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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Blue Slipper Bistro

Danielle Horvath - August 6th, 2010
A colorful past lingers at the Blue Slipper Bistro
By Danielle Horvath
From it’s early beginnings in the 1880s as a horse stop on the way to Arcadia, to the turn-of-the-century Manistee Brewery Co., to a lively brothel in the ‘30s, the Blue Slipper in Onekama has had many colorful owners in it’s 100-plus year history. Purchased in 1999 by Brian and Chris Kissel, today it remains a popular stop for locals and tourists alike.
The Kissels brought years of restaurant experience and a face-lift to the former biker bar, adding “Bistro” to the name.
Originally from Manistee, Brian attended culinary school and worked for Schelde’s in Grand Rapids. When he was offered an opportunity to move back Up North, Brian relocated and worked at both Bower’s Harbor Inn and Arcadia Bluffs. The Kissels were originally looking for a house to purchase when a realtor told them the business was available.
“It’s in my blood,” he says. “My dad was a chef at the old Coral Gables and at the Portage Point Inn. I always knew I would stay in this business. When we bought this, we knew what we were getting into, we knew there would be long days.”
Known for the casual atmosphere, great friendly service and reasonably priced meals, the Blue Slipper is crowded most weekends all year long.
“When we first were looking, we realized there was no place in the area for a Caesar salad or plate of pasta or a bottle of wine. When we opened, we had just three tables for New Year’s Eve, but by February, the place was packed. It didn’t take long for the word-of-mouth to spread,” Brian said. “The timing was right then for us to purchase, and although our growth is tied to the economy, it is holding it’s own.”

Menus change with the seasons and the staff uses local ingredients whenever they can. Specializing in build-your-own pasta dishes – they offer 15 different homemade sauces from artichoke to marinara – to which you can pair up with a choice of four kinds of pasta, including whole grain, and then add meatballs, portabella mushrooms, or roasted veggies or chicken, shrimp or scallops, all served with fresh Italian bread and a house salad. Summer customer favorites include the grilled salmon topped with cucumber relish, apple-cider cured grilled pork loin or tender sautéed veal and lake perch, dusted and fried.
The Bistro also offers a Caesar salad, hearty burger or pesto chicken club on their yummy homemade bread, along with homemade soups and desserts made daily. They have Bells, Founders, Shorts, and MI Brewing Co. beer on tap and they feature many Michigan wines along with a full bar.
While summer is their busiest season, the Kissels pay close attention to what their regular customers want and offer off-season specials, including free meals for Mother’s and Father’s Day, buy one get one meals and all-you-can-eat perch.

Open 7 days a week year around, 11:30 am – 10 pm during the summer and 11:30 am – 9 pm in the winter, lunches range $5-8, dinners $10 - $25. The Blue Slipper Bistro is located at 8058 First St. in Onekema, call ahead for specials: 231-889-9045.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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