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 - May 29th, 2013  
MOOSE JAW JUNCTION offers a taste of Pellston’s history

To get the full story on Moose Jaw Junction, you have to take a trip back in time.

In the late 1860s, Kevin Kruzel’s greatgreat grandfather, Valentine Schlosser, found his way to Northern Michigan. It was just after the Civil War and Schlosser had gone through a traumatic time, losing his right hand during the Battle of Piedmont. Michigan seemed like a nice, peaceful place to be.

Schlosser had a son, Edwin, who married Matilda Lark, the daughter of the founder of Larks Lake, Michigan.

Edwin and Matilda eventually had a son, Arthur, who grew up working with his father in the nearby Moose Jaw Lumber Camp. Arthur, in his later years, would become grandfather to Kevin Kruzel.

So when it came time for Kruzel to take over a restaurant/bar in the Larks Lake community near Pellston, he knew it would be fitting to name the restaurant Moose Jaw Junction, after the lumber camp that had played such a role in his family history.


“The original bar was actually opened in 1946,” Kruzel explains. “It was named Round Lake Bar and Larks Lake Bar before it became Moose Jaw Junction.”

Kruzel grew up just a few miles from the original bar, in the same Larks Lake location, and frequented it often.

“I was in management with La Senorita Restaurants for many years, after working for Pepsi in management for a time, and I needed to get back into the food business,” Kruzel says. “And the location was fitting.”

Kruzel purchased the bar in 1999, and continued expanding its small-town, homegrown legacy.

While Moose Jaw Junction is well off of the beaten path for most travelers, those more willing to seek it out will find a genuine slice of rustic Up North appeal. “We seem to draw from all over,” Kruzel chuckles. “We have a family-friendly atmosphere, and strong local flavor.”


Part of the draw is probably the welcome mat that Moose Jaw sets out for the sporting types among its customers. They offer a softball league with a field right next door, and are located on the ATV and snowmobile trails. But the rest of the bar/ restaurant’s appeal is in the menu.

“I really feel we offer a great menu with reasonable prices,” Kruzel says. “We offer burgers with fresh ground meat from the local meat market, a Friday Fish Fry to die for, and great shrimp and ribs on Saturdays.”

The fish fry, a popular staple of Moose Jaw Junction, features battered cod served with fries, cole slaw, and a roll, but you’d better get there early if you want a seat - at $11.95 all-you-can-eat, the fish fry is often packed to the gills - pun intended.

But that’s only one component of the Moose Jaw menu.

“My favorite item on the menu is actually our sizzling fajitas, either steak or chicken,” Kruzel enthuses.


Appetizers from battered mushrooms to hot wings to “Boscos” (breadsticks with mozzarella and marinara) set you up for your salad choices - the Black n’ Bleu Salad with romaine, bacon, steak, and crumbled bleu cheese and the classic Caesar being just two choices.

“Northern Style Chili” is offered alongside ever-changing soups of the day, sandwiches range from the Moose Jaw Club (a BLT and cheeseburger all in one) to the Buffalo Chicken Wrap, and entrees include a halfdozen burger choices, broiled whitefish, parmesan shrimp, the Moose Jaw rib eye steak, and even several choices of pizzas and Mexican entrees.

Moose Jaw is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner; all of their menu and daily specials can be found on their website if you’d like to take a peek ahead of your visit.

It’s hearty food for adventurous road warriors, who will be rewarded with big portions and local conversation in an atmosphere that could just as easily be found in Marquette - or on the old small-town-inthe-wilderness TV show “Northern Exposure” - as it is near Pellston.

“Really, we are an Upper Peninsula restaurant in the middle of (lower) Northern Michigan,” Kruzel explains.

Moose Jaw Junction is located at 966 W. Van Road in Pellston, phone 231- 539-8528. They may be found online at www.moosejawjunction.com.

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