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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Kilborn‘s Fish

Kristi Kates - June 28th, 2010
Fresh from Kilborn’s Fish: A destination with a reputation north of Harbor Springs
By Kristi Kates
Originally established in the late 1990s as the Blue Corn Grill and
Bistro, Harbor Springs restaurant Kilborn’s Fish was the brainchild of
Magnum Hospitality, a restaurant group that also runs popular Northern
Michigan restaurants Red Mesa Grill in downtown Boyne City and the
upcoming Cafe Sante on Lake Charlevoix.
Blue Corn became The Fish in 2000; in 2008, the restaurant would
change hands and leave the Magnum Hospitality family for a family of
its own, namely the Kilborns.
John Kilborn, along with his daughter Lorna Kilborn, who serves as the
manager and bartender, and his wife Debbi Kilborn, also a “permanent
fixture” in the restaurant according to Lorna Kilborn (“she is also
responsible for the beautiful flower beds in front of the restaurant,”
Lorna Kilborn enthuses), purchased the restaurant that year, and
reopened it in 2009.
Mr. Kilborn’s experience with such a venture?  Plenty. He’s well-known
in the area for his diligent efforts at several of the area’s dining
establishments, from Harbor Springs’ own The Pier (where he began as a
dishwasher) to his additional work at Lorenzo’s and East Jordan’s The
Today, his own restaurant, Kilborn’s Fish, is now a landmark
destination for diners in spite of its somewhat remote location out on
State Road (towards Cross Village.)

“We often see customers on a nice day who are just ‘out for a drive,’
and we really are only five miles north of Harbor Springs,” Lorna
Kilborn explains, “the customer response last season was very
gratifying, even with the poor weather holding back the crowds of
seasons past.”
Lorna Kilborn says that they gain new customers both by word of mouth
- tourists and locals alike - and by advertising in local
“The Fish has had a popular reputation locally for years,” she says
In addition to Debbi Kilborn’s artistic efforts with the landscaping,
the interior of the restaurant beckons customers, as well, with its
friendly atmosphere.
Casual and “themed” without being too kitschy, the interior focuses on
blue tones, and features comfortably-spaced seating arrangements and
quirky silhouettes of fish hanging from the ceiling.
And just in case you might think this a too-literal representation of
the menu selections - several of the fish silhouettes are wearing
sunglasses. (Your dinner, of course, is not.)

There are several reasons for the Fish’s local fame. As one might
guess from the name, the Fish’s menu is focused primarily on fresh
seafood entrees.
“The two most popular items are the Walleye Almondine, served with
Vegetable Risotto and fresh vegetables, and the Panko-Coated Sea
Scallops, served with Dauphinoise Potatoes, Wilted Spinach, and a
Wasabi Honey Viniagrette,” Lorna Kilborn says, “our food is bright,
fresh, flavorful, and presented beautifully.”
Her father, of course, agrees, and points out some of the other
favorite menu items.
“We also serve clam chowder, and include a Caesar salad or Dinner
salad and our famous Garlic and Parmesan Ciabatta bread along with all
of our entrees,” John Kilborn says.
Plenty of beverages and a full wine list round out the offerings of
this off-the-beaten-path restaurant that’s worth seeking out.
“Our focus is on providing our best food and drink at a reasonable
price for our customers,” John Kilborn says.
“Our restaurant is definitely a hidden gem,” his daughter Lorna agrees.

Kilborn’s Fish is located at 2983 State Road just north of Harbor
Springs, telephone
231-526-3969.  The days/hours of operation will be changing throughout
the summer to best serve their customers, so it’s best to
call ahead.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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