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: Parkshore Resort Louisiana Oysters/ Drank

Rick Coates - May 17th, 2010
Parkshore Resort:Louisiana Oysters
The oil spill off the coast of Louisiana has shrimpers, oyster farmers and the rest of Louisiana’s $2.4 billion annual seafood industry scrambling to harvest their wares. The oil slick is encroaching on prime oystering and shrimping grounds and fishing has been banned throughout much of the key fishing waters of the Gulf region. The Louisiana seafood industry that produces about 40% of all seafood sold in the United States and employs 27,000 is now in serious jeopardy.
For now, seafood prices are stable and supplies are good. The Parkshore Resort Lounge on East Bay in Traverse City (across from the State Park) has a stellar fresh seafood menu that includes Louisiana oysters. While oyster farmers off the New England coast may challenge this claim, many consider Louisiana oysters the best, and more than one-third of the oysters served in the United States come from the region.
The Parkshore offers raw Louisiana oysters on the half shell over ice with crackers, a side of horseradish, cocktail sauce and Louisiana Hot Sauce. Pair these with ice cold beer.
The secret to enjoying fresh Louisiana oysters is to not overpower them with too much sauce and to slurp them down whole. Enjoy as an appetizer if you are out with a group, or make it your entrée and have a bowl of their homemade lobster bisque.
The Parkshore Resort has been a popular hangout for locals since opening 10 years ago. The lounge is cozy with great service and the menu is loaded with steaks, pastas and sandwiches. On Wednesday nights the Parkshore offers their all you care to eat salad bar with any steak ordered. They also offer live entertainment as well as karaoke. For more information and to see their complete menu go to www.parkshoreresort.com ---Rick Coates

It was only a matter of time that the onslaught of “energy” drinks on the market would result in the creation of the “anti-energy” drink. Manufacturers of these new drinks that started popping up in convenience store coolers next to the energy drinks a couple of years ago prefer to refer to them as “relaxation beverages.” One of the first was Drank, which markets their product as a way to “slow your roll” after that hectic day.
In all, more than 100 “relaxation beverages” have made their way to the marketplace over the past three years. These beverages like Drank contain plant extracts that purportedly help to relax one’s body. For example, Drank advertises that their beverage contains a “safe dose” of Melatonin that helps to control the human sleep cycle and prevents jet-lag. Drank also contains Valerian root which is supposed “to benefit anyone who may suffer from anxiety; restlessness; insomnia; mental strain; lack of concentration; excitability; stress; chronic headaches or migraines; nervous stomach cramps; bladder control issues; chronic pain, menopause; and the discomfort, and emotional distress which may occur with menstruation. “Toss in the rose hips,“an excellent source of vitamin-C, containing biologically valuable bioflavinoids and is also a great source of anti-oxidants. Rose hips have traditionally been used to treat diarrhea, nervousness, exhaustion, stress, urinary problems.”
Critics of Drank say that the beverage is not healthy and the name comes from the street drug “Purple Drank,” popularized in hip-hop songs and made from a combination of over the counter drugs mixed with 7-UP.
“Drank did not invent the illicit street drug nor does its marketing campaign encourage anyone to try it,” said Peter Bianchi, chief executive officer of Innovative Beverage Group of Houston, “In fact, Drank was created as an alternative to drugs and alcohol, and remains a positive product to consume for relaxation.”
I will leave this one up to the consumers. I prefer a good cup of tea from Light of Day Organics on the Leelanau Peninsula to relax with at the end of the day.--Rick Coates

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