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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Palette Bistro

Glen Young - December 27th, 2010
Take a Tasty Trip Around the World at Palette Bistro
By Glen Young
Ten weeks might not seem long between design and debut, but that is
exactly how long it took the proprietors of Petoskey’s newest dinner
destination to get their restaurant off the ground.
Palette Bistro, the latest venture by Wine Guys restaurant group,
opened in December with a Mediterranean themed menu, an emphasis on
small plates and a view that rivals any in Northern Michigan.
Managing partner Patrick Faylor and executive chef John Norman have
transformed the former Andante site into a comfortable cafe that seats
almost 100, on Bay Street in Petoskey’s celebrated Gaslight shopping
district. Situated on the bluff above Little Traverse Bay, the view
stretches all the way to Lake Michigan.
Outfitted by Petoskey’s J.R. Builders, the new establishment boasts
warm colors and rich wood accents in a space that is nearly 400 square
feet larger than its predecessor, a feature in downtown Petoskey for
more than 20 years. From the floors, which are hand-scraped white oak,
to the light fixtures, the atmosphere is warm and inviting.
Norman, previously the executive chef at City Park Grill, another Wine
Guys eatery, has brought a simple but distinctive flare to the menu.
“We’re not trying to focus simply on traditional Mediterranean
recipes. We have Spanish, French, and Italian items. We’re trying to
do the whole region,” he says
Current menu selections include small plate items such as an eggplant
roulade with crab, spinach and goat cheese, as well as large plate
offerings such as an oven roasted Moroccan pork chop with curry
couscous and Michigan apple relish. Norman hopes to blend the
authenticity of Mediterranean flavors with the freshness of local
“We’re using a Bread Works bread program,” Norman says, “and Fustini
Oils,” referring to the local purveyor of high-end olive oils and
vinegars.  “It will be an ever-changing menu,” Norman adds.
Norman and Faylor plan to feature their small plates as much as their
large plates.
“We’re doing more small plates to encourage more sharing,” Norman says.
The menu also boasts stone-fired pizzas, with a classic Margherita and
a basil pesto, offered currently. Norman says he will likely continue
the Margherita, while adding other options over time. The pizzas are
also featured fare for late nights on the weekend.
Desserts continue the theme, and include a Crème Brule trio, including
classic, pumpkin, and eggnog, as well as a French apple tart with
house-made cinnamon ice cream.
At the bar--made of hand-crafted  alder by local craftsman Jon
Dubay--Palette Bistro offers several Michigan brews on tap, including
offerings from Bell’s, Short’s, and Arbor Brewing among others.
Faylor says, “We’re bringing Michigan back one beer at a time.”
The drink menu also offers a selection of specialty cocktails, such as
the Portuguese Daisy and the French 75, and a wine selection long on
selections from Italy, Spain, and France.
There are no American wines, which as Faylor says, is by design.  “The
wines tie in with the food and differentiates us from City Park,” he
explains. “It’s a user-friendly, well thought out list,” he adds.
In addition to seating on both the main floor and the second floor,
outdoor patios will provide an option for diners in better weather.
Outside on the second floor, a patio will accommodate up to 40
patrons. There is also a smaller lounge area.
Throughout, works by local artists adorn the walls. Organized by
Faylor’s wife Cindy McSurly, the art features oil paintings,
photographs and even colored chalk works.  The art is for sale and
patrons can find links to each artist’s website on Palette Bistro’s
To open, Faylor and Norman have put together a staff of approximately 40.
“We created an opportunity for a lot of people,” Faylor says.
Several long time employees of City Park Grill were promoted as part
of the Palette Bistro opening, and the chef and manager believe they
will add another ten staff members during the busier summer months.
Open seven days a week for dinner, Norman says, “We’re trying to be a
place where you can come in and have a couple of beers and a pizza or
a full dinner.”
All Wine Guys eateries offer a frequent diner program, which is
already in place at Palette Bistro. The restaurant is open seven days
a week for dinner.  For more information about Palette Bistro, or to
make reservations, call them at 231-348-3321 or visit the website at

Palette Bistro is located at 321 Bay Street in Petoskey.  Hours are 4
to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and

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