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: Lulu‘s Bistro Short‘s Beer Dinner/ Short‘s Black Licorice Lager

Rick Coates - April 18th, 2011
LuLu’s Bistro
Short’s Beer Dinner
Chef Michael Peterson has been a fixture on the Northern Michigan culinary scene for the past 20 years. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America and training in Paris at the prestigious Le Grenadine, Peterson returned to his native Northern Michigan and launched the popular Spencer Creek Landing in Alden. In 2001, along with his wife Rebecca, he moved his culinary talents to downtown Bellaire and opened LuLu’s Bistro. They also recently opened Siren Hall in Elk Rapids.
In its 10 years of operation LuLu’s has helped to revitalize Bellaire. Toss in Short’s Brewing Company that opened seven years ago and the recent restoration of Shanty Creek Resort, and the Antrim County community has become a year-round destination.
The synergy between Short’s Brewing Company and LuLu’s was instantaneous. Patrons of both establishments have been known to bounce between locations, either going to Short’s for brews and then heading to LuLu’s for dinner, or heading to Short’s for after-dinner beers. When Short’s first opened its brewery Lulu’s was among the first restaurants to offer their neighbor’s brews on tap.
Despite only being 100 yards, apart LuLu’s and Short’s have yet to come together to offer a beer dinner until now. On Thursday April 21 the first Short’s Beer Dinner will take place and the culinary talents of both Peterson and Chef de Cuisine Henry Bisson will be on display.
Cocktail hour starts at 6 pm and the first course will start at 6:30pm. As with Short’s eclectic approach to brewing, the five course dinner is unique with some not so typical culinary offerings and the menu is loaded with locally grown items. For fans of Short’s brewing diversity you will not be disappointed.
The LuLu’s Short’s Beer Dinner is a sure bet, seating is limited and advance reservations are suggested. To view the menu check out lulusbistro.com or call them at 231-533-5252. --Rick Coates

Short’s Black
Licorice Lager

Joe Short opened his Bellaire brewing operations seven years ago this month. In a very “short” period of time he has grown Short’s into one of the top craft breweries in Michigan (the state now has over 90 breweries and counting) with a nationwide reputation. His brews have become so popular elsewhere that craft-beer enthusiasts from other states plan Northern Michigan vacations to visit his downtown brewpub.
Success for Short’s has required them to expand brewing operations to Elk Rapids to accommodate larger equipment and a bottle line to keep up with demand. Between the two locations Short’s will employ close to 50 people this summer.
Short and his team have developed some wild beers over the years, like a Peanut Butter & Jelly brew. Most recently their Carrot Cake Ale has been a big hit and they even tried a Michigan wild mushroom ale. The beer dinner this week (see Tastemakers) will feature a couple of standards but will also offer some unique brews such as the Black Licorice Lager.
This is a seasonal brew released every year at this time and Joe Short describes it this way: “Chocolate and roasted malt characteristics compliment the additions of Madagascar vanilla bean, anise, and fresh chocolate mint. Vanilla aromas greet the nose and are tasted in the initial flavors, followed quickly by the anise. The finish, especially when the beer warms a bit, show cases the crisp, sweet chocolate mint.”
The Black Licorice Lager has been receiving excellent reviews and took a Bronze Medal at the 2010 World Beer Championships. The LuLu’s culinary team on Thursday night will pair this with their dessert offering Le Succès an Anise Meringue, Mint Chocolate Mousse with Almond Espresso Dust, served over Vanilla Coconut Ice cream. While the Short’s Black Licorice Lager lends itself nicely as a dessert beer, do not overlook this brew during the cocktail hour, especially with Brie. For dinner pair with grilled duck and a black licorice sauce.
Short’s Black Licorice Lager is available in six-pack bottles so look for it at various beer retailers around Northern Michigan. For more info on Short’s beers check out www.shortsbrewing.com --Rick Coates
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