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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Al Parker - February 1st, 2010
When you’ve been voted the No. 1 sandwich maker in Traverse City for
eight years, you might get a little complacent.
But Donna Folgarelli is as energetic, optimistic and excited as if
she’s opening the doors on a spanking new business instead of
operating a TC landmark that has been dishing up delicious eats for
more than three decades.
“In addition to our 45 different sandwiches, soups, stews and chilis,
we’re on the upswing of offering European tastes of good, natural
foods at reasonable prices,” says the outgoing Folgarelli, who
operates Folgarelli’s Market and Wine Shop on Front Street.
After a highly publicized sale, bankruptcy and legal dispute closed
the eatery for a month or so last year, Folgarelli’s re-opened in May.
“I’m elated at the response to our re-opening,” says Folgarelli.
“Business has been dynamite. We had a fabulous summer and fall. Our
old customers are back and the summer tourists were glad to see us.
We’re like family to many of our customers.”
With the difficulties receding, customers are pleased to find that the
shelves of the market/deli are once again jammed with a wide-ranging
assortment of imported and domestic foods. Highlighting hundreds of
tasty offerings is a lineup of specialty and ethnic foods that can
only be found at Folgarelli’s.
“We offer our own Folgarelli’s Red Sauce, Folgarelli’s Olive Oils,
Marge’s Italian Dressing, Fox’s Garlic Dressing and more. There are
now eight products under our own Folgarelli’s label,” she explains.
“We also make our own fresh pasta, including spaghetti and fettuccine,
every day. It’s been very popular with our guests.”

But regular customers of Folgarelli’s know the shop has built its
reputation on the hefty sandwiches offered up at very reasonable
prices. Most are available on a selection of breads, including Italian
Ciabatta, Jewish Rye, Italian Panini breads or a Baguette.
It would take pages to list all the sandwich options available, but
here are a few of the most popular:

• Italian Combo with mortadella, capicolla, salami and provolone
topped with a drizzle of Italian dressing ($8.95)
• Chimp Boy Gravel Pants with smoked turkey, blue cheese, sun dried
tomatoes, pesto and Italian dressing ($8.95)
• Reuben with corned beef, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing and
kraut, grilled on Jewish rye ($8.95)
• Rachel with turkey, Swiss Cheese, Thousand Island dressing and slaw,
grilled on Jewish rye ($8.95)
• Foxy Perfection with capicolla, genoa salami, provolone and olive
salsa with Italian dressing ($8.25)

The last sandwich is named in honor of Donna’s father, Boniface “Fox”
Folgarelli who founded the market in 1978.
An amiable entrepreneur who was popular with his regulars, Fox based
the store on the “old world” concepts that he had grown up with and
worked with since 1942 in Detroit. Since those humble beginnings,
Folgarelli’s Market and Wine Shop has become a “must stop” location
for foodies looking for gourmet items and quality wines at reasonable

The shop’s wine selection has grown over the years and now boasts more
than 2,000 labels. The staff takes pride in stocking the shelves with
wines that are not only hard to find in Northern Michigan, but
represent quality. Under the direction of Rob Crandall, the
knowledgeable staff is always available to help guests select the
right bottle for dinner or special events.
Folgarelli’s has also been involved in a recent series of wine tasting
events and dinners. Coming up in February are a Tuscan Bistro Dinner
and a special Bowers Harbor Inn Dinner. For more information on the
dinners, go to www.folgarellis.com.
“Catering has also evolved to become an important part of our
business,” explains Folgarelli. “Let us do your dinner and we’ll bring
it to you anywhere in Grand Traverse County or roughly a 50-mile
Another new addition to the eatery is a coffee bar that serves an
assortment of organic coffees, including a special Folgarelli’s blend.
Cappuccino, espresso and mochas are also available, along with
homemade scones and Italian cookies.

At 424 West Front Street in Traverse City, Folgarelli’s is open 9:30
a.m. to 6:30 p.m Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Takeout and catering is
available by calling (231) 941-7651. For more information go to

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