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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Kristi Kates - August 17th, 2009
Two Cornichons in One: European Dining in Harbor Springs
By Kristi Kates 8/17/09

Diana and Ed Throckmorton had already conquered the antiques market in Harbor Springs with their L’Esprit Antiques, for which they’d spend many purchasing trips abroad. But whenever they returned to Northern Michigan, they found themselves missing the food experiences that they’d had in France - in their own words, “the perfect baguette, great patè, artisan cheese and such.”
The solution? Open their own European market and cafe, of course. It didn’t matter that the Throckmortons, in their own words, are more “lookers” than chefs - their antiquing experience combined with their willingness to try new things served them perfectly when putting together their new venture.

“I don’t know that I ever ‘learned’ my craft,” Diana Throckmorton says in reference to her cooking experience. “But my husband can tell you that when we go to Europe, the first thing I do is find where and when the weekly markets are in every little town. I love to go and look - and I buy way more than we can eat - the fresh fish just out of the sea, meats, vegetables, cheeses, olives - I want to be a ‘looker’ for a living,” she laughs. “I am not a great cook by any means; most of my friends are way more creative than I am. But I do like to offer to our customers the enjoyment and the simplicity of food, and the food artisans who live for what they create.”
With the original Cornichons European Market and Cafe - which opened next to the Harbor Springs Post Office in the downtown area in 2002 - the Throckmortons’ aim was to “offer the very finest in artisinal foods to our Northern Michigan community.”
First things first - the Throckmortons chose to bring in baguettes from Greg and his team at Crooked Tree Breadworks (“which even our French customers say rival those from France,” Throckmorton says.) Then, they consulted with the famed Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor, and were “further inspired,” as Throckmorton puts it, by their fellow artisans and retailers, from the aforementioned Breadworks to American Spoon Foods.
“We wanted to offer this artisinal foods philosophy to our community of offering the best quality ingredients and not compromising quality because of such elements as cost or time. This is an important goal; it’s like feeding our families or friends - if it’s not just right, it isn’t good enough.”

There’s plenty that’s “just right” at Cornichons, from their #1 perfectly-simple sandwich - the Parisienne, which features ham, Swiss cheese, Dijon mustard, and butter on a baguette - to more complex offerings.
Some of the most flavorful, interesting gourmet sandwiches include the Big Bertha, with London Broil roast beef, Applewood smoked bacon, mixed greens, and chipotle bleu cheese dressing on a Zingerman’s onion roll; the Oh! Henri, with proscuitto, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, tomato, and balsalmic vinaigrette on a baguette; the Tuscan, with ham, salami, provolone, parmesan cheese, tomato bruschetta, and vinaigrette on ciabatta bread; or their signature sandwich, the Cornichons, which features country pate, Dijon mustard, and cornichons (tiny pickles).
Cornichons also offers a range of fresh salads, from their Caesar and their Tuna Nicoise to their Big Fat Greek Salad, plus plenty of imported and domestic sodas, waters, and juices to go with your meal.
And if that still isn’t enough for you - no problem. The Throckmortons just opened Cornichons Two in June. The new cafe is a mere one block away from the original Cornichons (both restaurants are on State Street in the downtown area), where they’ve added, of course, more seating space, as well as breakfast and occasional grill specials.

“Cornichons Two is mostly a folly,” Throckmorton laughs. “We were trying to take the pressure off of the lines at the original Cornichons during the summer. It also made sense to gain a large kitchen, and since it is right down the block, we felt we could cook once for both locations.”
That’s not to say that both cafes are exactly the same, although the quality, the European theme, and of course the Throckmorton’s food philosophies all carry over.
“Cornichons Two offers an eclectic breakfast menu featuring local produce and meats, as well as U.S. and European cheeses,” Throckmorton explains, “the sandwich and salad menu are basically the same with some new items this year, and we will hopefully be offering a few limited grilled items such as a wild mushroom burger, a grilled cheese, and an awesome black bean and guacamole burger.”
While the emphasis at Cornichons for many years has been on the European aspect, the Throckmortons are now seeking out local artisan foods as well.
“Thank goodness the local movement has gained so much momentum,” Throckmorton enthuses, “Michigan and other parts of the U.S. now rival Europe in food and wine; we locals and resorters alike must support our Michigan growers.”
The Throckmortons have yet to determine if Cornichons Two will be a year-round dining destination, or just continue as a “summer folly” to supplement the original Cornichons European Market and Cafe. “Already, autumn and a trip somewhere is looking pretty good,” says the hard-working Throckmorton.
But the Throckmortons emphasize that they enjoy having their cafe be “an integral part of the Harbor Springs community.”
“Our earnest hope is that this is a place where members of our community can enjoy good food, try new items, see friends, and have a good time,” Throckmorton says, “most customers are old friends - but we especially like meeting new customers, and we always try to make them feel special.”

Cornichons European Market and Cafe is located at 248 State Street in Harbor Springs; Cornichons Two is located one block towards the water, also on State Street; telephone 231-242-0020.

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