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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Guiseppe‘s Italian Grille

Kristi Kates - December 28th, 2009
Charlevoix’s Italian Connection
By Kristi Kates
Opened in December of 1998, Giuseppe’s Italian Grille transformed the previous building’s occupant - the American-cuisine restaurant Alexander’s - into an Italian restaurant, “something we thought the town would like,” says Giuseppe’s Robbin Moffat.
Over 10 years later, Giuseppe’s is still going strong, and is a favorite of both Charlevoix residents - where the restaurant resides on the outskirts, north of town - and Northern Michigan visitors alike.

“We are fortunate to still have many of the staff members that have been with us from almost the beginning,” Moffat says. This teamwork-slash-family philosophy has helped Giuseppe’s to become a place that guests know and enjoy, whether they are locals who know the employees personally, or summer returnees who are pleased to say hello to their favorite waitstaff person each year.
“Giuseppe’s really is a family restaurant, within the staff and the locals alike,” Moffat agrees.
With their main dining room in the center of the restaurant and a secondary window-enclosed porch overlooking the golf course, Giuseppe’s offers comfortable surroundings summer or winter.
“There is a gas fireplace in the bar area in the wintertime, and another gas fireplace on the porch,” Moffat points out.
The fireplaces add a nice ambiance, and of course warmth, the perfect complement to Giuseppe’s hearty, cold-weather-friendly menu.

Giuseppe’s did keep some of the American-cuisine influence from the previous restaurant - but their menu is all their own, and focuses more on the Italian menu items.
“We have a variety of entrees from pizza, steaks, fish, pastas and an abundance of appetizers,” Moffat enthuses, “our most popular items are the salmon, the prime rib, the lasagna and the Create-Your-Own-Pizza.”
As far as starters go, Giuseppe’s Breadsticks are nearly legendary, with the option of three sauces, marinara, alfredo, or creme cheese sauce, the latter of which is a local favorite. Fried Ravioli, Calimari, Farm-Raised Mussels, and a “Venetian Sampler” round out the appetizers menu.
Once you’ve added a salad or perhaps Giuseppe’s own homemade Chicken Gnocchi soup, you’ll be ready for your entree; highlights of the entree menu include lemon-bourbon Barbequed Sirloin Tips, Skewered Shrimp, Baked Salmon, Chicken Florentine, the vegetarian Pasta Giardino with artichokes, peppers, and angel-hair pasta, Manicotti, and those aforementioned “New World Pizzas.”
If you still have room, a rich range of desserts include Caramel Pecan Passion, Seven-Layer Chocolate Cake, Creme Puffs, Cannoli, and Giuseppe’s own “Sundae Shoppe.”
“Giuseppe’s is a great place to go for a quiet romantic dinner, or with a group of friends,” Moffat says, “with so many restaurants coming and going in our town, we seem to be very fortunate to still be able to serve our Charlevoix friends.”
Giuseppe’s Italian Grille is located at 757 Petoskey Avenue in Charlevoix; for hours of operation, visit their website at http://giuseppesitaliangrille.com, or telephone them at 231-547-2550.

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