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:Backwoods Pretzels/Paddy Old Irish Whiskey

Rick Coates - March 15th, 2010
Backwoods Pretzels
Parallel 45 Enterprises launched in 2006 when good friends Gene Van Koevering and Jerry Timmer decided to go into business together to package and sell a pretzel snack that Van Koevering and his wife would bring to parties. That popular party pretzel recipe would become Uncle Gene’s Backwoods Pretzels Garlic-Dill, available at stores throughout Northern Michigan.
The pretzels literally flew off retail shelves leading the partners to develop other flavors. They now have four, including Cherry Chipotle, Cinnamon Sugar and Buffalo Wing. The new brands also have found a fan base in the region. “We always have at least two flavors on hand at Right Brain Brewery,” said Russ Springsteen. “These pretzels pack a lot of flavor and our patrons love them.”
At first the partners were able to package the pretzels locally but demand forced them to have production and packaging moved down state. They are currently looking at moving the whole production and packaging operation to Northern Michigan soon. While production may be downstate, the distribution end of the operation takes place out of Traverse City and equally important the research and development of future products also takes place in Northern Michigan.
Packaging is currently in seven ounce bags as well as two ounce snack bags, though these tasty treats don’t stick around long so if there is more than one person around either hide your snack bag or be sure to buy the larger bag.
So what flavor is next? The partners are not saying right now as it is still in development, but after the release of four successful flavors this next flavor is sure to be a big hit. Rating: 5-Crunches, find Uncle Gene’s Backwoods Pretzels at retailers and pubs around, Northern Michigan, for a list go to www.parallel45enterprisesinc.vpweb.com. --Rick Coates

Paddy Old Irish Whiskey
There is no shortage of great Irish whiskey in the United States: Jameson’s, Bushmill’s, John Power, Knappogue Castle and Red Breast have all been featured in past Bottom’s Up columns. So is there such a thing as too many Irish whiskeys? Not if you ask an Irishman; his response would be “too many Irish whiskeys is a contradiction in terms.”
While Irish whiskey enthusiasts in the United States have enjoyed the more than 20 brands available, there has been one particular bottle they have been asking for that has not been available in the states until just a couple of weeks ago. Paddy Old Irish Whiskey is currently available only in liter bottles. As such, it won’t win any awards for its label (looks don’t count anyway -- after all John Power has a pretty plain looking label but is, dollar for dollar one of the best Irish whiskeys available).
Paddy Old Irish Whiskey was first distilled in 1779 and sold under the name “Cork Distilleries Company Old Irish Whiskey.” The name changed when Paddy Flaherty joined the company in 1881 and quickly became the number one salesman. He was a larger than life character who became famous in his native country and over time, Paddy became synonymous with the whiskey and connoisseurs began writing to the distillery asking for another case of “Paddy’s whiskey.” Despite frequent differences of opinion with his employers concerning his unconventional sales techniques (drinking his customers under the table to get them to buy more), the “Paddy whiskey” name stuck so much so that in 1912, the distillery owners bowed to public pressure and officially changed the name to “Paddy Old Irish Whiskey.” The triple distillation process combined with the finest Irish barley and Irish spring water results in a smooth sipping Irish whiskey that may be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or with your favorite mixer. Paddy Old Irish Whiskey is now available in Northern Michigan, Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Sláinte. --Rick Coates

 
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