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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Dixie Saloon

C.J. Ray - May 31st, 2010
Dixie Picks:Saloon carries on a colorful tradition in Mackinaw City
By C.J. Ray
If you’re tired of fancy, gourmet fare and have a hankering for some down-home cookin’ like some tasty, finger-licken’ barbeque ribs, then you must stop in at the Dixie Saloon on Central Avenue in Mackinaw City.
The original Dixie Saloon was built in the late 1800s. It served as a brothel and a place where sailors could wet their whistle while docked in Mackinaw City. In 1914, it was designated as a landmark to signify the northernmost point of the Old Dixie Highway, running all the way to Florida from Northern Michigan.
The Dixie Highway was constructed to connect the deep south to Sault Ste Marie. Most “Michiganders” are familiar with the Dixie Highway, yet at some point, they must have wondered how a road in the midst of Yankee land came to bear such a seemingly misplaced name. Since the North won the Civil War, why did the victors name one of their principal motorways in honor of the region that started and then lost this terrible struggle? The answer actually does have something to do with the “War Between the States.” The year 1915 marked 50 years of peace between the north and the south, and so it was named the Dixie Highway.

Today’s Dixie Saloon is newly remodeled and has an atmosphere that is comfortable and inviting to the thousands of tourists passing through Mackinaw City. Antiques are scattered throughout, along with many flat screen TVs at every angle. The cedar structure is two stories tall, with an inviting, open-air interior, that spans both stories. Large cedar columns rise from floor to ceiling, framing a huge bar. Seating at the bar is an equestrian experience: the bar stools are made to imitate a saddle, they even have a horn to hold onto if needed.
Holding the saloon reins is manager Mark Beaubien. “We designed our menu to offer the best variety, and high quality food around,” he says. “Our goal is to provide the best customer service possible. We value our customers very much and provide a place for the public to go and have fun year round. We have something going on every night of the week.”
On Mondays you will find comic/acoustic singer, and songwriter, Mike Riddly onstage. Charley Reager, also a singer-songwriter, appears every Sunday. There’s also DJ dancing three nights a week with bands on some weekends.
And if you’re thirsty, the Dixie offers over 50 kinds of bottled beer and six beers on tap.

A look at their generous menu offers numerous choices, including steaks, pork, chicken, burgers, sandwiches, fish, salads and a kids menu with items at $4.99 and up. It’s a great place for a juicy Cowboy burger for $7.99, or catch the red-eye Reuben corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island sauce, all on marble rye bread at $8.99; or the all popular smoked whitefish dip $8.99. The Dixie also offers rotisserie chicken right off the spit $14. For dessert they tempt you with carrot cake, key lime pie, or a peanut butter bash pie for $2.99.
You must try a full slab of the famous Dixie BBQ ribs at $22. The ribs are juicy but not fatty, seasoned simply, with a tasty hint of smoke. A final slick of BBQ sauce glazed on top adds a note of sweetness and finger-licking messiness to their crisp exterior. The meat is fall-off-the-bone tender between the ribs. “You will definitely need extra napkins when digging into this tasty favorite”, Beaubien says.
Be sure to check out their upstairs dining. The second level seating offers a view of downtown Mackinaw City, and a priceless view of Lake Huron.

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