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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Ross Boissoneau - August 15th, 2011

By Ross Boissoneau

It’s not often that death immediately confronts you when you enter a
But there it is, in the dessert case just inside the door at Xylo
Bistro/Cafe: Brownies to Die For.
Not that they’re really lethal or anything. But the huge, rich, flourless
brownie (“It’s more like fudge!” excitedly says waitress Jackie Kohl) is
ample evidence of Xylo’s commitment to creating interesting foodstuffs
that are a little off the beaten path.
That only makes sense for a restaurant tucked into the backside of a
building in the warehouse district. “We’re kind of hard to find,” admitted
owner/chef Matthew Walheim.
But if Xylo isn’t necessarily easy to find, it’s worth the effort. Walheim
has created an eclectic menu, with such items as Tilapia Tosca, Green
Curry Chicken, whitefish pate, and grilled focaccia pizza in a variety of

If some of the items on the menu seem familiar, then you must have
ventured to Suttons Bay to the Silvertree Deli. Walheim was the chef at
the Silvertree until it closed in December 2010. Now many of the favorite
items from that menu have been reborn, such as the Covered Wagon, a
chocolate pastry in the shape of, well, a covered wagon. Other pastries
include flan and carrot cake, there’s a host of cookies, and don’t forget
those brownies.
“Maggie (pastry chef Magdelena Bagi) does a great job,” said Walheim
In addition to the pastries, Xylo offers a variety of salads, lunch
plates, starters & sides, sandwiches and subs. Most of them are available
for carryout, a tradition which developed from Silvertree and was
furthered by Xylo’s relationship with Right Brain Brewery next door, which
doesn’t serve food but allows patrons to bring their own foodstuffs.
Walheim says there are a number of unique items on the menu. “We do
calamari a little differently than most people,” he said proudly, noting
the squid is cut into strips and served with a Citrus Buerre Blanc.
Another popular item is the Chicken Paprikash. In fact, Walheim says it’s
his personal favorite. “It’s one dish I just never get tired of,” he said
of the chicken simmered with peppers and onions, and served over homemade
dumplings in a sour cream sauce.

The interior of the restaurant is just as interesting and eclectic as the
menu. Bright sage and orange walls complement the dark brown tables and
metal chairs. Open rafters, hanging lights, and a small stage complete the
warm, friendly, and engaging interior.
And this is just the start. Walheim is hoping to get a liquor license to
enable him to serve beer and wine at least. “People like to have a glass
of wine with dinner,” Walheim said.
And the new dinner menu is currently in development. Walheim hopes to
introduce it within a week or so.
In the meantime, patrons can enjoy the subs, burgers, and ethnic fare,
along with the complete coffee bar.

Xylo is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and until 10 Friday and
Saturday. Sundays it is open from 11 to 4. Located at 221 Garland St.
Suite D in TC’s Warehouse District, next to Right Brain Brewery. Its
Facebook page is xylo-bistro-cafe. Call 421-9200.

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