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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Kristi Kates - October 29th, 2012  

Chilly Sweets at Mitten’s Yogurt Bar in Charlevoix

It was opened earlier this year by Jan Breithaupt and her son Scott, and it’s still going strong even as the leaves turn. It’s true - sweet treats know no season, especially when those treats are yogurt concoctions as good as those being offered at the new Mitten’s Frozen Yogurt Bar in Charlevoix.

Set in a large, inviting space with contemporary design touches and a colorful host of yogurts and toppings, Mitten’s was inspired by a visit that Jan took to the southeastern U.S.

“I had been doing research on frozen yogurt places for a couple of years, after visiting one in Tennessee with my family,” Breithaupt explains. “I sold my retail store in Petoskey, and my son and I decided to open the yogurt bar together.”

After only a few months (“and lots of hard work,” Breithaupt says), Mitten’s was opened in June, offering a twist on the many ice crème places that can be found across Northern Michigan.

The frozen yogurt is truly self-serve, dispensed via several sets of yogurt spigots that are inset beautifully into the walls and surrounded by a rectangular pattern of brown mosiac tiles. A toppings “bar” - looking much like a salad bar, but with sweets instead of savories - invites customers to add additional fruits, cookies, and other goodies to their frozen yogurt treats.


“The new concept of ‘self serve’ is hitting the markets all over the country,” Breithaupt explains. “People enjoy making the decision of how much, what flavors, and what they want on their sundae. Plus it is a healthier alternative to ice crème.”

Yogurt from Prairie Farms is served at Mitten’s, with the name of the café itself being inspired by its locale.

“The name was chosen because we are based in Michigan, and use Michigan-made yogurt,” Breithaupt says.

Over 40 toppings and sauces are available to go with the yogurt.

“Fresh fruits are a favorite of most,” Breithaupt continues, “but we also have other options like caramel, fudge, marshmallow, gummy bears, M&Ms, nuts, and more. We serve six different flavors of yogurt, and a combo twist on each two, and we change one flavor weekly.”

Breithaupt says that she has a difficult time choosing a favorite flavor because she enjoys them all, but especially Dreamsicle, Key Lime, and Blue Moon.

“You can try more than one,” she says. “Most of our customers end up coming back and trying different flavors each time. Some just want the yogurt plain, and others pile on the toppings. And we have ‘Loyalty Cards’ for the regulars, so you can get a discount after filling the card.”

Business is booming and Breithaupt hopes to stay open Thursdays through Sundays this fall and winter to see how it goes once the crowds thin and the weather turns cold.

And complementing Mitten’s multitude of frozen yogurt options is the café itself, a great setting to sit with your sweets and enjoy the view.

“We have a beautiful deck overlooking Round Lake and the Charlevoix Marina, and inside seating also,” Breithaupt says. “That’s a real plus for the customers.”

Mittens Yogurt Bar is located at 212 Bridge Street in Charlevoix, telephone (231) 437-3338. They may also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MittensFrozenYogurtBar.

CUISINE: Frozen Treats

Price Range: 49 cents per oz., average is 8 oz., so around $4.00

Don’t Miss: Dreamsicle (orange) yogurt with chocolate topping, a terrifically rich contrast in flavors.

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