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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Da Dawg House

Al Parker - August 23rd, 2010
Da Dawg House offers Dining in a Dog Dish
By Al Parker
It’s a mid-summer, mid-morning in Cadillac, a time when a lot of
breakfast joints are starting to slow down a bit after the breakfast
But things are still bustling at Da Dawg House, a family-style
restaurant where the emphasis is on food, fun and fantastic service.
For example, where else ya gonna find a wait staff that dons floppy
dog ears to serve up Dawg Chow, a hefty meal of hash browns, biscuits
and gravy, two eggs, two slices of bacon or sausage ($7,25), all piled
high in a silver-colored dog dish?
And when it’s brought to the customer the staff begins a loud,
lingering howl, prompting fun-loving regulars to join in the howling
until it crescendos like a pack of beagles in heat.
“It’s just a fun, fun thing,” says a smiling Ed Gibbard, who co-owns
Da Dawg House with Gary Olszewski. I have a great experienced staff
(of 22) and they go out of their way to make our guests feel
comfortable and have fun.”
Gibbard and Olszewski opened Da Dawg House in Jan. 2008 in a
ramschackle building that formerly housed the Saddle Inn. They
estimated a 40 percent makeover, but it ended up about a 90 percent
renovation, including a totally new kitchen. The seating was more than
doubled, from 40 to 96.
Several Dawg House staffers had worked at another popular Cadillac
eatery. “We hired eight staffers who had worked at the Hilltop, which
closed in the fall of ’07,” explains Gibbard. “I’ve run five
businesses in my life and the key to success is to surround yourself
with people who know the business.”

And while there’s plenty of laughin’ and a relaxed, cordial vibe at Da
Dawg House, the place offers up some seriously good food, especially
for breakfast (which is served all day long).
In addition to the Dawg Chow, there’s a smaller version for
youngsters and light eaters, appropriately named the Puppy Chow. The
Paul Bunyan, with three eggs, two strips of thick hickory bacon, two
sausage links or one patty, a slab of ham and hash browns or grits
($7.99) and the Smoked Pork Chop Breakfast with two chops, two eggs
and hash browns ($8.99) are two of the most popular morning choices.
But perhaps the most unique breakfast offering is The Big Apple ($7.75).
“We take a whole apple and bake it in an oven in a sort of pancake
mix,” explains Gibbard. It’s like a crepe, and then we flip it like a
pancake. Then it’s drizzled with a delicious Sicilian glaze. We get a
lot of compliments on this one, but we warn folks that it takes 25
minutes to make, so they have to be patient. But the wait is worth
For the lunch bunch, there’s a wide assortment of homemade soups,
sandwiches, salads and burgers.
But this is Da Dawg House and there’s an emphasis on, what else, hot
dogs. Using natural casing dogs, the place serves up an array of
coneys, including The Big Dog – a 100 percent Angus beef monster
that’s a half-pound foot-long, smothered in authentic Coney chili,
mustard and onions ($5.85). If The Big Dog is too intimidating, try a
regular Coney Dog, with chili, mustard and onions ($2.85) or a daily
special of two coneys with fries ($6.29).

Veteran chef Sherry Losinski oversees the kitchen and makes sure there
are a variety of dinner offerings, including a Fried Fish Dinner of
Icelandic cod ($9.50), New York Strip Steak ($11.95), Gyro Dinner
($7.95), Honey Stung Fried Chicken ($8.25) and Jumbo Shrimp Dinner
(8.99). Homemade pies, cookies and apple dumplings are available for

Visitors should be warned that Dawg House portions are not Chihuahua-sized.
“We offer super portions,” says Gibbard with a smile. “You do not
leave here hungry. If you do, you’ve got quite an appetite. One
customer compared us to Tony’s at Birch Run. He’s a legend and we’re
working hard to be a legend too.”
In addition to the food, Da Dawg House prides itself in being a very
warm, caring place for its customers.
“For many of our regulars, we’re like family,” says Gibbard. “We have
many folks who come in two or three times a day for their meals. One
of our regulars, a real gentleman, lost his wife a while back. Our
waitresses sort of adopted him, like a Dad, and really care for him
when he comes in. They went out to his house for a cleanup day and
helped him out. We’re fortunate to have a caring staff.”
Gibbard puts a real emphasis on cleanliness at Da Dawg House, cleaning
thoroughly every night and even closing the place down every Tuesday
afternoon to do a rigorous cleaning of the entire place, kitchen,
booths, tables, restrooms – even display items are removed and the
walls are cleaned. “It’s a cost to us,” he says. “We close four or
five hours early every Tuesday, so we have labor costs but no income.
But it’s important. We want a beautiful, clean place for our customers
and for our staff to work.”

Da Dawg House, at 6080 M-115 in Cadillac, is open at 7 a.m. on
weekdays and 7:30 a.m. on weekends. For more information or takeout
orders, call (231) 876-9940 or visit dadawghouserestaurant.com.

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