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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Downtown Petoskey Perks Up

Kristi Kates - May 5th, 2014  

Things in downtown Petoskey are perking up for diehard coffee lovers. North Perk Coffee blends a modernmeets-rustic aesthetic with a locally sourced sensibility that’s got locals and visitors alike pouring in.


Former English teacher Brittany Brubaker and her boyfriend John McNeil share owner/manager duties at North Perk, and are both at the shop daily.

“Having my own shop has always been a dream,” said Brubaker. “We fell in love with Petoskey; the downtown Gaslight shopping district was already great, but we knew that we would be able to offer the community a ‘third space’ that was missing.”

The duo wanted a space that would welcome everyone, McNeil said.

“A coffee shop is rewarding [to run] on a daily basis, because of the connection you make with customers,” he said. “We are working hard and having fun!”


Working solely with Michigan roasteries, North Perk brews two roasters’ beans daily: Higher Grounds Trading Co. from Traverse City, and Magnum Coffee Roastery from Nunica/Spring Lake.

They choose “guest” coffees in a “tap house” style to feature the best of other roasters on a rotating basis, Brubaker said.

“The roasting companies we partner with are able to do important work in the coffee industry,” she said. “[The source farms] provide high quality coffees that are fair-trade and organic.”


French press coffee as a single or double serving has already become a North Perk speciality.

“French press is my personal favorite way to enjoy a great cup,” Brubaker said.

The North Perk latte has become a best seller. In it, Cubano-style espresso shots are pulled with raw sugar and whipped up into latte form.

“Our regulars will tell you that it’s a must try!” she said.

Rounding out the menu is the usual complement of espresso drinks, plus tea, chai, hot chocolate, and smoothies.

Almond milk and soy milk are offered as dairy alternatives, and Culligan water is used for all drinks, Brubaker said.


Local, local, local is a big part of North Perk’s mantra. They try to work with as many local companies in general, using bakeries like Johan’s, Crooked Tree Breadworks, and My Sister’s Bake Shop for their daily baked goods, bagels, cookies, and granola bars, some of which are gluten-free and/or vegan.

“Our main focus is providing great drinks, but we also offer a variety of locally sourced foods,” Brubaker said. “We regularly have specials like coffee and a donut, or a bagel and soup – just enough for a quick breakfast or lunch.”


The local mindset also applies to North Perk’s décor. They’ve built their counter from area barn wood, have a locally built stand up paddleboard as wall art, and even had their aprons embroidered locally.

The atmosphere however, is purely theirs. “The shop welcomes you with the smell of coffee from the moment you step in the door, as we don’t have other food-cooking smells mixing in,” Brubaker said. “It’s so inviting – a great meeting place.”

North Perk Coffee is located at 410 E. Lake St. in downtown Petoskey. For hours and specials, telephone (231) 373-0796, visit northperkcoffee.com, or its Facebook page.

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