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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Maple City's Pegtown Station a local favorite

Ross Boissoneau - October 21st, 2013  

Ofttimes the local restaurant is the hub of activity, the heart of a small downtown.

That’s certainly the case in Maple City, where Pegtown Station serves as the de facto meeting place and hospitality center. Friends greet each other as they enter or leave, and the chance to grab a bite with other folks from nearby is certainly a draw.

“The people are amazing. I’ve seen friendships form here – that’s the thing that really catches my eye. Community is so important. It’s very rewarding,” said owner Mary MacDonald.

Oh, and don’t forget the food – from fluffy waffles to pizza, sandwiches and more, Pegtown Station customers leave happy.

At least, that’s what Mary and her husband Dave MacDonald hope. The couple bought the restaurant in 2004 and have both continued its local traditions and expanded its offerings.

“It takes a lot of time and energy, but the people are amazing,”said Mary MacDonald between waiting on tables.


MacDonald says she and her husband love their small town, and when the chance to own their own restaurant in Maple City came up, they jumped at it.

“We really like the area. We’d been in the restaurant business for many years and live just down the street. We saw an opportunity to work for ourselves,” she said.

While Mary was waiting on tables, Dave was busy in the kitchen, serving breakfast to a nearly full house of customers on a Tuesday morning.

The fact the restaurant serves breakfast is one of the changes the MacDonalds made. “There wasn’t anyone serving breakfast in Maple City or Cedar at that time,” said MacDonald. “Dave had been making breakfast in another restaurant, so we thought, why not add breakfast?” Now Pegtown Station is one of the busiest breakfast stops around. Not only do locals flock there after church on Sunday, but weekdays are busy as well.

But breakfast is just the start. The restaurant offers over two dozen different sandwiches, Mexican specialties, a host of salads, baskets and a boatload of different pizzas, including calzones. “The menu is pretty large,” said MacDonald.

Among the most popular items on that large menu are the Greek pizza, a sauceless specialty with garlic-infused olive oil, onions, garlic, feta cheese, fresh spinach leaves, tomatoes, black olives, artichoke hearts, topped with mozzarella.

MacDonald says that and the Station Special (ham, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions & green peppers) are the most-requested pies. “Dave makes our dough fresh, and we make our own sauce,” she said.

For the morning fare, MacDonald says they wanted to offer expected staples along with a few additional, creative choices.

“There’s traditional things like eggs, meat, hashbrowns that people like but maybe don’t want to make at home. But we also added the Southwest Burrito (a burrito filled with scrambled eggs, cheese, peppers, onions and spicy chorizo sausage), and we make our own corned beef hash.

“People ask if we’re going to change the menu, but we like to stay consistent. Plus it’s a small kitchen, and we try to use ingredients were already using. That way we can use things efficiently and not have a lot of leftovers.”

She says it’s all about pleasing the customers. “We knew there were popular items. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”

“But we added a few specialty items.” MacDonald says a couple of those specialties have become favorites. “The eggs Benedict and Greek omelette. The Hollandaise sauce is made fresh each morning.”


The consistent approach extended to their decision to keep the restaurant’s name when they bought it rather than come up with something new. “It’s the original name of the town, and since everybody knew it as Pegtown Station, we thought we didn’t want to change it,” she said.

In addition to its 30 or so seats – get there early for Sunday breakfast – MacDonald says Pegtown Station also boasts a busy to-go business. “We have a lot of take-out business, a lot of pizza and sandwiches,” she said.

MacDonald says the chance to serve the community is very rewarding. But she’s also found the restaurant drawing people from further away than central Leelanau County. “When people come here from Traverse City or Northport – that surprised me big time,” she said.

Understandable. But if a hometown atmosphere and a menu that offers traditional favorites and a few additional treats finds favor among the locals, why shouldn’t it be attractive to others as well?

Pegtown Station is located at 8654 S. Maple City Rd. in the middle of Maple City’s downtown. Call 228-6692. Online, you can see the menu at PegtownStation.net or visit its Facebook page. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays till 8 p.m.

Don’t miss: The Greek Omelette, with spinach, red onions, black olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, garlic, feta & mozzarella cheese.

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