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 - October 24th, 2012  

Aaron and Nikki Ackley serve wines from their own Longview Winery, which is located adjacent to their restaurant in Leelanau County.

Wine & Dine at Cedar Rustic Inn

When the Cedar Rustic Inn opened in 2006, owners Aaron and Nikki Ackley wanted to be all things to all people.

But in the years since, their patrons have helped the restaurant evolve. The Cedar Rustic Inn in Leelanau County now specializes in what some might think of traditional food, such as pot roast and fried chicken, but all expertly prepared.

“It’s Northern Michigan, so you have to have walleye and perch on the menu,” said Nikki. “When I have new servers, I have to tell them not to put a knife next to the ribs,” a fall-off-the-bone specialty.

Aaron continues the story.

“A big seller is the pot roast,” he said. “And the (beef) stroganoff – how often do you see that in restaurants?”
While favorites include the roast, ribs and Tuscan Chicken Marsala, another of the draws is the breakfast. And it’s not just for early risers.

“We had so many people asking for breakfast in the middle of the day, we sell more breakfast during lunch than lunch,” said Aaron.

So now breakfast is available until 4 p.m ., with the exception of omelettes, which are discontinued after 11 a.m.

A recent addition to the menu is wine from the family’s Longview Winery next door. Aaron says the ability to serve the wine at the Inn is a boon for both businesses. “We worked a long time to be able to offer Longview wines,” said Aaron. The restaurant now holds wine dinners most months. The reservation-only dinners take place on Tuesday evenings, a night the restaurant is normally closed.

For the rest, the Cedar Rustic Inn is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. To 8:30 p.m., Fridays till 9, Saturdays from 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays 8 to 8.

The Cedar Rustic Inn is located on the north end of Cedar at 8699 S. Good Harbor Trail. Phone 228-2282. 

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