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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Take a break at Breakers in Topinbee

C.J.Ray - January 18th, 2010
Take a Break at Breakers in Topinabee
By C.J. Ray
At the crossroads of good times and good food, sits a rustic, lakeside tavern loaded with history, dating back to 1940. The Breakers Bar & Grill sits across the street from Mullet Lake in the small town of Topinabee. Antique photographs from the area cover the knotty pine walls.
“The Breakers is a local watering hole for everybody,” says owner Derrick Schittekat. “It’s gone through several changes since the 1940s. The horseshoe bar, and kitchen were added a few years ago, and we just finished our exterior patio, offering outdoor dining with a spectacular view of beautiful Mullet Lake.”
The Breakers draws boaters in the summer with its long private dock, and snowmobiles during winter with easy access from the trail running along Straits Highway. “We are about 100 feet off the trail that runs through Topinabee, and we even get an occasional plane that lands on the frozen lake in the winter,” Schittekat says.

“We offer the area’s best pizza starting at $7.99, house made soup, and Breakers chili, shrimp, fish, and chicken,” Schittekat says. “Corned beef, turkey, and pastrami sandwiches, pitas, and the famous Breakers burger. Our meat is fresh, and of the highest quality possible. The olive burger is a favorite of most, although our pizzas are gaining strength in popularity.”
Breakers has plenty of snacks and starters, like buffalo wings with a spicy hot BBQ sauce at $7.99. Buffalo shrimp jammers at $6.50, or con queso dip with chips $5.99. Enjoy the famous Breakers burger starting at $4.75, or the ‘Shamrock’ -- pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and 1000 Island dressing served on an onion roll at $5.99.
On the lighter side, Big Al’s pita is filled with diced chicken tenders, lettuce, tomato, mayo and Swiss at $6.25. You will also find a kids menu for 12 and under starting at $4.50.
Wet your whistle at the bar with domestic and imported beers and a huge selection of spirits. If you’re really thirsty, try the 60 oz. margarita in strawberry, raspberry or mango flavors, or the traditional sweet & sour.
Breaker’s prides itself on its customer service.
“We try to create a down-home kind of atmosphere, where everybody is comfortable, like the old TV show ‘Cheers’, where you would expect to see Norm sitting at the end of the bar holding a mug of beer,” Schittekat says. “Also new, is the soup & salad bar, and daily lunch specials. We have more plans for expansion in the near future. We are currently adding a large, full-service kitchen that will allow us to add many more items to our menu, and someday we plan to add a second story to the existing building”.
You can also enjoy your favorite sports game on one of 15 TVs, challenge your skills in a game of pool, and enjoy live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night. Breakers also offers a few arcade games for the young and the young at heart.

For good food and drink, where everybody is welcome, stop in at the Breakers located at 967 N. Straits Hwy., Topinabee. You can also visit them at www.breakersbar.com or call (231) 238-0108. For more restaurant reviews by C.J. Ray, visit www.purenorthernmichigan.com.

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