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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Betsie Bay Inn

Danielle Horvath - July 6th, 2009
Betsie Bay Inn Offers
Your Heart’s Desire in Frankfort

By Danielle Horvath 7/6/09

If you wish to linger over a freshly-prepared, globally-inspired dinner, stay for a weekend in a real Northern Michigan inn just blocks from the Big Lake; or are in need of a memorable place to hold that special event, the Betsie Bay Inn has it all.
Three years ago, Leslie and Geoff Perkins took on the daunting task of renovating the historic inn that had been a landmark in downtown Frankfort since 1867. It burned down in 1925, was rebuilt during the Depression, and renamed a few times over its long history.
Reborn as the Betsie Bay Inn, it offers the ultimate in northern comfort with an international flare.
“The demand for banquet and private party and wedding space was amazing,” Leslie says. “People came to us when we were working on it and asked us to provide that service. So we made those changes in our renovation plans.”

The Perkins have created three fine-dining restaurants and two large banquet rooms that can accommodate groups of 60 and 80. All 17 inn rooms have been renovated, some with spiral staircases, in-room hot tubs, saunas, steam showers, woodstoves, lofts and sweeping views of Betsie Bay and Lake Michigan. The choice for fine dining, accommodations, welcoming staff, Scottish flare and hospitality and attention to detail has earned it a fan base known as “The Inn Crowd.”
This summer, Chef Coburn McNayghton, an instructor at the Culinary Institute at NMC, brings international experience and variety that is reflected in the new menu, which will include French, Indian and Italian specialties.
Always with an emphasis on local and organic ingredients, dishes include their signature whitefish – either baked with pesto and Parmesan, broiled with citrus butter, white wine and lemon or sautéed in olive oil with a nutty cracker crust and served with rice and fresh in-season vegetable. From the authentic Fettucine Pescatora which includes shrimp, scallops, mussels, and capers, with olive oil and tomatoes, to their ever popular Seafood Creole - customers complained when they attempted to take it off the menu for the summer – to the Salmon Bridie -- literally a one-stop meal in a puff pastry -- to their luscious desserts and incredible presentation, the Betsie Bay Inn is a “must” stop.
“We have an awesome team this year and have some of the top students from the culinary institute coming on board and bringing energy, interest and enthusiasm,” Leslie says. Open daily for lunch as well as dinner, Bunty & JoJo’s and their Hotspur Bar are well known for their gourmet omelets, fresh corned beef hash, tasty appetizers, homemade crusty Sourdough bread, specialty sandwiches, and homemade French onion soup.

Located in downtown Frankfort, two blocks off the beach. Open daily 9am-9pm. call for reservations and information: 231-352-8090, or check out their website at http://www.betsiebayinn.com .

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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