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: SweeTango Apples/ Acoustic Draft Mead Apple Bzzz

Rick Coates - October 4th, 2010
SweeTango Apples
This weekend kicks off the annual
Charlevoix Apple Festival, and while apples do not get as much play as
cherries do, they are very important to our economy. In fact
Michigan’s largest and most valuable fruit crop is the apple with an
average annual economic contribution to the state of $700-$900
million. There are 900 family-operated orchards throughout Michigan’s
Lower Peninsula helping the state to rank third in the country on
overall production. The Honeycrisp continues to grow in popularity and
despite increased tree plantings, production is still not keeping pace
with consumer demand.
Now comes a new apple, yes the Honeycrisp had a baby and its name is
SweeTango (the father is the Zestar apple), and it is the latest rage
in the apple world. Even a bit controversial.
SweeTango is a variety from the University of Minnesota’s apple
breeding program, the same people who developed the Honeycrisp.  It
has the same juiciness and crunch that has made the Honeycrisp
popular, but with a zesty sour kick to it.
So if this apple is so great where is the controversy?
SweeTango  trees are being planted by premier family apple growers
from Nova Scotia and Quebec in Canada, thru New York, Michigan,
Minnesota, Washington State and Wisconsin -- or a better word would be
“licensed.” That’s right, there is big money in agricultural royalties
and the University of Minnesota owns the rights to the SweeTango
royalties and they have chosen to sign an exclusive agreement with
Pepin Heights Orchard in Minnesota to commercialize the new apple.
Pepin Heights in turn formed a marketing cooperative of 45 growers in
five states and two Canadian provinces to grow and sell  the
Now, other farms that are not a part of this licensing agreement have
banded together to challenge this in court. It will be sometime in
2011 before the courts make their decision. In the meantime the
SweetTango is available in Northern Michigan at farmers markets (some
farms are able to grow small quantities that do not interfere with the
licensing program) and at a few area farms.---Rick Coates

Acoustic Draft Mead Apple BzZz
What some believe to be the oldest fermented beverage known to man is
making a comeback. Mead is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting
honey with water, wild yeast and often other fruits and spices. It was
a popular drink in ancient times and in Central Europe during the
1800s. As wine, beer and distilled spirits grew in popularity, mead
lost its flavor in modern times.
Locally, a few wineries have produced meads, but now we have our first
full-time meadery (a facility that produces mead exclusively) based in
Lake Ann. Acoustic Draft Mead is the brainchild of musician and
zymurgyst Bruce Grossman, who converted his garage into a licensed
facility to produce mead.
Acoustic Draft Mead has more ale characteristics than traditional
mead, which is similar to wine. Traditional mead is usually around 14%
alcohol in content and is still, whereas Grossman’s versions have a
hint of carbonation and 6% alcohol content.
Grossman just released Apple BzZz with 100% Michigan Organic Apples.
This style of mead has traditionally been called a “Cyser” and pairs
well with grilled pork chops and apple chutney, pumpkin soup with
cinnamon croutons or a good old fashion homemade doughnut with
Grossman has several mead offerings that have quickly made their way
on tap at area taverns and now are available by the bottle. For
additional information -- including how to have Grossman perform at
your next event while enjoying his meads -- or to locate these tasty
Michigan ingredient-laden beverages, check out drinkacoustic.com.
---Rick Coates

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