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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Boyne City gets chocolate covered

Kristi Kates - February 7th, 2011
Boyne City Gets Chocolate-Covered
By Kristi Kates
Intially spearheaded - or perhaps dunked is a better word - by Boyne City’s Linn Williams, who retired to Boyne City from Ann Arbor with her husband Glen several years ago, this weeken’s Chocolate-Covered Boyne event aims its cupid’s arrow at promoting Valentine’s Day, Boyne City itself, and of course, chocolate, says the fest’s assistant organizer Jamie Baumann.
“Linn has been the primary organizer, and has worked very hard to make this event successful,” Baumann explains. “It began when the Main Street promotions committee felt that an event was needed around Valentine’s Day to promote the community in a special way and give visitors a reason to come to town.”

And now, an otherwise fairly slow weekend in Boyne City looks like it’s going to be a whole lot sweeter. Many of the downtown businesses are participating - which, Baumann laughs, isn’t really that big of a surprise, given the great Boyne City community and the impetus of the theme itself.
“Who doesn’t love chocolate?” she asks. “It fits well with the great restaurants in downtown Boyne City, as well as Kilwin’s and the Alpine Chocolate Haus. Boyne City has become a dining destination for visiting skiers and locals from around the area.”

Baumann’s favorite “look forward-tos” of the Chocolate-Covered Boyne weekend are two special drinks, she says - “the lattes that will be offered by Water Street Café, and cappuccinos by Sante,” she says, “both sound absolutely delicious.”
Treats, discounts, and special events will be taking place all weekend, including those aforementioned coffee drinks and a whole lot more. The big performance news for Chocolate-Covered Boyne is over at Freshwater Studios, where they will be presenting the “Wine, Women, Chocolate, and Song” event with tunes from Robin Lee Berry, Rachael Davis, Kathy Lamar, and special guest Ruby Williams. The Boyne District Library is also entertaining during the weekend with their chocolate-covered story hour - complete with treats - and the rest of Boyne City is participating in unique themed ways, as well.
Many of the clothing stores will be offering discounts on “chocolate-colored” clothing items, Baumann says, and other businesses are putting their own spin on the weekend’s theme. Lynda’s Real Estate is putting together chocolate houses in line with their business, Beyond Borders is featuring “chocolate-themed jewelry,” and Boyne Co-op True Value is keeping the pets included in the fun by giving out dog treats. And oh boy, the chocolate...

Most participating business are featuring chocolate either as a special menu item or a complimentary treat, from Red Mesa’s chocolate quesadilla to Cafe Sante’s chocolate mousse dessert, Huff Pharmacy and Cindi Franco’s respective individual takes on handmade chocolate truffles, special chocolate shakes offered with the hamburger meal deals at Thick n’ Juicy, and 25-cent hot chocolates at Boyne County Provisions.
“Every person I called about participating thought of a way to promote the theme and provide great discounts for customers in their stores and restaurants,” says Baumann. “It’s a natural theme right before Valentine’s Day.”

The Chocolate-Covered Boyne Weekend will take place February 11 and 12 throughout downtown Boyne City.

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