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: Northern MichiganThe Best for Food & Drink

Rick Coates - March 29th, 2010
Northern Michigan The Best for Food & Drink
Since launching the column Tastemakers/Bottoms Up columns almost seven
years ago, I have had the pleasure of traversing around Northern
Michigan in search of the “Best Of” what our region has to offer in
the way of Food & Drink. In all, I have written over 800 columns, most
of them focused on Northern Michigan with an occasional look at items
of interest from outside our area. In no way does this make me an
expert, rather a person who simply has been very lucky to be afforded
such an opportunity.
In my travels of searching out these “Best Of” offerings I have found
that there is always one common denominator: “The People” who make,
produce, brew, ferment, distill, grow, cook and create these wonderful
It is the passion of these people that I believe makes
the difference. The great wines, brews, spirits, food items, entrées
and events are prepared and produced by people who do not simply
approach what they are doing as a job but rather as an extension of
their lifestyle.
They eat, sleep, drink and talk it every day.
In my line of work I get asked all the time what is the “best” wine,
beer, restaurant and the list goes on.
My standard response is “whatever beer, wine or food I am enjoying at
the moment.”
I know what I like personally and while there may be common
denominators among us, each of our palates is distinctive and we all
have our own favorites and preferences. What I have learned is no one
is able to tell me what is “best” for me; I must find that through my
own exploration and often this is accomplished by recommendations.
In Tastemakers/Bottoms Up that is simply my goal, as I explore the
region and find tasty delights, drinks and fun events I simply pass
them on to you, the reader, so that you may determine for yourself if
such items are worthy of your palate or if a food and drink event is
worth your time.
I look forward to my continued pursuit of the many wonderful things
being produced by passionate people throughout Northern Michigan. I
plan to get off the beaten path and head down some gravel roads, two
tracks and one traffic light towns in my searches in these coming
months and certainly look forward to your continued recommendations as
well; feel free to reach out to me by e-mail at
rcoates@northernexress.com or by calling the office at 231-947-8787.
As I reviewed my columns of the
past seven years I am very grateful for all the passionate people I
have encountered and the time they spent with me sharing their
It is their passion and enthusiasm that makes Northern Michigan one of
the best places in the world to live, work, play, eat and drink. I
constantly marvel at the young entrepreneurs who have chosen our
region to open and create some pretty cool businesses. People like
Angela Macke at Light of Day Organics. Not only is Angela producing
world class certified organic teas from locally grown agriculture but
her positive energy radiates to everyone she comes in contact with. I
am equally impressed with the many retirees who instead of sitting
back and collecting their pensions have decided to invest in Northern
Michigan by starting a winery, restaurant or a CSA farm. People like
Don and Malu Coe of Black Star Farms, Walter and Eileen Brys of Brys
and Tony and Joan Ciccone of Ciccone’s come to mind. Of course there
is Mimi Wheeler of Grocers Daughter Chocolate (pictured) who puts in
seven day work weeks in her retirement making chocolate.
Equally important are the numerous businesses and proprietors who have
adopted the “Patagonia Philosophy” that the bottom line of a business
extends beyond being in the “red or black” but in your social
responsibility to the community you work in and the world you live in.
People like Timothy and Kathy Young of Food For Thought and Chris
Treter and Jody Treter of Higher Grounds Trading Company who built
social responsibility right into their company mission statements.
Many others have as well. I marvel at how so many of you have donated
to so many worthwhile causes and benefits throughout the region.
As you travel throughout Northern Michigan seek out local products,
restaurants and farms. These products are not only wonderful in
quality but so are the people making them. It is why Northern Michigan
is the “Best Of” any area in the world. --- Rick Coates

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