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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Tastemakers: Wellington Street Market - Kurry Guru/ Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

Rick Coates - August 3rd, 2009
Wellington Street Market
Kurry Guru
Rick Coates 8/3/09

Eric Patterson and Jennifer Blakeslee opened The Cooks House in Traverse
City 15 months ago and through hard work and word of mouth they have
created quite the buzz among foodies in the region. So last fall as the
economy was crumbling, they launched a second venture, the Wellington
Street Market (the former House of Doggs location next to Jack’s) right
around the corner from their Front Street location. The restaurant
business is tough during good economic times (50 percent of new
restaurants go under in the first year), so one had to wonder what the two
were thinking, opening up a second location during the most challenging
economic times since The Great Depression.
For Patterson, he sees the current economy as a reckoning of sorts with
the reality that bigger isn’t always better and sometimes big things come
in small packages. “Our goal is not to add more seats but to fill the
seats we have more often.”
This staying small concept has allowed them to focus on quality, along
with locally or Michigan-grown products. I have tasted their passion in
each and every bite at every meal I have had at The Cook’s House. So it
should come as no surprise that Wellington Street Market should be any
different. Patterson and Blakeslee have partnered with longtime foodie
Kristin Karam, who spent several years working in the local wine industry
and has been active teaching cooking classes at the Great Lakes Culinary
Institute. The menu at the Wellington Street Market consists of less than
20 items and has an Indian cuisine theme to it.
The Kurry Guru line up consists of an assortment of curry dishes. I chose
the Matar Paneer (Indian Cheese) along with a chicken kabob. All the
curries are served with basmati rice and pita bread. As Kristin prepared
the dish, she carried on conversations with those dining for lunch and
everyone was raving about their meals. After I finished mine, enjoying and
savoring every bite, I wondered if I would have to go to India to find a
better tasting curry dish. I left energized and thankful that in Northern
Michigan we are blessed to have so many passionate people in the
restaurant business, and certainly, The Wellington Street Market and The
Cook’s House are both right in the heart of it all.  Located at 115
Wellington Street in Traverse City, visit
wellingtonstreetmarket.blogspot.com to see the menu and call 231. 946.8702
for hours. ---Rick Coates

Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

On Saturday, August 22, the inaugural Traverse City Wine & Art Festival
will take place. Quite frankly this is long overdue.  Traverse City, and
for that matter, Northern Michigan, is one of the greatest places to live
in the United States and “cool places” need great events that celebrate
the culture of the community. With two world-class wine regions (Leelanau
Peninsula and Old Mission) in the area, it only makes sense to have a
major wine festival in Traverse City.
Festival organizers are working with area arts organizations and artists
to add a “cultural” component to the evening. Smart move as Northern
Michigan is a haven for artists, from visual to performing artists. Toss
in several local restaurants and this event -- while not quite the
Epicurean Classic (the popular fall foodie event has moved to southern
Michigan) -- the Traverse City Wine & Art Festival will serve as a tasty
“The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association is excited to be building a
major wine festival that will showcase the amazing wines of our region
against the beautiful backdrop of the Grand Traverse Commons. We feel that
the blend of art, food and wine is a natural combination that highlights
three things we do very well in Northwest Michigan,” said festival
chairperson Jaclyn Eikey.
In all, more than 20 plus wineries will participate, along with numerous
artists and an eclectic line-up of music headlined by Thom Jayne and the
Nomads, along with original dance performances from the Michigan Dance
Collective. The Traverse City Wine & Art Festival takes place August 22 in
front of Building 50 at the Grand Traverse Commons from 5 -10 p.m.
Additional information and advance tickets available at www.lpva.com
---Rick Coates

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