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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Smokey‘s Grill

Kristi Kates - July 5th, 2010
Flight Plan: All Headings Point to Smokey’s Grill
By Kristi Kates
Flying and food aren’t really two things that go together any more, at least not since the airlines traded proper beverage service for half-sized cans of Coke and full meals for miniature bags of pretzel sticks.
But if you’re traveling through Pellston Airport in Pellston, you can at least fortify yourself before you get on the plane (or, of course, after you disembark) at the new Smokey’s Grill, run by Boyne City Sammich N’ Sudz proprietors Jay and Lora Higdon.
“We took a few of our favorite sandwiches from Sammich N’ Sudz, put them on the (Smokey’s Grill) menu, and expanded to a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu to suit the needs of a full restaurant,” Jay Higdon says.

Opened in the Pellston Airport terminal to replace the airport’s previous restaurant, The Village Inn, the Higdons wanted to aim the restaurant at locals as well as those just passing through.
“The impetus to open Smokey’s Grill was a combination of wanting to meet the needs of customers traveling and residing in Emmet County, and the desire to share a wide variety of our favorite food creations,” Jay Higdon explains, “because of the location of Pellston, we have designed our menu to appeal to travelers, locals out for a quick lunch, and those from surrounding areas willing to travel to a destination dinner,” he continues, “so our customers are some of both - travelers and locals.”
And in case you’re wondering if running a restaurant in an airport is different than running a “regular” restaurant, the answer is a definite “yes.”
“Meeting travelers from around the world ensures that there is never a dull moment at Smokey’s Grill,” Higdon says, “it is exciting to talk to traveling passengers daily, and have a glimpse into the lives of others. Pilots with personal jets have wonderful stories, too; and it is a pleasure to know that some of the recent visits to Smokey’s Grill have been posted online at a website called www.fly2lunch.com.”

Those who have commented at that very website have so far given Smokey’s Grill 4 out of 5 “props” (the website’s airline-themed restaurant rating system), and point out both the good food and the fact that the restaurant is conveniently located next to the airport’s observation deck. What most are observing at Smokey’s Grill, though, is simply the food, which expands on the restaurant’s name.
“The current temporary menu at the airport has grilled and smoked items on it,” Lora Higdon says, “the new menu is being finalized and will be available soon, flaming desserts included. Grilled Salmon, Sauteed Walleye, Smoked Ham and Turkey sandwiches, Smoked Ribs, and Hand-Carved Beef Tenderloin are just some of the items available.”
The Higdons point out that “just about everything on the menu” has some family heritage associated with it, including their “to die for” Grandma’s Potato Salad that is offered as an occasional special.
“Our Sauteed Walleye is also a personal favorite, as Jay has been cooking it riverside for most of his life this way,” Lora Higdon explains.
“And the Fajita Chicken Sandwich, along with other sandwiches, are creative twists on home-cooked family meals that Lora enjoyed growing up on,” Jay Higdon says.

Soups and sauces are made daily at Smokey’s Grill, and their new menu will also include a Cuban sandwich as well as some seafood additions and the “Crabby Sammy.”
Their plans for summer are expanding, too, with wine dinners planned (“from our favorite Michigan winery, Bowers Harbor Vineyards,” Jay Higdon says) and even entertainment in the works.
“We’re booking weekly entertainment throughout the summer,” Jay Higdon explains, “with Michelle Chenard and other local talent.”
If you don’t find yourself at Smokey’s while waiting for a flight to depart, it’s easy to find them just by following US-131 North, where the restaurant so far is planning hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 pm Sunday through Wednesday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Smokey’s Grill will also soon be able to travel to you, as the Higdons are planning to implement catering services soon.
“Emmet County and the surrounding areas are so lucky to have such a beautiful facility to fly in and out of,” Lora Higdon says.
And as for Pellston Airport travelers? Well, they’ll probably consider themselves fortunate to find a place like Smokey’s Grill.

Smokey’s Grill is located in the Pellston Airport at 1395 U.S. 31 in Pellston, telephone 231-539-7200. Visit their website at www.smokeys-grill.com for menus and additional info.

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