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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Danielle Horvath - April 5th, 2010
4 Taste Fusion Bistro brings international flair to Interlochen
By Danielle Horvath
With an entrepreneurial spirit and what he hopes is a good hunch, Mike
Pugh has jumped into the Interlochen food scene by opening 4 Taste
Fusion Bistro last fall.
The former Grandma’s Kitchen location in the Interlochen Plaza has
been renovated, updated and reinvented into a corner bistro feeling
place with an international flair that features Asian, Italian, French
and American dishes. With soft lighting, student art on the walls, a
welcoming staff and a surprisingly diverse menu, it has an upscale
feel combined with neighborhood friendliness.
“I felt like the community and visitors would embrace a different
variety and so far the response has been great. The Asian dishes are
by far the most popular,” Pugh said.
The specialty Pad Thai with sautéed chicken, steak, shrimp or tofu,
has become the top choice for their growing list of returning
customers. All dishes are prepared from scratch, using fresh, local
ingredients when available. The menu varies from shrimp and scallop
scampi, to slow roasted pork prime rib, red snapper and ahi tuna, to a
hearty New York strip or eggplant involtini, and all can be topped off
with their luscious homemade crème brlé.
Just down the road from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Pugh has yet to
experience the summer business, and he is anticipating a busy season
and is anxious for the start. “The support from the community and
particularly the township has been great,” Pugh said, “We have a lot
of returning customers.”
Pugh envisions an upscale neighborhood bar with pub tables and TVs.
He’s waiting on a liquor license and has plans for a lounge tied in
with an adjoining banquet room.
Pugh was born and raised in Suttons Bay and worked in the Boone family
restaurants for 15 years. “I’ve done it all – bartend, cook, wait
tables, wash dishes, create menus,
and also was in sales for several years before that.”
After looking at locations in Kingsley and downtown TC, he decided on
the Interlochen corners spot because he sees it as a growing area, and
with the popularity and growth of other area restaurants including the
Hofbrau and Giovanni’s, he thought there might be room for more.
So far, it has been a lot of work. “It was an old building that needed
a lot of work to bring it up to code and to change it from the way it
was. I learned that whatever you think you need to put into something,
times it by two,” Pugh said with a chuckle.

4 Taste Fusion Bistro is open Mon-Fri 11-9, Sat 11-10 and Sun 12-9;
they feature weekday specials, with lunches in the $7-9 range and
dinners $10-17.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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