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 Cedar Rustic Inn

Nancy Krcek Allen - December 29th, 2008
As near as a hairdresser is to your ear, your stylist might slip in a word about his or her favorite place to dine and drink.
You should listen up.
Hairdresser Mark Lizenby, owner of Hair Force One in Traverse City, has been planting good words about the Cedar Rustic Inn in Cedar. Lizenby is one of many Leelanau County locals who have discovered Cedar’s secret treasure.
“Mark is here every other day, to eat dinner or for carry-out,” says Nikki Ackley, who with husband and chef, Aaron, runs the Cedar Rustic Inn in Cedar. “We didn’t expect local loyalty so early—local people are our bread and butter. We couldn’t make it without them.” said Nikki Ackley.
The Ackleys have an impressive resumé of restaurant and bar experience. Aaron, a four-year graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, has been in the restaurant business since 1989. He has worked at Art’s Tavern, La Senorita, the Homestead, the Casino, Boone’s Prime Time, the Village Inn and the Cove. “We wind up knowing everybody because we’ve worked in so many places,” says Aaron.
“I have bachelor’s in English,” says Nikki. “I tried to find a job teaching, but it didn’t work out, so I waitressed. It prepared me for now.”
Nikki is the restaurant’s front-of-the-house manager. “In the winter I work mostly weekends.” She spends time with the couple’s two children, Annabelle, 4, and Adrienne, 5 months. “In the summer I work full-time.”

The restaurant is a family affair in more ways than one. The Cedar Rustic Inn sits next to the award-winning Longview Winery owned by stepdad, Allan Eaker; Aaron’s mom, Linda Ackley-Eaker, has her foundry behind the restaurant. “My mother is a sculptor,” says Aaron, “She bought the old Eddie G’s in 2002 and thought she would turn it into a foundry and studio, possibly a gallery. But people kept suggesting she put in a breakfast-coffee shop.”
“We decided that a foundry front and center wasn’t the best use of this property,” says Aaron. Ackley-Eaker moved her foundry to make space for a restaurant. “My mom knew it was a long-time dream of mine. We bulldozed the old structure and in 2005 built this restaurant on the site. We opened for business in May 2006.”
Ackley is a happy chef even though he works 12-hour days. The Cedar Rustic Inn is open year-round. “You have to make a statement that says ‘we’re open, we’re here,’” says Ackley. “We live in town. I get to see my daughters and if I have to zip home I can. This is not like a regular job where you feel deprived.”
Chef Ackley is serious about food. “I’m a cook, always been a cook. My motto is ‘less more often’ so we make less food more often and it stays fresher. We hardly use anything boxed—all the sauces, soups and vegetables are homemade. We even make our own slaw and dressing.”
On Sunday the restaurant hosts two all-you-can-eat family style meals. Breakfast ($8.95) from 8 a.m. ‘til 12.30 p.m. complete with eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, ham, biscuits, sausage gravy, pancake and a beverage served at your table. From 1 p.m. ‘til 8 p.m. it’s a fried chicken dinner ($13.95), reminiscent of Frankenmuth, with cornbread, soup, coleslaw and macaroni salads, house-fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttered noodles, vegetables and a beverage.

With seating for 60 (28 on the patio in summer), the Cedar Rustic Inn offers a full bar.
Lunch is soup, eight sandwiches like the Dagwood with turkey, ham, corned beef topped with cheddar, Swiss and coleslaw ($6.95) and burgers and hotdogs like the charbroiled, Plevalean burger ($5.50); five lunch salads like the Caesar ($6.25) and “munchies” like French fries, onion rings and chili cheese fries.
Dinner offers salads and a perch sandwich ($7.50) or Cedar burger ($7.95); The Blanco Burrito ($11.95) and Tex-Mex tacos with beef ($10.95) or chicken ($11.25) that comes with Spanish rice, salsa and refried beans. Entrées include Hudson Valley Pot Roast ($13.50) with mashed potatoes and gravy, Grandma’s Chicken and Biscuits ($12.50), a stew of chicken breast and vegetables; and Mauna Loa Salmon ($15.95) broiled with pineapple and topped with macadamia nuts. Chef Ackley urges you to try his St. Louis Style Spareribs (half $14.50) that are “fall off the bone” tender.
Cedar Rustic Inn does carryout pizza from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Their Greek (12-inch $10) is topped with feta, tomatoes, olives and artichokes; the BBQ chicken pizza (12-inch $9.50) has grilled chicken and BBQ sauce.
“When my mom was looking at buying this corner (County Roads 643 and 651) a developer friend of hers said, ‘This location gets so much traffic—you’re on the corner of Main and Main,’” says Ackley. “I couldn’t think of a better location. We have two main north and south arterials. We draw from Empire, Northport, Leland, Maple City and Suttons Bay. It’s the center of the county—around thirteen miles from everywhere.”

Cedar Rustic Inn, 8699 Good Harbor Trail, Cedar - phone number 231-228-2282.

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