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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Port City Organics

Ross Boissoneau - June 13th, 2011
Port City Organics:‘Real Food’ and a healthful message in Manistee
By Ross Boissoneau
If you’re looking for a magic potion, a fountain of youth, you’re pretty
much out of luck.
But if you’re looking for the best that man can currently offer in the way
of healthy foods, even massage or meditation, you’re in the right place.
That right place is Port City Organics Real Food Market & Wellness Center,
located at 321 1st Street in Manistee. There you’ll find organic and wild
foods and supplements, familiar names such as Food for Thought, Stone
House Bread, Pleasanton Brick Oven Bakery, Higher Grounds coffee.
“We call it a real food market – there’s no real definition of a natural
food or natural product,” said Joe Dumas, who along with his wife Lori
owns the operation.
While most patrons peruse the shelves, checking out the vitamins, soaps,
and various foodstuffs, the eastern part of the building is the wellness
center, complete with massage therapy and meditation. Dumas said adding
that to the food portion just made sense.

If the store looks the part of a drugstore, it comes by it naturally
enough. It served as such for over 100 years, and Dumas even has a photo
of his father exiting the original store. In fact, he credits his father
with stimulating his interest in a healthy diet.
“My father was an ironworker and a drinker, and he fell while putting up
some steel,” he recounted. “He was supposed to die, but he changed his
diet around.”
That change certainly impressed Dumas. And apparently it did his dad too,
who lived to be 89.
Those thoughts stayed with Dumas as he pondered what direction to take
when he lost his job due to the economic downturn, which affected Manistee
at least as much as anyplace else in Northern Michigan. Eventually he
decided that being a store owner had potential, and he and Lori closed the
store July 21, 2005, four years to the day after the photo of his Dad, and
opened the new location in April of last year.
Now he proudly strolls the aisles, pointing to favorite products and
favorite customers alike.
Quorn is one of those favorite products, a line of meat substitutes. “The
taste, texture, appearance. It’s healthy, it’s great.”
Another favorite is Bardic Wells Mead. “It’s from Whitehall. It’s
Michigan’s only licensed meadery,” he said.
Also coming in for praise is the Hilltop Soda Shoppe in Benzonia, which
provides ice cream to the store; Greek yogurt by Greek Gods; gluten-free
breads; Cream Cup Dairy, for its cheese curds.

Then there are organic dog and cat foods; vitamins and other supplements;
shampoos, conditioners, and body lotions from such companies as Avalon
Dumas says the goal of the store is to provide customers with alternatives
to the items one would find in a more traditional store, alternatives that
are both healthier and even taste better.
“There are no artificial additives. We’re trying to be as non-GMO
(genetically modified organisms) as possible,” Dumas said.
“What we’re offering are good foods and products.”
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