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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Tastesmakers: National Mustard Day/ Short‘s in a bottle

Rick Coates - July 27th, 2009
Tastesmakers: National Mustard Day/ Short‘s in a bottle
Rick Coates 7/27/09
National Mustard Day
Often referred to as the “king of condiments,” mustard now has its own day. Yes, the first Saturday in August is known as National Mustard Day. It was created in 1991 by the National Mustard Museum in Mount Horeb, WI, and yes, they have a big festival with a parade honoring this sandwich and sausage staple.
Of course, in California they believe mustard is deserving of more than one day, so 17 years ago the Napa Valley Mustard Festival was created and this two-month festival celebrates the all virtues of mustard. Brownwood Farms of Northern Michigan has done well at the World-Wide Mustard Competition held at the Napa Festival. They recently came away with a gold medal for their BBQ Mustard and a Silver Medal for their Famous Kream Mustard.
While Brownwood is making award-winning mustards they were not first in Northern Michigan. That honor probably goes to the J.L. Bech Company of Elk Rapids. The now defunct mustard maker was among the first in the region to make a stone-ground mustard. Others have since followed suit.
Besides Brownwood (look for their products all over Northern Michigan), Food For Thought near honor makes an Organic Cherry Honey Mustard that works well on sandwiches or for dipping pretzels.
Mustard is often paired with ketchup and served on burgers. While many put mustard and ketchup on hot dogs and bratwursts the typical rule is that only mustard is served on dogs and sausages.
French’s Yellow Mustard remains the number-one selling mustard in the United States but to really honor mustard on National Mustard Day (this Saturday, August 1) seek out locally-made mustards from Northern Michigan at local markets throughout the region or go to foodforthought.net and brownwoodfarms.com. --Rick Coates

Short’s in
a Bottle

Not everyone is downsizing during this recession. In fact, Joe Short and his Short’s Brewing Company based in Bellaire is showing tremendous growth. Since he launched seven years ago after battling with some who didn’t want his brewery in town Short’s has now earned international recognition for making quality craftbrews. His brewery and pub in Bellaire have become a major tourist attraction with hopheads traveling from all over to come and taste his wares.
When Short’s first open brews were available only on premise by the pint or by growler for take-home consumption but with such a demand for his beers, Mr. Short is now bottling them. He bought a large production facility north of Elk Rapids, added more staff, expanded his production capabilities and started bottling beer earlier this year at the new facility. Despite more than quadrupling his production, Short is still having difficulty keeping up with demand for his beers.
One of his best sellers on tap is Huma Lupalicious, named after the hop flower Humulus Lupulus, and has become a bestseller in the bottle. Short describes the India pale ale style beer this way: “A complex malt and hop theme park in your mouth with enormous amounts of hops which really seems like a punch in the face. This summertime thirst quencher with bitter and citrus notes pairs well with grilled seafood’s and poultry. Enjoy with a summer salad or simply enjoy this one all by itself. So when you hear bad things about the economy take a moment and head to Short’s Brewing Company because they have found the anti-economic-recession formula. or if a drive to Bellaire is not in order anytime soon seek out their beers at your favorite shops that sell beer.
--Rick Coates

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