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: American Spoon Foods Cherry BBQ Grilling Sauce/Mackinaw Trail Winery Petoskey Tasting Room

Rick Coates - April 26th, 2010
American Spoon Foods Cherry BBQ Grilling Sauce
It was 30 years ago while picking morels in Northern Michigan that Justin Rashid starting dreaming of creating a specialty store to market the bounty of Northern Michigan. A few years later American Spoon Foods was born in Petoskey.
American Spoon Foods has enjoyed much success over the years. They ship their products all over the world and many a visitor and local alike visit their stores in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix and Traverse City.
The secret to their success lies in the passion and commitment they have in only putting out the best. This philosophy was adopted from the start by Rashid and continues through every member of their team. Chef Chris Chickering spends weeks in the test kitchen perfecting each product they offer. His Cherry BBQ Grilling Sauce is a classic example.
A relatively new offering to their popular grilling sauce line, the Cherry BBQ is not only tangy and tasty but versatile. Obviously, pairing the sauce with ribs and grilled duck on the grill makes sense. But take a great homemade bratwurst from the Tannery Creek Market in Petoskey and grill with this sauce and you will taste the magic of these flavors as they blend with grilled brat.
Another great recipe would be to add to grilled salmon; this is a great fish on the grill and it pairs well with cherry flavors. Certainly the old standby, grilled chicken works, and if you want to add a little zest to your BBQ meatball recipe the American Spoon Foods Cherry BBQ Grilling Sauce is the way to go.
The business has lots of recipes and more than 150 products available, check out www.spoon.com or visit them at any of their locations in Northern Michigan.
--Rick Coates

Mackinaw Trail Winery Petoskey Tasting Room
Winemaker Ralph Stabile, along with his wife Laurie, launched the Upper Peninsula’s first commercial winery five years ago in Manistique. The Mackinaw Trail Winery enjoyed immediate success, becoming a major attraction for U.P. travelers. Wishing to expose their wines to those living below the Bridge, the Stabiles decided to open tasting rooms in Mackinaw City and Petoskey, with the latter opening just two years ago.
The Petoskey tasting rooom is nestled in the heart of the Gas Light District at 204 Howard St. and has become a popular destination for both visitors and locals looking for that “Michigan wine experience.” While the wine is made at the Stabile’s winery across the Mackinaw Bridge, visitors to the Petoskey tasting room get to enjoy the same tasting experience they would at the winery, with wines available by the bottle or the case.
Satellite tasting rooms have become a popular practice with some Michigan wineries. The opportunity to “try before you buy” is appealing to many wine buyers.
The Mackinaw Trail Winery is producing some wonderful gems. My late friend Joe Breidenstein of Walloon Lake was a huge fan of their Cabernet Franc with its hints of cherries and dark chocolate. Joe championed Mackinaw Trail wines and other Michigan wines at his many endeavors.
Local businesses in the area have also embraced the Mackinaw Trail Winery. Stafford’s Perry Hotel is hosting a Winemakers Dinner on May 21 with wines from Mackinaw Trail paired with each course. There will be a pre-event hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting and a Meet the Winemaker reception at the tasting room before heading over for dinner. --Rick Coates

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