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: Cafe Sante New Holland Brewing Spirit & Beer Dinner/ Avery Brewing The Reverend Belgian Quadruple Ale 3.28/11

Rick Coates - March 28th, 2011
Café Santé New Holland Brewing Spirit and Beer Dinner

At some point Michigan is going to have to address several of its archaic alcohol laws if it wants to be competitive with other states. One example is the inability to sample products at retail outlets, especially high end spirits and wines. Several states allow retailers to have sampling events or a tasting bar aiding in the decision making process which makes investing in $50 bottles of wine or $80 bottles of spirits easier.
In Michigan, consumers either have to take the word of the retailer or go to a tasting dinner at a restaurant like the one Café Santé in Boyne City is hosting on Tuesday April 5. The New Holland Brewing Spirit and Beer Dinner will feature a seven course tasting that will include a combination of their beers and spirits line.
Wine dinners have been popular for years and over the past 10 years beer dinners have grown in popularity and recently “spirits” tasting events have gained popularity. So this is a great concept of blending both a beer and spirits tasting together to showcase these exceptional products by New Holland Brewing.
This Holland, MI based company has become an industry leader here in Michigan in both the craftbrewing and spirits arena with the addition of their micro-distillery five years ago. New Holland’s artisan spirits division has been producing award winning whiskey, rums, brandy, vodka, hopquila and gin and big reason for their success is master distiller Dennis Downing who joined them in 2009. Downing’s passion and his explorative approach has helped make these New Holland spirits “top-shelf” products.
Couple this stellar lineup of spirits and brews with the cuisine from Café Santé in Boyne City and this dinner not only a great tasting opportunity but an exceptional value.
The April 5 dinner starts at 6 p.m. and is $45 and includes tax and tip. Here is a preview of the menu in order of service: Amuse- Bouche (French style bit size appetizer:Caviar canape / Frozen Dutchess citrus vodka, Belgian Moules & Frites: Steamed wild Maine Mussels & Belgium Frites / Golden Cap Saison farmhouse ale, Charcuterie Plate: Prosciutto Ham, Rabbit rillettes, House made Sausages / Charkoota Rye smoked doppelbock lager, Salade: Belgian Endive & Roquefort salad / Mad Hatter IPA, Sorbet: Knickerbocker Gin & Tonic with fresh lime, Fromage: Leelanau aged Raclette served warm / Night Tripper Imperial Stout, Dessert: Envious poached pear & Chocolate raspberry sauce / Envious a pear & raspberry beer. Seating is limited, for more information find the dinner on Facebook by searching Café Santé and call 231-582-8800 for pre-paid reservations.---Rick Coates

Avery Brewing
The Reverend
Belgian Quadrupel Ale

Speaking of tasting dinners, on Tuesday April 5, The Bay Leaf located in Traverse City on Park Street will host a five course beer dinner featuring craftbrews from Colorado based Avery Brewing Company. In addition to a great menu and five different brews the brewery is sending in a representative to talk about each beer. This is a nice addition and typical of these types of dinners having a brewery expert on hand to answer questions.
One of the beers being served will be The Reverend a Belgian Quadrupel Ale (next weeks Bottomsup will discuss Belgian style beers). This tawny colored ale from Avery is a “big beer” and contains several authentic imported Belgian specialty malts. This brew has hints of dark cherries, currants, and molasses with a slight spicy finish. The Reverend is very high in alcohol content (10%) but remains smooth and pairs well with meats and spicy foods. The high alcohol content also allows for cellaring, look for the this beer to continue to evolve over the next four years and expect the flavor profiles to mature. This beer recently won at Gold Medal at the US Beer Tasting Championships.
This beer should be served in a goblet or a nice red wine glass to allow for flavors and aromas to swirl about. Despite being quite smooth this has a slight whiskey burn to it, so this is a sip and savor style brew.
The Avery Brewing Company opened in 1993 and early on they developed a philosophy of brewing what they like to drink versus what the marketplace was demanding. This approach quickly helped Avery develop a following in the competitive Colorado craftbrew market.
The Bay Leaf Avery Brewing dinner has limited seating on April 5. It starts at 6 pm and advance reservations are suggested. Call the Bay Leaf at 231-421-5912 for additional details and to make reservations. --Rick Coates
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