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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The Metro

Ross Boissoneau - August 22nd, 2011
The Metro blends Greek & Coney Traditions
By Ross Boisonneau
To paraphrase Dorothy, “We’re not in Arby’s anymore, Toto.”
That’s for sure. The former Arby’s at Chum’s Corners in Traverse City has
been transformed into The Metro, and about the only thing it shares with
its former resident is the building. But even that has been transformed,
to a more funky, urban vibe.
Co-owner Paul Barbas eagerly points out the differences, starting with the
décor. He points to the paintings on the wall, suggestive of Diego Rivera,
the Mexican muralist whose large-scale murals celebrating working men and
women decorate many parts of Barbas’s native Detroit. Only in these
paintings, the subjects are often seen with gyros in hand, or on an
assembly line turning out coney dogs.
Then there’s the bold yet neutral colors and the newly-installed tin
ceiling, and those still looking for fast food will be nonplused by the
fact there is no longer a drive-through.
Yes, yes, but what about the food?
Ah, yes, the menu. With omelets, coney dogs, gyros and ribs, the menu is a
far cry from the place with the tall hat and the curly fries. It’s much
more similar to Opa!, Barbas’s first restaurant in the area.

While Barbas grew up in the Detroit area, his family hails originally from
northern Greece, near the Macedonian border. He grew up in the restaurant
business, and though he and his wife Brigette worked in other professions,
he admits that the restaurant business was in his blood.
So when they moved to the area, perhaps it was inevitable that the food
industry would win out.
First Opa!, now The Metro. Both feature food derived from his heritage,
along with a few nods to his hometowns old and new.
Frankfurter fans can have their dogs prepared in a number of ways. Barbas
patiently explains the difference between Detroit style, Flint style and
Chicago style.
“Flint style is not really a chili but a topping. It’s kind of sloppy joe
consistency but dryer. Detroit style is more like the chili dog, with a
looser, wetter chili. And Chicago style is like dragged through the
garden, not a coney dog but with tomato, onions, peppers, celery salt,
relish or you can use pickles.”
Hungry yet? Of course the restaurant has a number of variations on the
traditional Greek gyro. Barbas says his own favorite is probably the
slow-cooked ribs, but he’s also quick to point to the gyros and coneys –
he says trying to decide on his favorite menu item is like trying to
choose which of his children is his favorite.

Don’t forget some of the special appetizers, such as the Greek kisses,
fried wontons filled with a savory mix of feta, ricotta and cream cheese
with a hint of garlic and herbs. And Barbas assures customers, “You won’t
find a better Greek salad in town.”
Dessert fans don’t need to worry either, as The Metro carries Moomer’s ice
cream. They’re even working on a new Greek-influenced flavor. Baklava ice
cream, anyone?
Barbas says it’s also based on feedback from the customers.
“As an independent, we can turn on a dime,” he said.
Barbas marvels at how welcoming the customer base has been.
“The biggest surprise? How happy the customers are to see us here.
“I think a lot of people thought we were just another fast food joint,” he
continued. “But it’s a family restaurant. People come in and sit down.”
The Metro opened in May, and Barbas says it is continuing to build business.
“There’s not a lot of hotels and motels here. We get some drive-by
traffic, but we really want to take care of the locals,” he said.
“We want people to come in and then come back.”

The Metro is at 753 US 31-S, just north of Chum’s Corners, TC.

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