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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Stubbs Sweetwater Grill

Sandra Serra Bradshaw - October 19th, 2006
Stubb’s Sweetwater Grill keeps Northport local residents and visitors well fed and well watered as it has been doing for the last 13 years. Owners Darren and Meghan Hawley purchased what was once a simple tavern in 1994.  Since then, the couple have turned into a comfortably casual establishment with a charming northern ambiance and an affordable menu that features both local and international dishes.
Stubb’s is only a block from the Northport marina as you drive into town. Open for both lunch and dinner, guests can choose to be seated in either the front section -- dark and cozy -- or in-season, dine in the light and airy back porch.  
If you just wish to meet with friends sans dinner, Stubb’s is a great place for drinks at the bar and you may select their much sought-after tapas.  
Having dined there in every season, including after the Fourth of July fireworks (crazy, fun and hectic!) to late fall and winter when things are more laid back, Stubb’s always comes through with delicious food, well prepared and well-presented with excellent service.
For starters, try Stubb’s scrumptious Fried Manchego Cheese with imported olives and a spicy marinara sauce; or Thai Dragon Rolls, stuffed with Asian pork sausage and cabbage. For the seafood devotee, try Stubb’s Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels dressed over with a garlic, white wine, tomatoes and parsley sauce. Other appetizers include Coconut Shrimp; Roasted Tomato and Olive Crostini; and chicken quesadillas. 
On our last visit over a leisurely lunch, we delighted in shitake mushroom soup, a creamy delight served with oyster crackers along with Reuban sandwiches.  All of Stubb’s soups are made fresh daily.
“Starting this fall we have daily lunch specials,” said Meghan Hawley.  “For only $5 we offer a choice of sandwich or a hot entrée, beverage and a large yummy cookie.  You can cal ahead and carry out or dine in.”
Darren’s “Tavern Fare” selections include Jack’s burger –cooked to order – a one-half pound of grilled ground beef. Or try the Tavern Burger, Olive Burger or American Burger.  Jack’s is made with cracked pepper, fresh garlic and flamed with Jack Daniel’s whiskey.  The olive burger is served with imported olives and your choice of cheese.  Or opt for a simple basket of fish and chips or chicken fingers, or battered cod or chicken finger sandwich.  Tasty, too, is buttered noodles with parmesan cheese.
The Black Bean Vegetarian Burritos are popular and filling, served with grilled peppers, onions, rice, black beans and smothered with Monterey Jack cheese.  Or try crispy and tender beer-battered perch with French fries, coleslaw and the chef’s own Remoulade with lemon wedges.
Stubb’s also offers Sweetwater Specialties dining choices. My companion and I tried a nightly special, Chef Hawley’s Wild Mushroom Chicken.  We were completely delighted with the tender and moist grilled breast of chicken served with wild mushroom cream sauce over linguini with crisp yet tender veggies. 
At the higher-priced end of the menu (and nothing is priced over $25), is the Black Pepper and Garlic Crusted Delmonico Steak with shitake mushrooms – at 14 ounces maybe we will order that next time to split. Other menu entrees include Parmesan Crusted Whitefish, Five Spiced Ahi Tuna and Shitake Stir Fry, Canadian Snow Crabs, Potato Crusted Great Lakes Walleye, Sautéed Chicken with Prosciutto and Sage, Roasted Ducking, Eggplant Marinara, and Penne a la Vodka.
Local, national and imported wines are featured on Stubb’s wine list.  The local wines, priced between $21 and $28 per bottle, include Shady Lane’s Serenity, Leelanau Cellars Tall Ship Chardonnay Bowers Harbor’s “Unwooded” Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio, Gill’s Pier Sauvignon  Blanc and L. Mayby’s Fizz. The Hawley’s feature California wines. Four Vines “Naked” and Butterfield Station and Steele Chardonnay’s “California Curvee,” and Sierra Vista Fume Blanc. Or select Casa Silva Chardonnay from Chili. Domaine Wachua Gruner Veltiner, Austria and Villa Giada Moscato d’Asti from Italy.
Stubb’s Chef Hawley, said by many to perhaps be “Northern Michigan’s most unrecognized culinary artist” – perhaps due to the end-of-the-peninsula location of Northport. Hawley graduated from the Culinary Institute of Arts and came to Northport with what he says is a “modern, no-nonsense approach to American cooking.”  Stubb’s offers upscale catering as well and has served over 35,000 persons over the last six years.
“We are very proud to be here – so many restaurants close their doors after a few years.  We just keep putting our heads down, doing our job. Making our customers happy makes us happy,” Meghan said with a big smile. “We have a great team helping us too!”

Stubb’s Sweetwater Grille is located in downtown Northport at 115 Waukazoo.   Phone: 231 386-7611 web site:  www.stubbsrestaurant.com   Winter hrs from 11: A.M. to close, Tuesday – Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday during winter hours).  Open year ‘round for special catering events.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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