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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Reflects Bistro

Al Parker - November 16th, 2009
A Bistro to Reflect Upon
New hotel restaurant aims high
By Al Parker
“We’ve been definitely well received,” says a smiling Jack Buist as he pours a glass of Cambria Chardonnay and offers it to a visitor.
Buist is the general manager of Traverse City’s newest hotel, Cambria Suites, which opened in June. It recently hosted a grand opening that attracted some 400 visitors in three hours.
“It was really great that so many people stopped in to check us out,” says Buist, an Allegan native who’s been working in the Traverse City area hospitality scene for more than 25 years.
One of the new hotel’s most popular attractions is Reflect, a cozy and comfortable dining area done in earthy patterns of tan, brown and crimson. There’s seating for nine at the counter/bar area and ample room for dozens more at nearby tables. Assistant general manager Colleen Whittaker oversees the bistro’s staff of 12.
But it is Reflect’s menu that takes it way beyond the typical value-oriented hotel snack bar that all-too-often provides weary guests with a meager cold continental breakfast and a couple of pre-made sandwiches or salads for dinner.
Breakfast is served from 7 to 11 a.m. every day and includes a well-stocked hot breakfast buffet ($7.95). In addition to the usual breakfast fare, fresh-brewed estate-grown coffee by Wolfgang Puck or Numi Organic Tea is included with the buffet.

In fact, a full array of Wolfgang Puck specialty drinks are offered at Reflect’s barista bar, including espresso, caffe macchiato, café Americano, café con panna, cappuccino, latte, mocha, French roast, Italian roast, iced coffees, rich hot chocolates, and more. The beverages can be personalized with one of several flavored syrups.
“We also provide Wolfgang Puck coffee in all our guest rooms,” adds Buist.
Breakfast guests can get a cooked-to-order breakfast if they wish. Go ahead and order up two eggs, a side of thick-cut bacon or chicken apple sausage and griddled hash browns or fresh fruit ($8).
Or try a satisfying three egg omelet with your choice of fillings and served with bacon or sausage and hash browns or fresh fruit ($9). Waffle lovers will want to taste-test the Belgian waffle, topped with whipped cream, fresh strawberries, toasted pecans and maple syrup. It comes with bacon or sausage, hash browns or fresh fruit ($9).

Reflect closes after breakfast, but reopens at 5 p.m. with an impressive dinner selection, complete with appetizers such as Buffalo chicken tenders served with a spinach, cucumber and tomato salad ($9), spinach artichoke dip ($8.50), sun-dried tomato goat cheese with pesto crostini ($9) and an organic soup of the day ($5).
With its well-stocked bar, Reflect’s guests are invited to relax with a drink before or after dinner. During the 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour there are reduced food prices. “All our liquor is top shelf, no well drinks,” says Buist. “We have a nice selection of beers and wines, including local wines from Chateau Grand Traverse and Bower’s Harbor. Our local beers include Right Brain Brewery’s Pale Ale and Short’s Bellaire Brown.”
Reflect offers five popular salad choices – Caesar, pasta, Greek, southwestern chicken and house salad – ranging in price from $7.50 to $10.
Some popular entrees include griddled crab cakes served with a spinach corn salad ($14), penne pasta with lemon pepper crusted chicken in a garlic cream sauce ($12), and the classic cheeseburger, a half-pound of Angus beef topped with your favorite cheese, red onion, lettuce and tomato ($9). It’s served with cole slaw and baked terra chips.
Pizza fans will want to try the margarita pizza topped with fresh tomatoes, tangy sauce, basil and extra virgin olive oil ($12) or the grilled chicken pizza, featuring bacon, onion, tomato, asiago and mozzarella cheeses ($13).
“We also feature dinner specials each night,” notes Buist. “Either a special pasta, steak fajitas or shrimp Alfredo – they’ve all been well received.”
Top off the meal with a hefty slab of original cheesecake or chocolate truffle torte from the Cheesecake Factory bakery. There’s also an assortment of gelatos and sorbets, plus a granny apple caramel bar topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Desserts range from $5.50 to $7.50.
“There are so many wonderful restaurants in Traverse City that our guests have a lot of choices,” says Buist. “But people are finding out about us and it was a good summer. We expect next summer to be even better. People will know that we’re here.”

Located in the Cambria Suites at 255 Munson Ave., Reflect is a totally smoke-free facility and is open for breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. and for dinner 5 to 11 p.m. seven days a week. For more information call (866) 442-9846.

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