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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Danielle Horvath - August 12th, 2013  
Sister Act: The Mayfair Tavern Lives On

Two sisters have got it all together in a tiny “West Coast” village with their re-imaged restaurant.

The Mayfair Tavern, dubbed “Elberta’s Country Club,” has been a fixture in the tiny Benzie County hamlet of Elberta since the 1930s. It was owned and operated by several generations of the Luxford family until it was sold in 1998 to Wally Palmer. He did a major renovation of the bar and kitchen and kept the popular gathering spot alive until it was sold in 2007.

It ultimately closed in January, 2012, which was about the same time sisters Katie Condon and Jen Whiting were looking for a business. With financial, business and education backgrounds, they knew they wanted something in Benzie County where they both lived. Once they began to consider the idea of re-opening the Benzie landmark, things just clicked.

The sisters started with a vision and tried to think in line of what the market and community wanted and they soon found they filled a niche.

“It all happened very fast,” Whiting explained. “Last summer, we replaced the roof and upgraded some kitchen equipment and painted the outside ourselves! We opened last fall and had a tremendously successful winter. We are proud to be a piece of the local history, we feel blessed to carry it on.” They named their LLC partnership Living the Dream.

With a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere, a staff that clearly enjoy their jobs, and an affordable menu, the sisters are in the midst of their first full busy summer.

“We want our staff and customers to be comfortable,” Condon said. “We are very proud of everyone who works here; they are a great group and we want this to be a fun place to work. We have some employees that worked for the Luxfords, and we’ve hired one of their granddaughters.”

The new owners are hands-on -- one of them is almost always there, and they wouldn’t want it any other way.

The all-American tavern-style fare includes locally supplied meats, including hand-pressed burgers; homemade meatballs in marinara sauce; the popular wet burrito with the Mayfair’s secret sauce handed down from the original owners; and a 12 oz. NY strip or classic liver & onions.

Their Friday Fish Fry includes all-you-can-eat smelt for $12.95; homemade soup, a variety of chicken wings, salads and sandwiches, lunches run $4-10, dinners $7-$17.

The Mayfair also offers 10 regional beers on tap, including Right Brain, New Holland, Dark Horse, Founder’s, Bells and Petoskey Brewing, as well as local wines from Chateau Chantal, Good Harbor and Mackinaw Trail wineries.

The business keeps 17 people employed year round, and they add another 15 or so during the peak summer season. That might not sound like a lot, but it makes an impact in a village with a year round population of just 370.

Located just north of the blinking light in Elberta, the Mayfair Tavern is open 7 days, 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., all summer. For more info: 231-352-9136 or email: themayfairtavern@gmail.com.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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