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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Marlin‘s House of Brews

Danielle Horvath - August 16th, 2007
Can a coffee shop survive in a small tourist town in Northern Michigan? That was the question Cortney Miller-Lamb and her family asked themselves and anyone who would listen when they were thinking about opening one. That was four years ago; fast-forward to now and she would give you a resounding “Yes!”
“The response has been huge, more than I ever would have imagined!” Miller-Lamb said, regarding the opening of Marlins House of Brews in downtown Frankfort in 2003. “Coffee drinkers are a very loyal bunch and even though the winters are challenging, we knew when we started that we would be open year around. The tourists support us in the summer of course, but it’s the locals that keep us here.”
With Wi-Fi service, free-of-charge computers for use around comfy couches, a full array of coffee house choices, and a view of Betsie Bay across the street, Marlins has become a popular place to come and relax. The friendly staff has gotten to know “the regulars” and during slow times, people can pull up out front and they will have their drink ready to go.

Miller-Lamb and her family are familiar faces in the Frankfort area. She worked at the Coho Café for seven years and her husband Andrew is the owner of A. Papanos in Frankfort. Although Miller-Lamb has a teaching degree from Grand Valley, she soon realized the job market in the Traverse City area was limited, and she had waitress and restaurant experience.
“There were no jobs, and I come from a big Greek family who do everything together. And since my Aunt Andrea owned the building, it was a natural for us to combine forces and start a business.” Her grandfather, Tom Metes is a long-time resident and was the driving force behind her coffee shop idea.
Marlins House of Brews showcases local artists, including a student art exhibit during the school year. It also has an eclectic selection of music to go along with the laid-back atmosphere. The business is even more creative in the fall and winter months by hosting a hugely popular Halloween party, along with karaoke and game nights. They may offer music or other entertainment this year.
Marlins House of Brews is open seven days a week in the summer, 8 am – 4 pm, and weekends may be later. Hours decrease in the winter and seasonal selections like homemade soup and flavored hot chocolates are added. Located at 429 Main Street, contact them at 231-352-7168.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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