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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Dudley‘s Deck

Kristi Kates - June 1st, 2009
Al Fresco Elegance on Dudley’s Deck

By Kristi Kates 6/1/09

1970 was the year in which Stafford Smith, founder of Stafford’s Hospitality (a chain of hotels/restaurants in the Petoskey/Harbor Springs/Boyne area), bought a small building in downtown Harbor Springs, converting the boathouse into an upscale dining room.
Given its location, “The Pier” was the obvious name for the rambling new fine dining venue, with its indoor dining room dubbed The Pointer Room (after the three “Pointer Boat” water taxis that ran between Harbor Springs and Harbor Point). The Wheelhouse Lounge and the more casual booth-bedecked Chart Room would soon follow, expanding The Pier to three separate dining areas.
In 1992, an outdoor dining area of The Pier was named “Dudley’s Deck,” after Dudley Marvin, president of Stafford’s Hospitality since 1985 - and it’s been a top-notch summer dining destination in Harbor Springs ever since.

Dudley’s Deck kicks off the summer by opening on Memorial Weekend each year with lunch and cocktail service, and typically begins dinner service the second week of June. General manager Jody Ewbank says there’s something for everyone, at a range of reasonable price points, on the Dudley’s Deck summer menu.
“The luncheon menu, served from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm, offers salads, soups, sandwiches, entrees and full cocktail service,” Ewbank says, “the average price for lunch is $8. Dinner service begins at 3:30 pm, and is open until 10 pm; our dinner service boasts a menu of whitefish, lake perch, all-natural beef steaks, top grade Ahi tuna, soups, salads, appetizers and desserts. The average entree price at dinner is $19, with sandwich selections as well.”
Along with all of these impressive food choices, you’ll also get the view from Dudley’s Deck - a bargain at any price, but an especially nice bonus with your meal. The Deck boasts a view of the Harbor Springs bay, the local marinas, and Harbor Point, and has been dubbed one of the top spots to watch the Harbor Springs 4th of July fireworks, with the Petoskey fireworks often viewable, as well. You’ll be comfortably seated just a couple of feet from the water, complete with an overhead awning protecting you from the sun, and ducks and geese attempting to get your attention waterside; and another fun view is of the chefs cooking your meal right in front of your eyes.
“All evening food offerings are cooked in the kitchen that’s right on Dudley’s Deck,” Ewbank explains.

Ewbank says she’s confident in both the 2009 summer season and in all of The Pier’s new menu choices, in spite of the current economy.
“Without lowering any standards or limiting menu items, we are confident that the structure of our menus and array of offerings will have something for everyone,” she says.
“We are offering an Early Classics menu, available beginning at 3:30 pm in the Wheelhouse Lounge and the Chart Room, for $12.95 including the salad bar. And our Executive Chef Laura Vaughan has added some wonderful new items to the menu, including phyllo wrapped pear and brie bites, a Canadian Walleye sandwich with lemon aioli, and the Land and Lakes duo of all-natural sirloin of beef, paired with Lake Superior Whitefish.”
You don’t even have to dress up for dinner on Dudley’s Deck, which is casual in nature, although the slightly dressier “resort casual” is preferred for the indoor dining rooms; but Dudley’s Deck itself got a fashionable makeover for summer 2009, and the restaurant has also opened a second outdoor dining option, the Pointer Patio, which brings the elegance of the Pointer Room outdoors
“We’re elated to have completed a remodeling project on Dudley’s Deck,” Ewbank enthuses, “we acquired new outdoor furniture - chairs and tables - new canvas awnings, directional signs, and landscaping. We’re really looking forward to the summer season.”

Dudley’s Deck is located behind The
Pier restaurant, waterside, at 102 East Bay Street in downtown Harbor Springs, telephone 231-526-6201, or visit them online at

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