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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Cafe Sante

Kristi Kates - August 2nd, 2010
Café Santé brings a taste of Europe to Boyne City
By Kristi Kates
If you’re at all familiar with the Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City (and
if you’re not, you should be), then you’ll be thrilled to hear that
the folks behind that favorite restaurant destination have added
another café to the local scene.
Co-owned by Fred Moore, Jim Cartwright, and chef Mary Palmer, the new
Café Santé is bringing European-style dining to the region as part of
the also-new One Water Street development (the brainchild of local
developer Glen Catt) on Lake Charlevoix.
It’s already looking like a great fit for the area, and has even
helped improve employment for the small town.

  “We were approached last spring by Glen Catt about putting a
restaurant in his new development on Lake Charlevoix,” Fred Moore
explains, “The Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City is our busiest restaurant,
and Boyne City has been a very good community to do business in, so it
was a good fit for us. We have also brought in 80 additional jobs, and
have hopefully added another attractive dining choice for the locals
and visitors to Boyne City.”
Moore, who says that the café’s goal is to present an “affordable,
casual European-style eatery,” says that part of the draw will be
their wood-fired pizzas, panini, house-made pastas, and authentic
recipes; a large European draft beer selection is another component of
the menu, which Moore hopes will appeal to a wide range of diners.
“We’re thinking of both the teenage couple on a prom date in for pizza
and a Coke, to guests looking for a gourmet dining experience,” he
says. “In the classic European tradition, we’ll be open for breakfast,
lunch, and dinner, with live entertainment on the weekends.”
Prices are also being kept reasonable, Moore says.
“I think the standouts on the menu would be our homemade pasta and the
Mussels and Fries (Moules and Frites),” Moore enthuses, “we serve the
mussels five different ways - Portuguese, Classic French, German,
Italian or Greek. And our breakfasts have to be experienced to be
believed; there’s nothing like it in Northern Michigan. Our prices
range from $7 to $22, with most of the items under $20. It’s a casual,
country European experience.”

Walking into Café Santé, one of the most striking things you’ll
probably notice are the views of Lake Charlevoix, which Moore calls
“fantastic.” An open kitchen, chalkboard menus, and a patio complete
with fireplace keep the European feel going.
And as for that exotic name, Moore says the selection took some time,
but that they refused to settle until they had the “right” one.
“All three of us were working hard on it with family and friends,”
Moore says, “Santé came to us magically from Mary Palmer’s niece; the
word Santé translates literally in French as health, and is part of a
classic French toast like cheers is in English - so à votre santé
means ‘to your health.’”
Moore says that his staff is another part of the Café Santé
equation, from the three co-owners to general manager Don Ryde, chef
Kyle Marshall, managers Nate Jason and Sarah Niederpruem, and dining
room supervisor Meg Depky. That teamwork is all part of Moore’s goal,
with his co-owners, to make Café Santé just as popular as Red Mesa
“We hope to build a loyal following by executing food and service to
the highest of standards in a very busy community at the busiest time
of year,” Moore says, “We hope to be entertaining for every guest on
every visit.”

Café Santé is located at One Water Street in Suite 100 in downtown
Boyne City, telephone 231-582-8800. Hours are 8 am to 3 pm, seven days
a week and 3 pm to 10 pm on Sunday; call ahead for
breakfast/lunch/dinner availability. The café may also be visited
online at www.cafesante-bc.com.
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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