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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Kristi Kates - September 28th, 2009
By Kristi Kates 9/28/09

Owned and operated by the same family for a whopping 106 years, Jesperson’s Restaurant in downtown Petoskey is a Northern Michigan classic, and one that many generations of other families return to every year.
“We have four generations of some families dining with us every summer,” Jesperson’s co-owner Bill Fraser says, “our customers, in many cases, were introduced to our restaurant by their grandparents.”

Jesperson’s bright and friendly dining room, which seats around 65 people, includes another traditional feature, one that Fraser and his crew are most proud of.
“Our dining room includes an old-fashioned lunch counter with 14 soda fountain-style stools,” he explains, “people love to sit there and watch the goings-on of an old-fashioned restaurant.” That “old-fashioned” approach lends itself to more than just the decor. Founded in 1903 by Jorgen Jesperson, who arrived in Grand Rapids from Denmark to work for the railroad, and eventually made his way to Petoskey, Jesperson’s was taken over by Jorgen’s son, Robert Jesperson, who followed his father into the business and operated it until his retirement in 1969, when his daughter Bobbe took over. She was soon joined by Bill Fraser “in life and in business,” as he puts it, and they continue the operation together to this day.
“Our restaurant has evolved as a truly family restaurant,” Fraser says. “We treat our customers and our employees like family. Over the years, it has not been unusual for an employee to join us for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. We only serve the best food we can buy, cooked like your grandmother cooked it at her home; this way of doing business has become our lifestyle.”
Fraser says that Jesperson’s specialty really is homemade food – and that the term is not simply a cliché. “We make everything from scratch,” he emphasizes. “We serve a menu of soups, salad and sandwich type food that we make fresh from scratch every day. We roast the turkey breasts, make all our sandwich spreads, and make all our soups from scratch. One of our most unusual menu items is the Swiss Dill Sandwich, a sandwich spread made from grated Swiss cheese, chopped dill pickle and mayo, served grilled on Pumpernickel bread; this sandwich has a cult following and is a big seller.”
Jesperson’s is also pretty famous in Petoskey and beyond for their homemade pies, which have won many awards and have been featured in publications from the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News to the Chicago Tribune, Midwest Living, and the Los Angeles Times. Even Ernest Hemingway was a fan.
“Hemingway was a regular when he lived at Walloon Lake as a young man,” says Fraser, “and during the days of the MRA (Moral Re-Armament) on Mackinac Island, we were visited by many high-ranking officials from foreign countries; we’ve enjoyed the patronage of many corporate and political leaders, famous artists, musicians, and actors.”
Fraser won’t spill the beans on exactly who, though, as part of Jesperson’s appeal is respecting the famous folks’ privacy and allowing them to enjoy their old-fashioned meal in peace and quiet. But as far as local folk are concerned - the pies are waiting.

Jesperson’s Restaurant is located at
312 Howard Street in downtown Petoskey and will remain open through the Christmas holidays. They will close after New Year’s and reopen around May 1. Telephone

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