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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Johan's Expands Their Empire

Kristi Kates - November 25th, 2013  

Johan’s is a long-standing tradition in the Petoskey-Harbor Springs-Boyne area. Anyone who lives near one of their bakeries knows the scent of fresh-baked pastries and bread that begins early in the morning, tempting passers-by to stop in for breakfast, lunch, or just a treat.

Twenty-five years in to making their popular baked goods, which include pastries, donuts, bagels, breads, cakes, and pies, Johan’s is expanding again, to the delight of their fans. They’ve added two new outlets to their empire (now totaling five Johan’s locations in all), which is run by hard-working owner Clayton Brown.


This past summer, Johan’s of Walloon Lake opened, a triple threat that features Johan’s baked goods as well as ice crème and specialty coffees. A patio overlooks Walloon Lake itself, while the décor is very Up North vintage, in line with the rest of Johan’s other friendly locations.

Their second new locale, Johan’s Burger Express, is a bit of a diversion for Johan’s, as they strive to take quick-serve food to a whole new level.

“It’s great food, at a great price,” Jason Miller says simply. Miller, general manager of the new Burger Express, is helping carry out Brown’s goals of quality and freshness at their M-119 locale, which adds on even more convenience to Johan’s offerings via Burger Express’ drive-through and carry out options.

“With the building having a drive-through window, we’re competing with other quickserve establishments, with the exception of our superior products,” Miller explains.

Johan’s Burger Express starts early each day, opening at 7 a.m. and offering breakfast sandwiches made either on a fresh Johan’s bagel or a croissant, plus breakfast burritos and more. Keeping the quality high continues at Burger Express during their lunch and dinner services, where Johan’s burgers are paired with fresh Johan’s buns that are produced at the bakery daily.

“Not too many fast-food outlets make their own buns,” Miller says. “It’s just one of the many things that set us apart from the competition.”


All of the burgers are fresh, as well (“never frozen,” Miller says), and can be dressed to order or chosen from the menu.

“You can get a custom-crafted burger made special for you, or you can get one of our presets, like the J Burger, which is like a classic cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, pickle, ketchup, and mustard; or our Claymaker, made with sauteed onions, mushrooms, provolone, and a mild horsey sauce,” Miller says.

Wraps, panini, and salads are also offered at Burger Express. Miller says that the Beef Brisket Panini is one of their most popular so far, served on Johan’s homemade Everything bagel bread, with its savory-salty mix of seasonings.

“And don’t hesitate to try one of the fresh soups made from scratch, like our White Chicken Chili, which is always a good choice at any time of the year,” Miller enthuses.

Completing the menu roundup are Johan’s beverages, which make great accompaniments to any menu item, from coffee to sodas. Milkshakes are even available, in the traditional chocolate/strawberry/vanilla flavors, or a couple of more unique options, as Miller explains. “This season, we are featuring our Pumpkin Spice shake as well as our new Java shake, which is a nice alternative to an iced coffee,” he says.

And, of course, desserts are a no-brainer, with Johan’s legendary donuts available to choose from.

Located just five miles from two of Northern Michigan’s most popular ski hills, Boyne Highlands and Nub’s Nob, Johan’s Burger Express is poised to become the Next Big Thing in Johan’s lineup. Open until 9 p.m., they’re ready to serve the winter ski rush, with a spacious dining area inside, plus drive-through and carryout open all day, through ski season and beyond.

“We make it easy to fill up when you’re on the go,” Miller says.

Johan’s Burger Express is located at 3473 M-119 between Petoskey and Harbor Springs, telephone 231-242-4800. Visit their Facebook at www.facebook.com/Johansburgerexpress. They can also be found on Yelp, UrbanSpoon, and Yahoo. Text CLAYMAKER to 411247 to join their mailing list for deals and specials.

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