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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A taste of the delicious Mideast at Zakey

Al Parker - December 15th, 2008
Restaurant owner Nabiel Musleh is a man on a mission.
“My goal is to provide the most delectable excellent Arabic food experience in Northern Michigan,” says the outgoing owner of Zakey, a cozy little eatery tucked behind Roy’s General Store at the intersection of Three Mile and Hammond roads, south of Traverse City.
A native of Jordan, Musleh came to this country as a teen to get an education. He accomplished that goal by earning three college degrees and soon forged a career of restaurant management. Over the years he worked for a number of restaurants, including Wendy’s, Taco Bell, TGIF, Red Lobster, Applebees, Perkins and Minerva’s.
“Growing up, I had eight brothers and three sisters,” says Musleh. “My Mom would be cooking in the kitchen all day long. When we all got together, it was a celebration.
In 2006, while working two jobs, Musleh ran a booth out of Folgarelli’s Import Food Market on Traverse City’s busy Front Street. Later he brought Middle Eastern fare to Minerva’s at the Park Place Hotel.
“I did Middle Eastern food at Minerva’s and the response was overwhelming,” he says. “I decided to fill the void for Middle Eastern food in Traverse City.”

Encouraged by his customers and inspired by his 10-year-old son, Adam, Musleh began looking for a location for his dream restaurant. He looked downtown and on 14th Street, but chose his current location because he could finance it without a bank loan.
It’s a cozy cottage restaurant with a colorful orange and teal interior. There’s seating for 20 to 30. In the spring he plans to offer outdoor dining on a small patio.
“I was told that people will seek you out and that’s been true,” says Musleh, who does all of the cooking at Zakey. “Business has been very good.”
Zakey, which means “delicious” in Arabic, opened in August and offers a full assortment of tasty Middle Eastern fare.
You might want to start with a three-piece order of spinach pies baked fresh daily ($3.99). Or sample the Middle Eastern Mazza plate featuring hummus, babba gonouge (mashed, baked eggplant with garlic, tahini and lemon juice), tabouli (cracked wheat mixed with fresh parsley, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, olive oil and lemon juice) and falafel (ground chick peas, parsley and sesame seeds that are quick-fried). It’s an impressive sample plate bargain at only $7.99
Salad lovers will want to try the Arabic salad filled with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and fresh mint tossed with olive oil and lemon juice ($4.99). Another traditional and tasty salad is made with fresh cucumber, yogurt, garlic and fresh mint ($4.99). A hearty Shawarma Salad features chicken or lamb piled on a bed of mixed greens and topped with tomatoes, cucumbers and tahini sauce ($6.99).

Many people may be familiar with such Middle Eastern staples as hummus, pita bread or tabouli. But there’s a whole array of unique dishes that Musleh is introducing to his customers.
For example, Zakey’s menu offers eight different sandwich selections, all with a Middle Eastern flavor. You might try a pocket wrapped shawarma of lamb or chicken marinated in spices, then broiled and served with onion, parsley and tahini sauce ($5.99). The shish kabob pita wrap has broiled lamb, tomatoes and onions in pita bread ($6.00). The shish tawook is a chicken version ($5.50), while the shish kafta is seasoned beef blended with parsley, onion and garlic that is hand rolled and broiled with tomatoes and onions in pita bread ($6.25). Add salad or fries for $1.99 more.
Dinner entrees at Zakey include stuffed grape leaves with ground lamb, rice, onion and spices ($9.95); roasted lamb that’s been marinated in olive oil, garlic and fresh lemon juice ($11.95); and mojadara, a rice pilaf cooked with lentils and topped with fresh sauteed onions ($7.95). The menu also includes a chicken entree that’s been marinated for 24-hours then slowly broiled ($10.95) and a combination platter of shish kafta, shish tawook and shish kabob ($13.99). All entrees come with pita bread, sauteed rice pilaf with ground lamb, almonds and pine nuts or a choice of two sides: cucumber salda, Arabic salad, fatoush, tabouli or vegetables of the day.
Dessert choices include a three-piece order of baklawa, rice pudding, tiramsu, ice cream and a daily dessert special.

Zakey is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m Monday through Saturday and is available for private parties. Takeout and Catering is available by calling (231) 946-4533. For more information go to www.zakeys.com.

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