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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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Mission Table

Dining Janice Binkert has it that the stately structure housing Mission Table, which in the early 1900s served as a wealthy Chicago lumber baron’s summer home, is haunted by the ghost of his jealous wife, Genevive. But what’s legendary about the restaurant these days is the food being conjured up in the kitchen by Chef and General Manager Paul Olson and his crew.
Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Seabiscuit Café

Dining Kristi Kates “We have parties for all three of the races,” said Karl Thalacker, a former Outpost employee who serves as Seabiscuit’s manager and food and beverage director, “the biggest party being the Kentucky Derby, complete with horse racing trivia and mint juleps.
Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Cidery Built For Two

Dining Kristi Kates So what brought this robust cider house here? “The main reason we moved to Michigan was that Nikki grew up here. She was born and raised in Kingsley,” Young said. Rothwell had been at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and met Young while he was co-owner of a local brewpub, where he’d spent 12 years utilizing his food-science background.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sharpen Your Knives!

Dining Kristi Kates Some chefs learn by inheritance, perhaps working their way up from dishwasher or prep cook, eventually apprenticing with a more experienced chef.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Ridge


Dining Janice Binkert The breathtaking view of West Grand Traverse Bay from the buffet venue Eagle’s Ridge used to be the property’s main attraction, said George Weir, executive chef of the site’s latest incarnation, The Ridge. But Weir and his staff are determined to turn that perception around.
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Maureen Abood's Hot Weather Treats

Dining Kristi Kates Pulling from the kitchen traditions and exotic ingredients of her Lebanese heritage, Maureen Abood’s recipes and food memories have been published and lauded everywhere from The New York Times and Chicago Tribune to NPR and Saveur magazine.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Gaijin - East Meets Midwest

Dining Janice Binkert Thanks to gastro-entrepreneur Simon Joseph, your culinary horizons, your cultural insight, and your food vocabulary are all about to expand. Or they may have already, if you’re one of the lucky ones who has discovered Gaijin, Traverse City’s first and only Japanese ramen shop, since it opened on June 10 on Front Street in downtown Traverse City.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Etta’s Diner

Dining Kristi Kates These were the steps that led Steve Erber to his latest venture: the expansion of the aforementioned Etta’s Food Truck to the brick-and-mortar Etta’s Diner in Harbor Springs, where he’s serving up eclectic recipes inspired by his grandmother Henrietta Thompson, stuffed full of fresh, locallysourced ingredients.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Short's Brewery Rolls in the Dough

Dining Kristi Kates Pizza is everywhere in northern Michigan and across America. So it’s a challenge for any restaurant, pub, or pizza place to make their pie standout. Popular local microbrew destination Short’s Brewing Company found a way, and all it took was looking in their own proverbial backyard.
Saturday, July 16, 2016


Dining Kristi Kates Jordan couple Debbie and Marty Carey have long run a successful ice cream and broasted chicken stop, Marty’s Cones and Carry Out, on one side of the Jordan River. But when they spotted a building in need of renovation on the other side of the riverbank, they knew just what to do with it:.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Main Man At Main Street Market

Dining Ross Boissoneau Gary Kosch might blanch at the label, but he is in fact the main man at the Main Street Market, as well as several other establishments.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Sugar Bowl

Dining Janice Binkert When Wendy Fleming took on a parttime job at the Sugar Bowl during Alpenfest just out of college years ago, waiting tables and bartending, she didn’t plan to stick around long, and she certainly never dreamed she would still be here a quarter of a century later.
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Stormcloud Bright Skies Ahead

Dining Janice Binkert Situated next to the nearly century-old Garden Theater in downtown Frankfort, just two blocks from Lake Michigan, Stormcloud Brewing Company is a reincarnation of another famous local landmark, albeit in a completely new guise.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Nonna Lisa’s

Dining Kristi Kates Named after owner Joe Lieghio’s grandmother, Nonna Lisa’s is the place to go in Mackinaw City for Italian cuisine, woodfired pizzas, and some of the most unusual décor you’ll see at a northern Michigan restaurant.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Simply Sweet by Jessica

Dining Kristi Kates Jessica Stubbs’ love for baking started close to home in 2012. Baking casually for family members and friends at church was something that Stubbs found immediately rewarding, so when some local nonprofit organizations and country clubs asked if she baked for special events, the answer was a swift yes.