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: Two weekends, two great feastivals

Rick Coates - September 7th, 2009
Rick Coates 9/7/09
Two Weekends
Two Great Festivals
There were skeptics that back-to-back weekends featuring a major wine festival and a beer festival with music and food both weekends would not work in Northern Michigan. After all, these weekends have always been a challenge in the tourism industry as college students are gone, families are preparing for the start of school, and several fall school sports and activities are well underway. Throw in a lagging economy and these events surely were doomed. But organizers of the Traverse City Wine and Art Festival and the Traverse City Microbrew and Music Festival proved all doubters wrong. Both weekends were “home runs” as thousands came out for both festivals.
There is already a buzz in the air for next year with plans underway by organizers to connect both festivals with a series of events during the week. Events being proposed range from beer and wine dinners, to cooking classes, to food, wine, beer, and even music workshops.
Event insiders were not shocked by their success. They have been working for years to pull off these types of festivals in Traverse City. They know that area residents and visitors are “hungry and thirsty” for this sort of thing. Unfortunately, some officials in Traverse City have been shortsighted when it has come to events that celebrate the region’s wine and beer industry. While some city leaders have encouraged these types of festivals, too many roadblocks were put up by others keeping these events from happening sooner downtown.
While downtown Traverse City probably benefitted residually from these events, the economic impact would have been far greater had they occurred right downtown.
Instead, developers Ray and Marsha Minervini stepped up to the plate and hosted both of these festivals at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons. The Minervinis are visionaries and quickly saw the benefits of both festivals to the community. They agreed to provide the lawn in front of Building 50 as the site. It proved to be the perfect venue.
The Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association and Porterhouse Productions are to be commended for the respective festivals. Both festivals were well-run, with plenty of friendly volunteers. Parking was not a problem. Even challenging weather on both weekends did not keep people away. Both events were essentially sold out and some breweries even ran out of beer.
Instead of viewing each other as competitors, organizers became collaborators and partners. They shared resources (tents, tables, chairs and a large portable stage), promoted each other, and both events celebrated some of the best things the region has to offer: great wines, beers, food, music and art.
Another success was that both festivals showed that major events with alcohol can take place without incident. This was always one of the concerns of some in Traverse City that events that celebrated the region’s wine and beer industries would have a negative undertone. The Traverse City Wine and Art Festival and The Traverse City Microbrew and Music Festival proved otherwise.
So expect both events to grow. Traverse City and Northern Michigan have built a reputation nationally as a “foodie,” wine, craftbrew, art and cultural destination. So cheers to festival organizers; a toast to you for taking a risk and knowing that Northern Michigan has been “thirsting” for this sort of thing. Can’t wait till next year.
--Rick Coates
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