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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The Brown Trout

Kristi Kates - November 9th, 2009
Catching Good Food at
The Brown Trout
By Kristi Kates 11/9/09

Built in the early 1930s as a reception hall, the Indian River restaurant known today as The Brown Trout went through several evolutions on its way to its current restaurant persona.
Going back, The Brown Trout was known as Bill’s Saloon and Rog Kar’s Saloon in the early days. In 1996, current owners Bill and Kathy Jones added a full-service kitchen and a patio to what was formerly just a bar. They preserved the interior design, only adding a “good luck” fish made out of small stones that was embedded into the fireplace, but revamped the entire exterior with a new foundation and log frame that perfectly suits its rustic Northern Michigan location.
“We offer casual up north dining for lunch and dinner, plus wine tastings on selected Thursdays, and entertainment on the weekends,” explains Bill Jones. “The price range varies from burgers and pizza in the $8-12 range; ribs, slow-cooked prime rib, steaks, whitefish, walleye, and cod in the $13-18 range, and our tenderloin with morel mushroom sauce at $25. We also feature Mexican menu items including burritos, fajitas, and taco salad.”
Indeed, The Brown Trout’s menu seems to offer a wide variety of dining choices, all anchored by the restaurant’s log-cabin feel.
“It represents Up North living at it’s best,” Jones beams.

A second look at the menu reveals that The Brown Trout also features their own “world famous soups,” including, of course, a smoked trout chowder, and also a creme of mushroom soup.
Other entrees of note include the “Shrimp Lenny” - shrimp stuff with crab and wrapped in bacon with hollandaise sauce; the portabella mushroom with seafood stuffing; the smokehouse burger with bbq sauce, cheddar, and bacon; and the spinach salad with bacon, water chestnuts, sliced egg, and Burt Lake Biscayne salad dressing.
Sandwiches are also available, from Monte Cristos to deep fried fish or prime rib deli sandwiches, and The Brown Trout also offers a full pizza menu.
“We work in a team environment with our kitchen staff to update our menus twice a year,” Jones explains, “everything is cooked from scratch.”

The Joneses also work to complement their American/Italian/Mexican cuisine with an entertainment, special services, and a special events schedule. In addition to wine tastings (call ahead for details), they are also one of the few restaurants in their region to offer dancing.
“Every Thursday is College Night, where students can show up and dance with our DJ Adam,” Jones says, “that has been a big hit for the past two and a half years; they show up from Gaylord, Onaway, and even St. Ignace.”
For the slightly older crowd, The Brown Trout offers their “Gen X Night” with 106 KHQ’s Tim Nixon spinning the tunes, with sounds of the ‘80s and ‘90s plus current pop hits from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
For those simply interested in good food, local Brown Trout customers can now acquire their lunch or dinner both in the restaurant itself, and right to their own front door.
“We offer free delivery in the Indian River area, and you can order online right from our web page,” Jones says.

The Brown Trout is located at 4653 South Straits Highway in Indian River, telephone 231-238-9441, or visit them online at www.thebrowntrout.com.

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