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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Tastemakers: Good Harbor Vineyard‘s Fishtown White/ The dining room at Arcadia Bluff‘s Perch Plate

Rick Coates - June 7th, 2010
Good Harbor Vineyard’s Fishtown White
This year’s 25th Annual Leland Wine Festival will be one of celebration as the past 25 years will be remembered as well as some pondering of the future of the event (see related article) as a new chairperson takes over. Amidst it all will certainly be reflection on winemaker Bruce Simpson, who was one of the Festival co-founders. Simpson passed away a year ago this past March. While only Festival insiders were aware of Simpson’s role in the launch of the Festival (he also helped to organize it behind the scenes each year), he was known throughout the Michigan wine community for his Good Harbor Vineyards, located a few miles south of Leland on M-22.
Simpson was a pioneer of both the Leelanau and Michigan wine industries, and despite having an established vineyard, he spearheaded the effort to start the Leelanau Peninsula Vintners Association (LPVA) to help other wineries in the region. A testament to his character is exhibited in his children, daughter Taylor and son Sam, both of whom walked away from promising careers and big paychecks to come home and help their mother run the winery. They remain committed to carrying out their fathers passion.
I knew Simpson’s passion quite well, experiencing it personally during my tenure in a marketing position with the LPVA. He was proud to be a “farmer first and winemaker second.” In addition to his family, preserving the agricultural heritage of the Leelanau Peninsula, Simpson was all about his community of Leland (he even posed nude for a fundraising calendar) and in particular Fishtown, home to the Leland Wine Festival.
He paid homage to the popular fishing shanty community with his wine, Fishtown White, a blend of mostly Chardonnay with hints of Vignoles and Seyval Blanc. The label is from an original painting of the famous fishing tugs by Leland artist William Chatfield.
Fishtown White is a reasonably priced, everyday table wine and it pairs nicely with several foods. Be sure to try it at the Leland Wine Festival with the escargot in the bread bowl from The Cove or the blackened whitefish from The Bluebird. For details go to www.goodharbor.com
--Rick Coates

The Dining Room at Arcadia Bluff’s Perch Plate
Food is often an afterthought at a golf course. For most, golf course cuisine is whatever is on the grill when making the turn, or the typical pub fare at the “19th hole” while adding up the scorecard and tossing back a few cold ones. But at some golf courses the dining experience rivals the golfing. One such place is The Dining Room at Arcadia Bluffs.
Now in its 11th season Arcadia Bluffs (10 miles south of Frankfort) is on everyone’s list of “top courses you can play,” and many golf purists consider it the best public golf course in Michigan. Last year, Golf Digest rated Arcadia Bluffs the 10th Best Public Golf Course in the country. The dining operation has a lot to do with that accolade under the leadership of Chef and Food & Beverage Director Scott Ver Strat.
A big plus is the impressive dining room that overlooks the course and Lake Michigan. The simple elegance, coupled with an impressive and recently added wine cellar with hundreds of bottles that will satisfy the most discriminating wine palate, sets the tone for the experience ahead. I recently enjoyed lunch where my guests and I were given “private club” type service.
Ver Strat changes the menu daily, “mostly to accommodate fresh produce and locally raised meats and fresh fish from nearby.” Key items remain on the menu throughout the season such as the Perch Small Plate that is available at both lunch and dinner. The perfectly prepared fish with a homemade encrustation was highlighted by the lemon aioli sauce. Ver Strat says the secret is preserving fresh lemons to make the sauce by waiting a couple of weeks until they are pickled to perfection.
Whether you are a golfer or not, the dining experience at Arcadia Bluffs is worth the trip, from the views and the service, to the quality and freshness of the items on the menu no mulligan is needed -- but I know I will be making a second trip. For details see www.arcadiabluffs.com or phone 800-494-8666. --Rick Coates

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