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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Bungalow Inn

Ross Boissoneau - May 16th, 2011
Bungle in to Manistee’s Bungalow Inn
By Ross Boissoneau
There’s no pretension at the Bungalow Inn. But if you’re looking for
service with a smile and excellent food – award-winning food, according to
various surveys – then you’re in the right place.
Owner Dave Gunia is justifiably proud of his restaurant. After
consistently winning awards from local publications, including Best Prime
Rib and Best Burgers from the Express, it’s easy to see why.
While the Bungalow Inn has been guarding Manistee’s southern border for 20
years, it didn’t start out as an award-winning restaurant. In fact, it
didn’t start out as a restaurant at all, but as a bar catering to
nightlife, with live music and DJs.
But changes in lifestyles and a desire to serve a broader part of the
public led Gunia to change the Bungalow Inn’s focus, first adding burgers
and sandwiches, then a full menu. When the local Big Boy closed a few
years ago, he expanded the menu by adding breakfast.
“We changed from a club to a food and drink establishment,” he said.

Now he calls it a family restaurant and sports bar, with a separate
banquet room. And even in these challenging economic times, the restaurant
is still going strong.
“We’ve had the support of the community,” said Gunia, enjoying a break
after a lunchtime rush that included a full house in the main dining room
and serving a party in the restaurant’s banquet room. “The support of the
locals is crucial. We’re very fortunate.”
While he personally has been recognized for tending bar, you’ll also find
him in the kitchen, cooking up a storm, often working alongside his head
chef, Eric “Big E” Lockhardt. He is still rather amused at the thought of
being in the kitchen.
“I never thought I’d be a full-blown cook,” he said with a smile, ruefully
shaking his head.
But the transition in the restaurant’s business model, which he said began
10 years ago, mandated that change as well. Now he’s at home not only
flipping burgers, but cooking eggs, steaks and seafood.
The menu also boasts salads, ribs & steaks, even Mexican dishes such as
burritos and quesadillas. The latter feature grilled onions, sauteed
mushrooms, and a choice of beef, chicken or seafood.
Among the most popular dishes are the gourmet charbroiled burgers,
including the Southwestern Burger with jalapeno peppers, pepperjack cheese
and salsa, the seafood, and the restaurant’s signature prime rib. “That’s
our most popular item,” Gunia said. “Every year we win awards for it.”

While Gunia is pleased to win awards for his food, he’s most proud of the
awards recognizing his staff. He says the staff, including Big E, are the
best part about working at the restaurant. The Bungalow Inn employs 40
people altogether, according to Gunia.
“They are tremendous,” he said. “I couldn’t do it without them.”
Gunia also recognizes the challenge of owning and operating a restaurant
in the area, with so many having closed and the downtown part of Manistee
host to many empty storefronts. But having been in the business for the
better part of his life (he owned another restaurant before the Bungalow
Inn), he says he’s not going anywhere. “It’s the American dream, owning
your own business,” he said simply. “You do the best you can to succeed.”
If the popularity of the place, reflected in those awards and the
satisfied smiles of the patrons, is any indication, then Gunia and his
staff continue to succeed.
The Bungalow Inn is located on US-31 just south of Manistee.
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