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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Tastemakers: Matterhorn Grill dinner at Tastes of Black Star Farms

Rick Coates - October 5th, 2009
Matterhorn Grill Dinner at
TASTES of Black Star Farms
Rick Coates 10/5/09

When Black Star Farms decided to open a tasting operation (TASTES of Black Star Farms) at the Mercato in Building 50 (located at the Village of the Grand Traverse Commons) a few years ago, their focus was going to be on the eau de vies and distilled spirits they were making at their winery on the Leelanau Peninsula.
Yet, after opening and serving their award-winning fruit brandies, they were informed by the State of Michigan that it was not legal to serve the brandies at a location other than where they were being distilled for tasting purposes. In fact, they are not even allowed to sell the brandies at any other location except at the distillery and through the distribution system set up by the state (although boutique specialty products such as these find it a challenge to make their way into the state’s distribution network).
Black Star Farms could have easily folded up shop and closed their doors and been content with their Suttons Bay and Old Mission tasting operations. Instead, they decided to stay open and offer a unique dining experience -- Matterhorn Grill Dinners, a popular concept in several European countries.
This casual-style meal includes sausages, ham, apples, bread, potatoes and assorted vegetables grilled by the diners right at their table-top. Once the grilling is completed, melted Leelanau Cheese Company raclette is poured over the top. Diners may choose from three different tasting samples: the classic white that is recommended by the cheese makers, or the reds or a sweet wine tasting.
This is a great dining experience for couples or a group of couples. My wife and I enjoyed the experience and we look forward to going back with other couples in the future. We were well attended to throughout the evening by Karen and Kevin who blended the history of this European dining experience with the 10-year history of Black Star Farms. It was great to learn the story of this award-winning cheese from Anne and John Hoyt of the Leelanau Cheese Company (but I will save that for your own visit to TASTES) and about the cheesemakers expectations of this dinner and exactly how to melt the cheese to perfection.
Anne and John are right, even if you are a red wine drinker, the white wine sampler is the best pairing with this dinner. In particular, the Dry Riesling was perfect as Riesling is typically a great food-pairing wine.
Black Star Farms has a winner with this Matterhorn Grill Dinner. It is perfect for a romantic evening or a casual gathering with friends. Another bonus was the fruit tartlet (they have a great dessert menu) for two, paired with the raspberry port.
For additional details or to make reservations (suggested, as seating is very limited) check out www.blackstarfarms.com or call them at 231-944-1349. Matterhorn Dinners are available Thursday – Saturday evenings. --Rick Coates

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