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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A taste of Harbor Springs

Kristi Kates - September 21st, 2009
A Taste of Harbor Springs
Festival brings out foodies this week

By Kristi Kates 9/21/09

Many people enjoy what’s called a “tasting menu” at fine dining restaurants; a selection of dishes that represent the restaurant’s usual menu, but just in smaller portions so that you can try a little of several different things. Well, foodies, would you like three hours’ worth of tasting menus from some of Harbor Springs’ best restaurants? Then Saturday, September 26 is your lucky day.
Mary Ellen Hughes, proprietor of the popular ’50s-themed downtown restaurant and old-fashioned soda fountain Mary Ellen’s Place, founded the Taste of Harbor Springs back in September of 1994, in coordination with the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce. It’s both a season-spanning draw to downtown Harbor Springs, and an even bigger benefit to local residents who hope to become restaurant chefs someday.
“I was looking to create an event in the shoulder season,” Hughes explains, “but my other motive was to benefit two scholarships for the culinary arts. All businesses need trained staff, and they want the culinary arts scholarships to continue, the idea being to get people schooled, and hopefully they will return to our area someday. It’s my long-term goal. The participating restaurants are not graded or in competition with each other; it’s a community event for a good cause.”
The event takes place under two large tented areas on the Harbor Springs downtown waterfront from noon to 3 p.m.; it generally falls on a slightly different date each year as the event runs after Labor Day.

There are no other distracting activities, games, or lectures, besides some great music from the Harbor Springs Community Band; the focus is simply on food and more food. Each restaurant presents some of their most popular dishes, and one flat fee allows each foodie participant to attend the entire event and sample everything that appeals to them.
“We have hors d’oevres to soups, desserts, main courses; each person pays $20 to get in, and then can graze through for three hours,” Hughes says.
The participating restaurants are many of Harbor Springs’ most acclaimed. Hughes is still putting the finishing touches on the final schedule of participants, but she says that Stafford’s Pier, Turkey’s, The New York, Little Traverse Bay Golf Club, Tom’s Mom’s Cookies, Kilwin’s Chocolates, Boyne Highlands, Teddy Griffin’s Road House, American Spoon Foods, and, of course her, own Mary Ellen’s Place have never missed a year.
So you’d better bring your appetite along with that $20 bucks.
“With that many restaurants, a small amount of food is all you could have, and still manage to try everything,” Hughes says.

This year’s Taste of Harbor Springs takes place on September 26 from noon to 3 p.m. on the waterfront in downtown Harbor Springs; for more information, visit www.harborspringschamber.com.
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