes, all dishes are made with the freshest local ingredients available.
Kitchen manager Kari White has been with the restaurant almost since it began; it was her sister Kim Hensley that sold it to Tebo and Glass. “Kari is our rock; she knows the place inside out and is on the verge of becoming a great chef herself. We couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with,” Tebo says.
The Coho has a staff of 36 in the summer and many have been with the restaurant for several years. “Even though we’ve only been around a short time, it feels like we’ve known each other forever,” Tebo notes.

The Coho Café is open seven days a week in the summer, 11-2 for lunch and 5-9 for dinner. They feature a variety of local and imported wines and bottled and draft beer, plus daily drink specials. Lunches
run $4-$9 and dinners $7-$17, call
231-352-3474 for more information.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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