Happy Hour

A weekly snapshot of Happy Hours around the region…


FireFly
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

Fred's
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.

MONEY'S PLATTE RIVER INN:
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.

BC LANES FAMILY ENTERTAIMENT CENTER:
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.

CHINA ONE:
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.

A&W:
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.

BIG BUCK BREWERY & STEAKHOUSE:
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.

THE NEW YORK RESTAURANT:
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.

EMPIRE VILLAGE INN: 
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.

JESPERSON'S:
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.
 
CUPPA JOE:
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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Little Traverse Inn: Gastro Pub

Rick Coates - October 1st, 2012

Fish and Chips

Finding authentic “fish and chips” is not always an easy task as there are lots of “posers” out there. The Little Traverse Inn Gastro Pub located on the Leelanau Peninsula between Glen Lake and Leland (at the former North location) offers a signature fish and chips dish prepared in the English tradition.
As described on their menu, the “Fish and Chips features flakey cuts of the finest fish, gift wrapped in a Yorkshire Beer Batter and served with our signature double boiled, fresh cut, Inn Fries.”
   The homemade tarter sauce was a nice touch and this generous portion was quite tasty.  While beer (they offer a diverse beer menu) is the obvious pairing for this dish, I decided to step out and pair with a glass of Scotch from their impressive Singe Malt menu. The meal was capped of perfectly with their Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert. Other menu considerations include the Shepard’s Pie and Irish Lamb Stew both are as authentic as they come.
The “gastro pub” concept is a blending of an English Isles public house (that is essentially the local hangout) with bar fare that has some flair to it. Prices here are very reasonable and fall somewhere between a shot-and-a-beer joint and fine dining.
The Little Traverse Inn Gastro Pub is a quaint place that is somewhat off the beaten path but certainly worth seeking out. They have overnight rooms available, so consider making a weekend out of it and split time between Glen Lake and Leland during the day. For a look at their menu and overnight accommodation options go to littletraverseinn.com.

New Belgium Red Hoptober

Last month New Belgium Brewing Company from Fort Collins, Colorado introduced their beers into the Michigan market with a lot of fanfare. The beers have been well received in Northern Michigan, in particular Fat Tire, their flagship beer. Everywhere you look New Belgium brews abound with retailers and restaurants featuring some or all of the available beers from America’s third largest microbrewer.
With fall upon us, New Belgium has their seasonal ale, Red Hoptober available. This dark garnet ale features three varieties of hops, El Dorado from Central Washington along with Centennial and Cascade. The result is a roasted piney aroma with citrus hints.
“Red Hoptober is a terrific transition from hot weather’s lighter beers into the warm embrace of winter beers,” said New Belgium Brewer Grady Hull. “We recommend this beer as a perfect pairing for any of your autumn activities.”
Enjoy in a globe style beer glass for maximum aroma intake. This beer has an earthy taste to it with a hint of chocolate. Pair with wild game and roasted fall vegetables. The label suggests that it pairs nicely after a day a fly-fishing, so a riverside picnic with smoked fish and cheeses would be perfect.
This beer works well for the craftbrew connoisseur with big expectations, while being very approachable for newcomers to the microbrew scene.
Red Hoptober is 6% ABV, 45 IBUs and is available throughout Northern Michigan now through October. For more info on New Belgium Brewing Company and all of their beers go to newbelgium.com.
 
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