Happy Hour

A weekly snapshot of Happy Hours around the region…


FireFly
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

Fred's
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.

MONEY'S PLATTE RIVER INN:
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.

BC LANES FAMILY ENTERTAIMENT CENTER:
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.

CHINA ONE:
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.

A&W:
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.

BIG BUCK BREWERY & STEAKHOUSE:
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.

THE NEW YORK RESTAURANT:
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.

EMPIRE VILLAGE INN: 
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.

JESPERSON'S:
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.
 
CUPPA JOE:
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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Tastemakers: Higher Grounds Olive Oil/ Archangel Summer Wheat

Rick Coates - June 21st, 2010
Higher Grounds Olive Oil
Chris Treter of Higher Grounds Trading has built his Traverse City based coffee roasting business on using fair trade coffee beans. Treter is on a first name basis with the Mexican and Ethiopian farmers who grow the beans he roasts at his production facility located at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Treter amakes annual pilgrimages to the Central American growing regions to meet with farmers and also to fundraise and raise awareness for various needs in these villages. He has helped to spearhead the Chiapas Water Project since 2005 to assist those who live in Chiapas, Mexico in developing safe drinking water.
Since launching Higher Grounds eight years ago Treter had always planned to offer more than just coffee. He has found his next product line, Palestinian Fair Trade Organic Olive Oil. Released last month, the olive oil is available at specialty shops primarily in the Traverse City area and at Higher Grounds as well as by mail order. The olive oil comes from ancient olive trees from the rich red soil of Palestine. The Palestinian Fair Trade Organization adheres to strict organic farming practices and this cold pressed extra virgin olive oil meets U.S., European and Japanese organic standards. According to Treter, the fact that the olives are pressed immediately after harvest result in a full flavor olive oil that is “fragrant, buttery with hints of pepper and lemon.
This is a great dipping oil, enjoy with fresh local breads; often oils need seasoning enhancements for dipping, not this one. The Higher Grounds Olive Oil is great for sautéing vegetables and other foods. Dust asparagus with olive oil and lightly season with sea salt and toss on the grill. To learn more about the PFTO check out palestinefairtrade.org or for more info on the olive oil go to highergroundstrading.com or ask for it at your favorite specialty foods store. --Rick Coates

Archangel
Summer Wheat

Local cherry farmers are predicting an early cherry harvest this year. An unseasonable warm spring has cherries arriving three weeks ahead of schedule and visitors to this year’s National Cherry Festival will get to enjoy fresh local sweet cherries. To celebrate this good news North Peak Brewing Company has released Archangel Summer Wheat.
Each batch (50 barrels) of Archangel Summer Wheat is made with 2,500 pounds of locally grown cherries, most from Kroupa Farms on the Old Mission Peninsula. North Peak brewers expect to use 18,000 pounds of local cherries throughout the summer.
“It’s just obvious that we should be making this beer,” said Brewmaster Mike Hall. “We’re proud to be able to work with local farmers to blend their fruits into the brewing process. The result is Archangel – a refreshing summer beer that captures the essence of Michigan summer.”
Archangel is traditional style American Wheat with a hint of cherry aroma on the nose. Cherries blend well in beer but there is a delicate balance to keep the beer from having a cherry cough syrup taste. Brewmaster Hall has successfully accomplished this balance, Archangel is clean, crisp and refreshing and a great summer thirst quencher.
This brew pairs nicely with summer salads, grilled salmon with a cherry BBQ glaze and is nice sipping brew for the beach while watching the sunset. Archangel is currently available on tap and will be released in the “stubbie” bottles later this month. For additional information on Archangel as well as other offerings from North Peak Brewing Company go to www.NorthPeakBeer.com. --Rick Coates

 
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