Happy Hour

A weekly snapshot of Happy Hours around the region…


FireFly
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

Fred's
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.

MONEY'S PLATTE RIVER INN:
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.

BC LANES FAMILY ENTERTAIMENT CENTER:
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.

CHINA ONE:
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.

A&W:
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.

BIG BUCK BREWERY & STEAKHOUSE:
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.

THE NEW YORK RESTAURANT:
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.

EMPIRE VILLAGE INN: 
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.

JESPERSON'S:
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.
 
CUPPA JOE:
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: Phil‘s on Front Chocolate Lounge/ MYNORTH Passion Brew Brew with Benefits

Rick Coates - February 8th, 2010
Phil’s On Front Chocolate Lounge
Chef Phil Murray has been on the cutting edge of the culinary scene in Northern Michigan for the past 25 years. His Window’s restaurant was a popular destination for years on West Grand Traverse Bay and while the entrées and service were always exceptional, so were the homemade confectionary creations.
A few years back he opened Chocolate Exotica in Traverse City, featuring an array of chocolates and desserts. Recently he opened Phil’s on Front (across from the State Theatre), and Murray has picked up right where he left off when he closed Windows.
The menu changes daily and Phil’s on Front is open seven days a week including for lunch. In addition to his restaurant, Murray also has a Chocolate Lounge that greets guests as they walk in. The Chocolate Lounge features assorted chocolate cocktails and handmade confectionary offerings from Chocolate Exotica as well as several signature desserts. If there is anyone out there who doesn’t like chocolate, there are always a couple of desserts available for you as well.
At the heart of Murray’s success are his personal philosophies on preparing food: “I put my personality and my passion into my food. The “giving” aspect is very important to me. And though I’ve been cooking professionally for nearly four decades now, my passion for what I do just keeps growing. New ideas and creativity are as strong as ever, as is my commitment to bringing people together for great food and fellowship.”
If you’re looking for a great place to take your sweetheart this weekend, Phil’s On Front should be on your short list. For a look at the menu (it changes daily) and pictures of the various chocolate offerings, go to philsonfront.com. --Rick Coates


MyNorth Passion Brew “Brew with Benefits”
MyNorth Media (Traverse Magazine) has partnered with area craftbreweries (Jolly Pumpkin, Right Brain Brewery, Short’s Brewing Company and North Peak Brewing Company) to create a special Valentine’s brew to benefit local food banks. Each brewery will use the same recipe to create a Warm Winter Brown Ale romantically and seasonally titled Passion Brew. Participating breweries will start offering this “Brew with Benefits” on tap Friday, February 12 and it will also be prominently featured at the Cherry Capital Winter WonderFest and Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival (see St. Valen-Libations article).
Passion Brew evolved out two years of Traverse Magazine profiling the microbrew industry in Northern Michigan. At the end of the series Right Brain Brewery proprietor Russ Springsteen approached MyNorth asking the question: “What could local breweries do to show their united front while benefiting an area charity?” Rachel North of MyNorth Media and Springsteen sat down and created the “Brew with Benefits” concept. Mid Country Malt Supply Company has donated the malt, and while each brewery will use the same recipe, brewmasters will offer their own interpretation of the Winter Brown Ale. “You will want to visit each brewery to taste what the brewmaster has come up with,” said North.
This is a great concept and comes at a time when area food pantries find their shelves empty. The cash proceeds will give them a much needed lift. It also points to the brotherhood (sisterhood) that exists between the local brewers. Visit participating breweries or check out mynorth.com to learn more or to read the articles in the series. --Rick Coates

 
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