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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The Rowe Inn

Kristi Kates - April 15th, 2013  
A Super Supper Club offers Retro Dining

Built in 1947 by the Rowe family, is one of those hidden treasures of Northern Michigan - slightly out-of-the-way in Ellsworth, perhaps, but once you discover it, you won’t soon forget it.

Despite local rumors that The Rowe began its life as something else entirely, its restaurant foundations remain strong, says Chef Tom Webb.

“There has been a long-standing myth that The Rowe is an old cottage,” Webb says, “but it has always been a restaurant, and the name comes from the Rowes. Wes Westhoven bought the building in 1972, and brought the idea of ‘farm to table’ to Northern Michigan at that time. So The Rowe has been a constantly running restaurant since 1947, with two owners.”


Modeled after a quaint French country inn, The Rowe continues that farm-to-table approach today, most often focusing their menus on the latest in-season ingredients, with many of those locally-produced.

A recent peek at The Rowe’s current menu offers such delicious offerings as a Smoked Salmon Tartine with Fromage Blanc, Cucumber, and Dill; a Romaine Chiffonade Salad; a Grilled Aged Ribeye Steak with Marsala-Braised Crimini Mushrooms; and a Bouillabaisse rich with Sea Bass, Shrimp, Scallops, and Mussels.

Of note, the Rowe also boasts a legendary wine cellar with access to some of the world’s finest wines.

Special events also help The Rowe stand out among the other restaurants in the region, with one of the most popular being their upcoming Retro Dinner, billed as “a return to the music and food of the ‘40s and ‘50s.”

“Last year we had a sous-chef who was in a band that plays only ‘40s and ‘50s music,” Webb says. “He brought in a CD of the band, which is the type of music we play frequently in the dining room. I was enthusiastically on board (with the retro dinner idea), as it was the food and music of my parents, who also owned a restaurant.”

Last year’s retro dinner was such a big hit, Webb confirms, that several diners had already asked for The Rowe to bring it back this year.


For the dinner itself, The Rowe’s staff went online and researched through various libraries and other sources, downloading actual menus from the ‘40s and ‘50s and carefully picking items from the past to create for their own retro menu.

“Fine dining restaurants from that era leaned heavily on classic French cuisine, with regional influences and foodstuffs also playing a role in their offerings,” Webb says. “The menu for our dinner will feature many of those classics, like Oysters Rockefeller and Tournedos Rossini (a French steak dish), but with a slightly modern twist and an emphasis on quality of ingredients and precise technique.”

Additional seasoning will be provided for the menu in the form of the music, which this year will be a live band called Unfourgettable.

“Restaurants in the ‘50s were known as ‘supper clubs,’ and always offered live music to accompany the food,” Webb says.

“And as one diner commented last year, the only difference between a ‘supper club’ of that era and the experience at The Rowe during our event was the enjoyable absence of a cloud of blue cigarette smoke,” he laughs. “We will have a lot of fun.”

The Rowe Inn’s retro dinner - “An Encore 40s and 50s Review” - will take place on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m. Other upcoming events include their Morel Dinner and ongoing Sunday Brunches. For reservations and/or more info, contact The Rowe Inn at 6303 East Jordan Road in Ellsworth at 231-588-7351.

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