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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The House that Doggs Built

Al Parker - December 1st, 2008
Sometimes the business world moves in mysterious ways.
For example, before launching his restaurant in Traverse City almost three years ago, House of Doggs (HOD) owner Nick McAllister eyed a sweet Union Street location that he was unable to nail down. So he opened HOD in a converted house near the east end of Front Street.
After a couple of years, McAllister was able to relocate – right to the site he had originally wanted for his popular hot dog palace.
“The move has worked out great,” says McAllister, who opened in the new location on June 4. “We’re right where we wanted to be and we even have eight convenient parking spots for customers in the rear.”
Like the former location, the new-and-improved House of Doggs reflects McAllister’s love of music and pays a not-so-subtle homage to the House of Blues. Guitars, record albums, posters and dozens of photos, plus an assortment of pop bottle caps, cover the walls and tabletops. Neon signs punctuate the scene, while a mélange of music videos play as customers enjoy their dogs.

“I had this huge music collection in the basement,” he explains. “And I wanted to use it to decorate the restaurant. Then we named the different hot dogs after the musical genres.”
The move gives HOD a lot more room – it now seats 45 – and made an expanded, more efficient kitchen possible. McAllister was able to add some new fryer items, including onion rings, which have proven very popular with customers.
The heart of the business remains the tasty lineup of dogs – premium Kent Viennas dressed in more than a dozen different ways.
In one quick swoop, McAllister slips a Kent Vienna into a fresh bun and slathers it with chili, onions and mustard. The result is a Motown – the most popular item on the HOD menu.
In addition to the Motown, other HOD favorites include:
• Rock, with chili, cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickle and onion.
• Country, with chili, ketchup, mustard, pickle and onion.
• R and B, with chili, sauerkraut, ketchup, mustard, pickle and onion.
• Reggae, with sauerkraut, pickle and mustard.
• Blues, with chili and cheese.
• Salsa, with chili, jalapeño, hot sauce, onion and celery salt.
• Jazz, with chili, fire mustard, hot sauce, jalapeño, banana pepper, onion and celery salt.
• Chicago, with tomato, pickle, onion, sport pepper, mustard and celery salt.
• Grand Funk, with Flint coney sauce, mustard and onions.

Also on the HOD menu are brats, burgers, loose coneys, tacos and chicken tenders, Greek and Caesar salads and wings.
“Summer was awesome,” recalls McAllister. “And now we’re offering specials every day.”
For example, Monday is two-for one Blues Dogs; Tuesday is two-for-the-price-of-one; Wednesday is half-off coneys; Thursday is buy a dog, get a drink; Friday is wear your HOD t-shirt and get free fries with the purchase of a dog.
“One of our best specials is Sundays when customers can get a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult combo,” says McAllister. “It’s a way we can help folks get value in these tough economic times.”

One highlight of the HOD summer was its ongoing dog-eating contest, when a Traverse City man walked in off the street and gobbled 17 dogs in an hour. It’s a record that still stands, but could be broken at any time.
“It’s an ongoing thing,” says McAllister, with a smile. “Anybody can walk in and challenge it. If they break the record, they get free dogs, a free t-shirt and their name on the plaque.”
A graphic artist, McAllister was living in Rockford, but grew weary of commuting to work in Battle Creek. He began dreaming about moving to Traverse City and opening a hot dog place. He even designed the logo and built the signage. When he was laid off from his job, McAllister figured the time was right to move.
“Our goal is to provide a clean, comfortable place for people to come in and enjoy a meal,” says McAllister. “We want to give everyone their favorite hot dog. That’s why we have so many different types on the menu.
Located at 120 S. Union Street, the House of Doggs is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (231) 922-1348.

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