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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Diners Catch a Flick at SCOVIE’S

Ross Boissoneau - February 3rd, 2014  

In Charlevoix, dinner and a movie has been elevated to an art form.

On occasional Saturdays, diners at Scovie’s Gourmet Deli & Bake Shop are treated to a feature film and special menu that complements the movie.

A recent showing of “Dirty Dancing,” a classic dance film set in the the 60’s era Catskills, included oysters Rockefeller, shrimp cocktail, French onion soup, poached salmon, chicken in puff pastry and grasshopper pie.

“We made a special menu for that movie,” said Sherl McEnhill, the front of the house manager. “It was an old-time resort menu.”


Scovie’s great food and welcoming atmosphere make it a regular stop for locals and visitors alike.

Owner Vi Keller’s interior is fun and festive. Bright and colorful walls feature various artworks. The front windows look out onto the street and the lakeside park, which is the hub of many community activities.

The restaurant has gone through a series of expansions over time. Last year a large dining room was added where the movies are shown.

Also new this past year is the Class C liquor license.

“[You] can get a glass of wine or a cocktail with dinner,” said McEnhill. “That’s a very nice complement to our food.”


The down-home fare features favorites like the Scovie’s BLT, which has a pound of bacon; the California BLT, which adds cheese and avocado spread to that pile of bacon; panini sandwiches like Bordeaux, with turkey, brie and caramelized onions in red wine; and the grilled Tree Hugger, with grilled zucchini, summer squash, roasted red pepper, eggplant, sweet red onions with pesto and Swiss cheese.

Wraps are international in flavor, featuring the tastes of Jamaica, Asia, and Greece, with ingredients like jerk chicken, curry-mayo, rice noodles, and Thai peanut sauce. There’s also a complete selection of burgers.

On the dinner side, fish favorites include parmesan-crusted tilapia and grilled salmon. Shrimp, quesadillas, pasta, ribs and beef also play a role.


McEnhill says the northern Michigan chicken salad and the burgers are the most requested items on the menu.

“The salad has dried cherries and toasted almonds with secret spices,” she says.

At dinner time, she says patrons often choose the pecan-crusted walleye, topped with an amaretto beurre blanc. But better still is the sautéed perch, finished with white wine and lemon.

Those who prefer chicken most often opt for the chicken Jerusalem, chicken breast sautéed with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and kalamata olives, then finished in a chardonnay cream sauce.

The adventurous could always go for the zing of the rasta Cajun pasta: grilled chicken meets andouille sausage, sautéed with peppers and onions before being finished with a Cajun cream sauce.


The restaurant started as a takeout bakery and expanded over time. Scovie’s also offers custom-made cakes and catering as well.

The gradual expansion has enabled the restaurant to weather economic storms while encompassing new trends and flavors.

In the summer, Scovie’s also expands from its cozy 50+ seats inside to seating outdoors, giving customers a better view of the lake.


Dinners and salads start at $8; though a green salad is $5. Appetizers begin at $6. Sandwiches (available all day) begin at $6.50.

Movie nights cost $5 plus the cost of dinner. Scovie’s is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. As of Mother’s Day, hours expand to include Sunday brunch.

Scovie’s is located at 111 Bridge St. Call (231) 237-7827, visit scovies. com, or check out its Facebook page at facebook.com/scovies.

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