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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Buffalo Wild Wings

Ross Boissoneau - February 21st, 2011
Fly like a Buffalo… ‘Wild’ new restaurant earns its wings
By Ross Boissoneau
It’s not the wild wild west, but the wings at the newly-opened Buffalo
Wild Wings are indeed as wild as you want them to be.
That’s because you can choose from a bevy of sauces, ranging from mild to
blazing, each with its own special flavor.
Teriyaki? Check. Honey BBQ? Check. Parmesan Garlic, Caribbean Jerk, Mango
Habanero? Check, check and check.
Ranging from mild to Blazin’ – that’s actually one of the flavors, the
hottest one – the sauces are meant to complement the restaurant’s namesake
chicken wings.
And they must be on to something. Since its opening adjacent to the Grand
Traverse Mall on Feb. 7, the restaurant has been busier than its most
optimistic projections.
“It’s been a lot busier than we expected,” admitted Sarah Elling, the
restaurant’s general manager. In fact, she said the restaurant had the
best opening week of any of the franchisee’s locations. “The best had been
Marquette, and it opened in June,” she noted.

Elling, a 12-year veteran of the franchise who has worked for this
particular ownership group for over a decade, said the restaurant has
typically had a line during typical dining hours.
Not to worry though, as she said the staff has been able to keep up with
the demand and keep the waits manageable, both in line and at the table.
They try to get the food to the table in 13 minutes, and Elling says
they’re doing pretty well having thus far averaged about 17 minutes. The
longest anyone has had to wait has been a half hour, during the busiest
And Elling said hardly anyone has minded the slightly longer wait.
“Everyone’s really excited,” she said. “I try to stay a minute at tables
(when visiting with guests), and I’m staying five to ten minutes. We
haven’t had many complaints.”
Given the excitement level that preceded the restaurant’s opening, that’s
perhaps not surprising. Then there’s the extensive menu, which gives
patrons a number of choices, from burgers to salads, ribs and wraps,
nachos, even French-fried pickle chips.
Or maybe it’s just the quality of the folks up north.
“The people here are the most polite people I’ve ever encountered,” Elling

48 TVs
In addition to its extensive menu, Buffalo Wild Wings also offers sports
on TV. Lots of sports. Lots of TVs. Elling said they purchased 48
monitors, located throughout the restaurant. You can catch a couple
college basketball games, a replay of the Wings latest hockey game, maybe
wrestling, and of course a couple different ESPN broadcasts. Throw in
trivia and poker, played at your table with a Buzztime player, and other
games, and there’s certainly no lack of stimulation.
And if the guests are excited, so is Elling. Not only because of the
restaurant’s performance so far, but because she’s looking forward to its
sister restaurant opening soon.
“Bagger Dave’s (noted for its burgers and fries) is going to be opening
soon. I can’t wait.”
Much the way people here felt regarding Buffalo Wild Wings.

Buffalo Wild Wings is located next to M.C. Sports and CityMac, near Grand
Traverse Mall in TC. It’s open 11 to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, till
2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to midnight on Sundays.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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