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.

Home · Articles · News · Dining · Salad lovers will relish Radish
. . . .

Salad lovers will relish Radish

Al Parker - July 14th, 2008
Cozily tucked along Traverse City’s rejuvenated Union Street, the newly-opened salad bar restaurant, Radish, is as unpretentious as a tee shirt and shorts - and just as comfortable.
Salads, soups and sweets are what you’ll find at this bustling little eatery that was opened in early May by mother-daughter owners Jacquie and Meagan Thomas.
“We wanted a place that served food that was simple and fresh,” explains Jacquie, a food service veteran of some 25 years. “I kept thinking about a salad bar and Traverse City didn’t have anything like this yet. We wanted something that was healthy, fast, fresh and nutritious.”
The response from Traverse City’s lunch bunch was immediate.
“Everyone’s been very satisfied,” says Meagan, who’s worked in the local food service industry for 13 years, including stints at North Peak and Schlotzsky’s.
“We’ve had a real positive response,” adds Jacquie. “For the first two weeks, we had people who ate here every single day. It was almost humbling at times.”

Radish takes the salad bar concept to a new level, routinely offering 60 to 70 items for diners to choose from. The cost of the salad is on a per pound basis, so customers are invited to fill their plates and then weigh their meal at the checkout.
There’s always 20 to 25 different veggies, including spring mix greens, romaine lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, carrots, bell peppers, onions, jicama, celery, peas, corn, artichokes, and snow peas.
Diners can also pick from four types of cheeses, including feta, bleu cheese, parmesan and cheddar, and four meats – roast beef, chicken, ham and turkey. Several types of dressings and toppings are available.
Of course, there are also the namesake radishes.
“Meagan came up with the name,” says Jacquie. “We were kicking names around and wanted something feisty and fresh that also denoted fast preparation. Meagan came up with Radish.”
A talented artist, Meagan also designed the eatery’s attractive green, black and magenta logo.
Each day Radish offers two tasty homemade soups, such as Pesto Mushroom Spinach Risotto, Black Bean Puree, Squash Bisque, Tomato Basil Bisque or Cauliflower Bisque.
“We always offer a vegetarian soup, usually a vegan soup,” explains Jacquie. “We hope to sort of follow the crops as to what our soups are. For example, this spring we offered a lot of asparagus soups.”

After enjoying soup and a hearty salad, you might want to try one of their desserts – they offer two to four each day. You might try a Haystack, a chocolate and peanut butter concoction topped with chow mein noodles. There’s also a hearty peanut butter and cream cheese tart.
At 408 S. Union, Radish is in the former Allure Salon building. The Thomases took over the site in March and spent some $150,000 knocking out walls and renovating the building to house their restaurant.
The result is an attractive, relaxing place that gives off a comfortable, if cozy, vibe. There’s seating for 12 inside and another dozen or so seats outside for those who prefer to munch their salads al fresco and watch the world go by on Union Street.

Radish is open Monday through
Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and
Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For a take out order, call 932-9330, fax an order to
932-9337, or email myradish.net.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5