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, May 31, 2010

Dixie Saloon

Dining C.J. Ray Dixie Picks: Saloon carries on a colorful tradition in Mackinaw City
By C.J. Ray
If you’re tired of fancy, gourmet fare and have a hankering for some down-home cookin’ like some tasty, finger-licken’ barbeque ribs, then you must stop in at the Dixie Saloon on Central Avenue in Mackinaw City.
The original Dixie Saloon was built in the late 1800s. It served as a brothel and a place where sailors could wet their whistle while docked in Mackinaw City. In 1914, it was designated as a landmark to signify the northernmost point of the Old Dixie Highway, running all the way to Florida from Northern Michigan.
 
Monday, May 31, 2010

Tastemakers: Petoskey/Harbor Springs Restaurant Week/ Light of Day Chakra Teas

Dining Rick Coates Petoskey/Harbor Springs Restaurant Week
This week several restaurants in the Petoskey and Harbor Springs area are participating in what they hope will be an annual event. The Petoskey/Harbor Springs Restaurant Week is modeled after what several metropolitan areas around the country have been doing for years, promoting the virtues of dining at local establishments. Ann Arbor has been doing it for years.
 
Monday, May 17, 2010

Al Fresco Guide

Dining Options for Outdoor Dining
By Lynn Gerow
Interested in an al fresco dining experience this weekend? You never
have to look far for outdoor dining options in Northern Michigan,
where every community seems to offer restaurants which offer patios
and decks -- often with great views of our spectacular waterways.

 
Monday, May 17, 2010

Tastemakers: Parkshore Resort Louisiana Oysters/ Drank

Dining Rick Coates Parkshore Resort:Louisiana Oysters
The oil spill off the coast of Louisiana has shrimpers, oyster farmers and the rest of Louisiana’s $2.4 billion annual seafood industry scrambling to harvest their wares. The oil slick is encroaching on prime oystering and shrimping grounds and fishing has been banned throughout much of the key fishing waters of the Gulf region. The Louisiana seafood industry that produces about 40% of all seafood sold in the United States and employs 27,000 is now in serious jeopardy.
 
Monday, May 10, 2010

Tastemakers: Chef Hermann‘s Cream of Morel Soup/ Hatter Royale Hopquila

Dining Rick Coates Chef Hermann’s Cream of Morel Soup
Morel season is in full swing as the blacks have peaked and the whites are now popping. Known as natures “edible gold,” morels are enjoyed best by simply tossing (thoroughly washed) them in flour and sautéing in butter. If one were to choose a second way to enjoy them it might be in the form of cream of morel soup, in particular the one perfected by Chef Hermann Suhs of Cadillac.
 
Monday, May 3, 2010

M-22 Cafe

Dining Danielle Horvath M-22 Café captures the heart of Arcadia
By Danielle Horvath
Looking for an authentic Up North café, where they make omelets
with farm fresh eggs and red skin potatoes, hearty soups, burgers, and
sandwiches on homemade bread? Then take a drive to Arcadia and stop at
the M-22 Café.
 
Monday, May 3, 2010

Tastemakers: Detroit ( Urban Farming Capital)

Dining Rick Coates Detroit (Urban Farming Capital)
This past April, the Michigan Wine Industry celebrated its 35th Michigan Wine Month. While many sectors of the economy continue to struggle, the wine industry has been “bubbly.” In 2009 sales of Michigan wine increased 10 percent from 2008, and for the past 10 years the percentage of sales growth of Michigan wines has outpaced the total percentage of growth for wines from outside the state.
“Michigan’s grape and wine industry continues to grow with seven new wineries slated to open this year,” said Governor Granholm. “Not only is our wine industry a vital component of the state’s agricultural sector, it’s also an important part of our tourism industry as hundreds of thousands of people visit ‘Michigan’s Wine Country’ each year.”
 
Monday, April 26, 2010

Flap Jack Cafe

Dining Kristi Kates Late Nights and Classic Cars at the Flap Jack Café
By Kristi Kates
Residents of Petoskey and summer visitors probably remember the Flap Jack
Shacks, which opened in Traverse City back in the late ‘60s and in
Petoskey around 1978. The Petoskey Flap Jack Shack relocated to its
current location on Mitchell Street in 1985, and was run by the Bender
family until Scott Gibson of Gibson Enterprises acquired the restaurant in
June of 2007.
 
Monday, April 26, 2010

Tastemakers: American Spoon Foods Cherry BBQ Grilling Sauce/Mackinaw Trail Winery Petoskey Tasting Room

Dining Rick Coates American Spoon Foods Cherry BBQ Grilling Sauce
It was 30 years ago while picking morels in Northern Michigan that Justin Rashid starting dreaming of creating a specialty store to market the bounty of Northern Michigan. A few years later American Spoon Foods was born in Petoskey.
American Spoon Foods has enjoyed much success over the years. They ship their products all over the world and many a visitor and local alike visit their stores in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Charlevoix and Traverse City.
 
Monday, April 26, 2010

Chef Tommy

Dining Rick Coates Meet Chef Tommy Making his mark in Petoskey at an early age
By Rick Coates
Chef Tommy Kaszubowski corporate chef with Symons General Store (including Chandler’s, Cava, and Pierson’s dining spots) learned his culinary craft spending hours in the kitchen as a young boy. Not from any certified master chef but from his two Polish grandmothers. Despite having a few chefs “chew his ass” and throw a few pots and pans his way, Chef Tommy has loved every moment of his 16-year culinary career.
Not quite 30, Chef Tommy has trained under some of the best chefs in the country while working at some of the best restaurants in the Midwest. He worked under the legendary Chef Takashi Yagihashi at Tribute in Farmington Hills. Chef Takashi was so impressed with Chef Tommy’s skills that he asked the young chef to go to Chicago and open his famed Takashi restaurant.
Pete Peterson recruited Chef Tommy back to Michigan to be his executive chef at Tapawingo. A year after Chef Tommy started, Peterson decided to retire and closed Tapawingo. He quickly landed at Symon’s in Petoskey and he took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to share some thoughts.
 
Monday, April 19, 2010

Tastemakers: Traverse City America‘s number one food city/Short‘s Bananas & Blow

Dining Rick Coates Finally, some outside the area validation to what this column has been boasting about for the past several years; Traverse City (Northern Michigan) is one of the best food locales in the country.
Just last week the editors of Livability.com, an online resource that points to the most livable cities in America, selected Traverse City number one in the best food towns category. That recognition comes on the heels of The Huffington Post naming Traverse City “the best new foodie haven” in the country and Midwest Living Magazine recently named Traverse City the second best food town in the Midwest next to Madison, WI.
At the heart of Livability.com’s decision was the “farm-to-table” philosophy that so many restaurants in the area have adopted. They singled out Trattoria Stella as being at the forefront of the movement. Another factor is all of the farm markets in the region. Toss in all the farms, dairies, wineries, microbreweries and all the locally-owned restaurants and the editors of Livability.com have taken notice of what we have known for years.
 
Monday, April 12, 2010

TASTEMAKERS: TASTE OF GRAND TRAVERSE? TREASURE HUNTER WINES

Dining Rick Coates Taste of Grand Traverse
The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) in Traverse City has for years hosted an annual “Extravaganza” as their major fundraiser (raising $50,000). The event was quite the social affair, attracting a who’s who of the business and social community. The evening was all about “dressing to the nines,” enjoying great food and drink, and kicking up one’s heels on the dance floor to some pretty impressive national musical talent.
But in keeping with the current trend in the country of “toning down” fundraisers, the WRC has restructured their annual event in what will now be The Taste of Grand Traverse. The event will take place Sunday April 18 at the Great Wolf Lodge.
While tuxes and evening gowns may not be a part of the fundraising focus at the WRC’s annual fundraiser anymore, great food will be. At press time, 19 restaurants from the region have agreed to participate along with some beverage producers (coffee, tea and soda) from the area to create a family friendly event. Organizers decided to make the event more affordable and wide-reaching and allow for family participation. Tickets are $15 in advance and include three tasting tickets; children ages five to 12 are just $1 and kids four and under, no charge. Additional tasting tickets are available for $1 each and tasting items will require one to three tickets.
 
Monday, April 5, 2010

Tastemakers: No Salt? Bell‘s Oberon Ale

Dining Rick Coates No Salt
Okay, here it comes; the floodgates are opening as legislators continue to justify their importance by constantly coming up with legislation that they feel will better society. A shockwave went through the New York City culinary community a couple of weeks ago when assemblyman Felix Ortiz introduced laws that would ban the use of salt in New York eateries. While shakers would remain on the tables, sodium/salt based seasonings would no longer be used in the kitchen. The fine would be $1,000 for each violation.
Ortiz’s logic for introducing the legislation is a call by the American Heart Association and other health organizations for Americans to decrease the amount of their daily sodium intact. Six grams of salt is the recommended daily allowance for an adult, but most Americans have no idea of their actual intake because most processed foods are loaded with sodium, while salt is a staple in the kitchen for chefs. Experts agree that too much salt may lead to high blood pressure and heart disease but one should not eliminate salt completely. Sodium helps your body maintain its water balance and pH and it also enables your cell walls to draw in nutrients.
 
Monday, April 5, 2010

Fusion

Dining Danielle Horvath 4 Taste Fusion Bistro brings international flair to Interlochen
By Danielle Horvath
With an entrepreneurial spirit and what he hopes is a good hunch, Mike
Pugh has jumped into the Interlochen food scene by opening 4 Taste
Fusion Bistro last fall.
 
Monday, March 29, 2010

Tastemakers: Northern MichiganThe Best for Food & Drink

Dining Rick Coates Northern Michigan The Best for Food & Drink
Since launching the column Tastemakers/Bottoms Up columns almost seven
years ago, I have had the pleasure of traversing around Northern
Michigan in search of the “Best Of” what our region has to offer in
the way of Food & Drink. In all, I have written over 800 columns, most
of them focused on Northern Michigan with an occasional look at items
of interest from outside our area. In no way does this make me an
expert, rather a person who simply has been very lucky to be afforded
such an opportunity.
 
 
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