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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Trout Town Country Cafe

Al Parker - December 21st, 2009
Fishing for Comfort at the
Trout Town Country Café
By Al Parker
It’s mid-morning, mid-week in mid-November and the Trout Town Country
Café is jammed with a combination of lingering regulars and hungry
deer hunters swapping tales, telling jokes and savoring a hot cup of
“It’s usually pretty busy here in the morning with our regulars and
during hunting season we get hunters in about 10:30 or so after their
morning hunt,” says owner Dan Bloomquist who got his start in the
restaurant business as a 15-year-old with the unglamorous duty of
washing dishes at the Manistee Lake Resort more than two decades ago.
Now the Forest Area High School grad owns and operates the comfortable
north woods eatery, serving up cordiality, coffee and comfort food to
Kalkaska diners.
“I always wanted to have my own place,” said the affable Bloomquist
who opened his restaurant in 2006 in a building that formerly housed
two other eateries - Grumpy’s Diner and the Sunrise Cafe.
Before opening, Bloomquist remodeled the place, putting new siding
outside and fresh rough-cut knotty pine paneling inside. Mounted fish,
nets, bobbins, framed fishing prints and angling gear decorate the
walls. The tables are protected by vinyl covers adorned with patterns
of wet and dry flies. Just-bright-enough overhead lighting comes from
stained glass lamps featuring outdoor and fishing scenes.
The vibe is Up North, outdoorsy and as comfortable as a favorite t-shirt.

After his high school graduation, Bloomquist headed downstate where he
worked in the restaurant business for more than a decade. All along he
missed the cool air and shady pines of Northern Michigan.
By running his own place, Bloomquist has crafted a menu designed to
offer “meat and potatoes” at fair prices. For example, breakfast
diners can sample the Trout and Eggs, a sautéed rainbow trout with two
eggs, hash browns and toast for only $7.99.
Not in the mood for eggs? How about Dan’s Specialty French Toast, six
slabs of thick-sliced cinnamon swirl bread that is coated with corn
flakes and crushed pecans before being grilled? A belly-busting full
order is $5.99, while a four-piece order is $4.59.
Every Sunday there’s a breakfast buffet that’s popular with
out-of-town visitors and regulars alike.
Anyone stopping in for lunch will find a full assortment of soups,
salads, wraps, burgers and sandwiches.
Dinner entrees include popular classics like a full rack of BBQ ribs
($16.99), roasted turkey ($9.49), crispy fried chicken ($8.99), and
home-made meatloaf ($8.99).
Seafood specialties include fish and chips ($9.99), sautéed rainbow
trout ($12.49), blue gill fillets ($10.99) and a BBQ ribs and trout
combo ($14.99).
“Every week we offer our Friday Fish Feast,” explains Bloomquist. “It
includes a variety of seafood, but typically has cod fish and chips,
Asian whitefish, breaded blue gill fillets, a parmesan encrusted
rainbow trout and more. It changes all the time and it’s been very
popular with our guests.”

Bloomquist relies on his staff of 20 to keep things running smoothly.
Floor manager Jodi Miller keeps orders moving and customers happy.
April Barnes is the day chef who specializes in making hearty
breakfasts and an assortment of homemade desserts. Night chef Tony
Edgington prepares the dinner specials, including the newly-launched
Great Burger Night on Wednesdays.
“All the burgers are certified angus beef,” explains Bloomquist. “We
offer a patty melt, a south of the border wrapped in a tomato
tortilla, a Tex-Mex and a hot hamburger served open face and covered
with beef gravy. Also, there’s my lo-carb favorite, a jumbo patty
served with cottage cheese and steamed broccoli.”
If you’re planning a special event like a business luncheon,
graduation party, wedding rehearsal dinner, birthday party of Super
Bowl bash, Trout Town Country Cafe offers catering that features an
impressive assortment of meals.
In an economy that has seen the closing of other Kalkaska restaurants,
Bloomquist says business has been strong and he’s optimistic. In fact,
he wants to give back to his guests during the upcoming holiday season
by giving away hors d’oeuvres such as bbq meatballs, chicken wings and
more for 10 diners on Christmas Eve.
“It’s been a great year for us,” he offers. “It was down earlier, but
it’s really recovered well in the past three months. We do a lot of
work to make sure that our customers get a great home-cooked meal at a
reasonable price - that’s our goal.”
Trout Town Country Café at 306 Elm St. in Kalkaska, is open Monday-Thurs-
day 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Satur-day 6:30 to 9 p.m.; Sunday 7
a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information and takeout
orders, call (231)258-2701 or go to
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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