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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Giovanni‘s Roadhouse

Danielle Horvath - February 8th, 2010
Giovanni’s Roadhouse
A taste of Italy upholds its tradition in Interlochen
By Danielle Horvath
Giovanni’s Roadhouse in Interlochen received a makeover when new
owners purchased it just over two years ago, but it remains true to
its roots – serving good comfort food in a cozy and friendly
Just down the road from Interlochen Center for the Arts, the popular
Italian restaurant on U.S. 31 has a long-standing reputation for
excellence and long lines are often the norm in the summer months.
New owners Jeff and Trish Wiltse are no strangers to the area food
scene; their other establishments in nearby Traverse City include
Bubba’s, Firefly Café & Lounge, Grand View Catering and TC Food to Go.
Giovanni’s has had just two owners in it’s 40-year history, with the
last 20 specializing in classic Italian food. As such, the Wiltses
were careful to preserve its ethnic heritage along with its “up north”
But there have been changes: The natural wood floors have been brought
to life with a spruce-up; the bar space and outdoor patio have been
expanded; some trees out front were cut to let in more light; and
they’ve opened a second entrance. The menu has also been expanded
with weekly specials. The result is an inviting, comfortable, and airy

Manager John Waslawski says that customers like the new look and menu
and the staff is working hard to maintain its local following. With a
degree in food science from CMU, Waslawski also has a history in the
local food industry. In the 1990s he was a member of the Exquisite
Edibles food outlets team before delving into the technology industry
for a few years until the opportunity to manage Giovanni’s was
Waslawski didn’t hesitate to jump in. “Giovanni’s is well-known in the
Interlochen area for having great value and good food, with a loyal
customer base, I knew we could continue those traditions and even
improve on some,” he says.
Waslawski and a dedicated crew worked 70-80 hour weeks for eight weeks
on renovations and improvements and re-opened as Giovanni’s Roadhouse
in June of ’07.
Today, Delta blues plays in the background as Waslawski notes that
Giovanni’s kept the house favorite through the makeover: baked lasagna
and an impressive selection of pasta dishes, all made with homemade
sauces. The restaurant also takes pride in offering fresh and local
ingredients when possible.
“We get our meat fresh from Louie’s Meats in Traverse City, and use
farm-raised catfish for our new southern fried catfish dinner that is
getting raves from our customers,” he says.

Giovanni’s has also added pot roast and prime rib and roasted chicken
dinners. There are also 12 personal pan pizza choices – from Greek to
Thai to BBQ chicken. Other choices include Mexican fare, burgers and
wraps. Weekly specials include a burger and a beer for $3 on
Wednesdays, prime rib dinner for $8.95 on Thursdays, and their popular
Sunday Gospel brunch from noon – 3 p.m., with yummy omelets for under
“In these challenging economic times we know people are pulling back,”
Waslawski says, “Our philosophy is to lower prices, offer more variety
and specials and do what we can to make their experience even better.
We have opened earlier; we have daily specials and a Happy Hour that
lasts all day, from 11 am – 7 pm. We also offer an Early Bird special
of 25% off the menu from 3-5:30 everyday.”
Happy Hour specials include all well drinks at $1.75, a glass of house
wine is just $2.50, a pint of Pabst beer is always $1.50 and domestic
bottled beer are $2. All other drinks are $1 off.

Open daily and Sundays11:30 am – 10 pm, Saturdays til 11, Giovanni’s
Roadhouse is just a stone’s throw from Interlochen corners at 9205 US
31. Call for updated specials at 231-276-6244.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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