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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Chez Peres

Al Parker - August 9th, 2010
Chez Peres offers French comfort food
By Al Parker
French cuisine often conjures up images of white linen tables, a pretentious maitre d and entrees smothered in thick, creamy, calorie-laden sauces.
Kick those concepts to the Lake Avenue curb when you visit Traverse City’s newest French bistro, Chez Peres.
“Our food is elegant, but very much down to Earth,” says chef Keil Moshier.
“It’s really French comfort food,” adds chef Eric Fritch, a New Jersey native, who, along with his wife Amy, opened Patisserie Ami in 2005 in a tiny space on the east end of Front Street. Serving mainly brunch items and pastries, the place soon built a solid reputation among the foodie community.
Working with Moshier, they began hosting Bistro Nights, serving traditional French dinner entrees. In the spring of 2008 they moved Patisserie Ami to Lake Avenue where it more than quadrupled the seating to 54.
And as of May 1, under the name Chez Peres or “House of Fathers,” (both are proud Papas) Fritch and Moshier have been offering a glittering assortment of dinners to their growing legion of customers.
They also acquired a liquor license and now offer an interesting assortment of wines and beers. “Things are going really well,” says Fritch. “We had a surprisingly great Cherry Festival.”

So what’s most popular on the menu?
“Our escargot has really taken off,” notes Moshier, who grew up in Kalamazoo and has more than 20 years of restaurant experience.
“Daytime, nighttime, it’s escargot.”
Served with garlic and parsley butter, the Escargot ($6.75) is one of eight hors d’oeuvres offered at Chez Peres. Others include Pulled Pork Confit with tasty, crisp cornichons ($6.50), Pate de Foie of truffled chicken livers on toast points ($6.95) and house-cured Scottish Salmon ($6.50). Vegetarians will want to sample their Ratatouille, featuring Provencal vegetables and served with couscous ($6.25).
Seafood appetizers, or “Fruits Der Mer,” include a half-dozen raw oysters or mussels in cream ($8 each), prawns or calamari ($7.25 each) and scallops ($7.50).
Chez Peres offers four salads, including a seldom-seen Saucisson Sec, a cured sausage confit with bibb lettuce ($5.25).
Beef entrees include a New York Strip with pommes frites ($19) Rib-eye with béarnaise sauce ($22) and Tournedoes de Boeuf with foie gras ($23). A hefty Farmer’s Pork Chop and Macaroni ($19) and a Roasted Half-Chicken ($18) with pommes puree round out the “plats principaux.”
“The popularity of our dinner entrees is pretty balanced,” says Fritch. “We want to be as close to a Parisian bistro as possible.”
Seafood lovers may opt for the Choucroute de la Mer with salmon, mussels and shrimp ($19) the Grilled Ahi Tuna ($19) or Seafood stew featuring fresh pasta ($18).
For couples, there are five different “plats pour deux” including Chateubriand, a beef filet ($54), Roast Rack of Pork ($44) or a whole Roasted Amish Chicken ($40). The meals for two require 24-hour advance orders.
And Patisserie Ami fans will be happy to know that Fritch’s wide assortment of palate-pleasing pastries are still available for breakfast, lunch or dinner desserts.

The relaxing atmosphere of Chez Peres is exquisitely complementary to the comfort food cuisine. The walls, donned in a muted blue with dark chocolate accents, feature classical French scenes, including prints of the Palais de Glace and Theatre de L’Opera. A detailed vintage map of France adds to the Gallic charm of the bistro. Sprigs of fresh flowers brighten each sturdy wooden table.
For those who prefer dining al fresco, there are a dozen or so seats outside at wrought-iron tables under the shade of a brown-and-white striped awning.
“We’re building a real good base (of customers),” says the affable Fritch with a smile. “There’s a real appreciation for this classic bistro food. We want to be here for the long haul, for at least the next 20 years.”

Chez Peres Café, at 237 Lake Avenue in Traverse City, is open Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., 9 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or takeout orders, call (231) 922-9645.

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