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; Christmas Dinner/ Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival

Rick Coates - December 21st, 2009
Christmas Dinner
Bob Dylan was right, the times, they are a-changin’. It started with grocery stores offering pre-made holiday dinners years ago. You could pre-order dinner and simply warm it up and relax and enjoy the holidays. Many hotels for years have been offering meals during the holidays as well for the traveling public.
Now restaurants are joining in and with good reason. More and more families are on the go; and going out to dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day makes sense for many. As one friend told me “it takes the stress out of the day for us and it is less expensive.”
Several restaurants in the region are offering specials dining-out experiences on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. With the fresh blanket of snow, try the Aerie Restaurant at the top of the Grand Traverse Resort for fantastic views of the Traverse area. Chef Ted Cizma is a finalist for Chef of the Year by Chef Magazine and has taken the Resort to new culinary heights. They are offering a Christmas Day Buffet from Noon to 7 pm. The buffet features hot carving stations, with bourbon and peach marmalade glazed ham or horseradish crusted smoked sirloin. Desserts include a triple chocolate buche de noel, black forest cheesecake, raspberry kolacky and more. Reservations are suggested and may be made by calling 231-534-6800.
Stafford’s has long been the benchmark for service and fine dining in Northern Michigan and all of their dining establishments are offering holiday dining options. The beautiful Bay View Inn will host a Christmas Buffet from noon to 4:30 p.m. that will feature their famous crab stuffed whitefish. The Perry Hotel is hosting both a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Buffet. The Bay View and The Perry are both located in Petoskey and these historic buildings create the perfect setting for that Norman Rockwellian Christmas Dinner.
The Weathervane is Charlevoix and The Pier in Harbor Springs, both Stafford’s properties, will be open on Christmas Eve, with the Weathervane serving off their menu. Try the planked whitefish or the beef cake duo for dinner and their escargot for an appetizer. The Pier will offer a Christmas Eve Buffet with prime rib and a wonderful selection of holiday desserts. To see menus for all of the Stafford’s restaurants check out staffords.com. However you choose to enjoy Christmas, have a Merry one. --Rick Coates

Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival
A cold tasty brew has always been a great summertime thirst quencher, but how about on a frosty February night? The organizers of the Traverse City Microbrew & Music Festival from this past August are now offering a winter version of their event on February 12.
“After the success of the first-ever TC Microbrew & Music Festival this summer at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, we realized there was a great opportunity to bring the event back in the winter,” said Sam Porter of Porterhouse Productions, which produces the festival. “The Cherry Capital Winter WonderFest and Grand Traverse Resort are the perfect community partners for us to team up with to kick off Friday and support a weekend that draws thousands of visitors to our region.”
Tickets will go on sale December 21 and can be purchased at Oryana, Right Brain Brewery, Old Town Coffee, North Peak and the Resort’s Concierge Desk.
The TC Winter Microbrew & Music Festival will take place outdoors next to the Resort’s Clubhouse and on The Bear golf course. Guests will step out of the lodge into a winter wonderland featuring the main brew tent with live music from Euforquestra (pictured), an eight piece “Afro-Caribbean-Barnyard-Funk” dance band from Fort Collins, CO, the rockabilly honky-tonk of Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys, and the bagpipes and drum ensemble of GT Pipes and Drums. Bonfires and free sleigh rides will encircle a frozen winter pond surrounded by three tents showcasing dozens of craft breweries, local and national musicians and creative winter beer games. Activities, special events and prizes will be featured throughout the night.
The Grand Traverse Resort will offer a special weekend package and will host several activities in conjunction with the Cherry Capital Winter WonderFest. There will also be a free shuttle service from downtown Traverse City. Additional details may be found at tcbeerfest.com and www.winterwonderfest.org --Rick Coates

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