Happy Hour

A weekly snapshot of Happy Hours around the region…


FireFly
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

Fred's
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.

MONEY'S PLATTE RIVER INN:
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.

BC LANES FAMILY ENTERTAIMENT CENTER:
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.

CHINA ONE:
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.

A&W:
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.

BIG BUCK BREWERY & STEAKHOUSE:
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.

THE NEW YORK RESTAURANT:
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.

EMPIRE VILLAGE INN: 
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.

JESPERSON'S:
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.
 
CUPPA JOE:
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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Monday, January 26, 2015

Maddy’s 31 Sets the Table

Dining Ross Boissoneau Their location along the main route from Traverse City to Interlochen, Honor and beyond is a definite plus, but Maddy’s 31 has much more to recommend it than its spot on US 31 just east of Interlochen corners.
 
Monday, January 19, 2015

A New Tradition at McGee's

Dining Ross Boissoneau marinated wings and risotto tater tots. Among the entrees are items from the waters —ahi tuna tacos with mango avocado relish, beer battered cod and pan-seared salmon — and from the pasture there’s veal meatloaf, bistro filet, New York strip, and bangers and mash with veal sausage and white cheddar mashed potatoes.
 
Monday, January 12, 2015

Nutrition Is Key Weapon in Battling Cancer

Dining Ross Boissoneau When it comes to the best foods to help you avoid cancer, it’s no surprise that the list includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains. The list is similar for people who already have cancer, but with one important consideration. Sometimes people need to eat anything that’s appealing and doesn’t make them sick.
 
Monday, January 5, 2015

Crystal Café Tackles the Off-Season

Dining Ross Boissoneau Breakfasts include eggs, potatoes and breakfast meats. Specialties include the Bob, an egg, cheese and bacon sandwich on a biscuit; the Charlie, an egg scramble with cheese, bacon and sausage on a potato roll; and the Belli Cakes, pancakes with dried cherries and a scoop of ice cream.
 
Sunday, December 28, 2014

Big Papa Makes His Mark

Dining Ross Boissoneau THE SCENE The building on US 31 just north of Chum’s Corners has gone by a variety of names over the years: Club 31, The Gin Mill, Spike’s Peak, Northern Lights. Whatever the name, Hisem says its reputation stayed pretty much the same. “It was a shot and a beer and a fight place,” he says.
 
Monday, December 22, 2014

Leland Lodge Welcomes Winter

Dining Ross Boissoneau When the snow flew, the Leland Lodge used to shut its doors for the season, but not anymore. Now, the lodge and restaurant (Bogey’s) at the top of Pearl Street are embracing the off-season, which is great news for those seeking a quick lunch or delicious dinner.
 
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Georgina’s Makes Its Move

Dining Ross Boissoneau For months, fans of Chef Tony Craig’s creative cuisine have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to enjoy his signature fare once again. After closing the original Latin/Asian taqueria, renovations of the new space took longer than expected.
 
Monday, December 8, 2014

Pearl’s, Queen of Creole

Dining Ross Boissoneau THE SCENE Though wildly successful today, Pearl’s was far from a sure thing. As the restaurant’s website says, “We can still recall the sincere concern of all those who went out of their way at the time to ask us, ‘What are you, nuts?’” Moore...
 
Monday, December 1, 2014

Opa! Still Going Strong

Dining Ross Boissoneau Among the pitas, the gyros may be the most popular, but the vegetarian options are also enticing: the Mediterranean includes falafel and hummus; the European has grilled mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers; and the Pesto Perfect Pita features basil pesto, roasted peppers, tomatoes and melted Kasseri cheese.
 
Monday, November 24, 2014

Tap 30 a New Petoskey highlight

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Time was when a bar might have one or two beers on draft, likely the stalwarts like Budweiser or Miller Lite. Time was a while ago. Now taprooms and microbreweries have us enjoying dozens of brews. Tap 30 Pourhouse in downtown Petoskey offers a rotating cast of 30 different beers plus wine and cocktails, along with a menu of engaging foods to complement the libations.

 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Say Cheese: Macaroni N’ Cheese Bake-Off Pairs Wine with Creative Comfort Food

Dining Kristi Kates Macaroni and cheese has been around a lot longer than you might think—since the 14th century, to be exact. The ancient treat is documented by pasta-and-cheese casserole recipes found in the medieval “Liber de Coquina,” one of the oldest cookbooks ever discovered.
 
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Interlochen’s Hofbrau a Culinary Institution

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Brian McAllister had a dream. The touring musician wanted to settle down with his wife, and told anyone who would listen to let him know if they knew of a bar or restaurant for sale. In 1996, a friend told him the Hofbrau in Interlochen was available.

 
Monday, November 10, 2014

Drawbridge Bistro: A New Stafford’s Landmark

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When the Charlevoix drawbridge is up, traffic sits stopped in both directions. For drivers just trying to get through town, it’s a pain to be endured. For diners at the Drawbridge Bistro, though, it’s just another part of the attraction.

 
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Grille 44 continues to grow

Dining Ross Boissoneau When Kevin Buckner bought Grille 44 in Bear Lake, it was a summer-only cafe called the Ice Shanty. Last year, its transformation was complete, as the eatery became a year-round restaurant serving Bear Lake and the surrounding area with a full menu, including alcohol.
 
Monday, October 27, 2014

Thai Orchid a Treat

Dining Ross Boissoneau Chef and owner Thomas Vangyi has created an inviting restaurant reminiscent of his youth. Vangyi isn’t actually a native of Thailand; he was born in Laos, which he left during the Vietnam War. He then spent years living in Thailand and now he’s pleased to showcase his adopted country’s cuisine at Thai Orchid.
 
 
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