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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Friday, August 6, 2010

Blue Slipper Bistro

Dining Danielle Horvath A colorful past lingers at the Blue Slipper Bistro
By Danielle Horvath
From it’s early beginnings in the 1880s as a horse stop on the way to Arcadia, to the turn-of-the-century Manistee Brewery Co., to a lively brothel in the ‘30s, the Blue Slipper in Onekama has had many colorful owners in it’s 100-plus year history. Purchased in 1999 by Brian and Chris Kissel, today it remains a popular stop for locals and tourists alike.
The Kissels brought years of restaurant experience and a face-lift to the former biker bar, adding “Bistro” to the name.
 
Friday, August 6, 2010

Tastemakers: Green Plate Challenge/Bell‘s 9000

Dining Rick Coates Green Plate Challenge
This is a really cool concept, the Green Plate Challenge, where four Benzie County restaurants are not really competing, but challenging each other to better connect with local farmers and local products.
The Challenge creator is Jim Barnes of Crystal Lake Catering. Barnes was one of the pioneers in the Benzie culinary scene to incorporate local products into his menu during stints as chef/owner of both Northern Delights Cafe and The Roadhouse. “There are several components to this challenge from developing better relationships with area farmers and restaurateurs as well as to improve culinary skills, help to develop new customers and also encourage servers to be better informed on the local items they offer,” said Barnes.
Here is how the challenge works: Each eatery is featuring a menu item everyday with ingredients 90% sourced from within 100 miles of their restaurant. “Purchasing food products locally has not been the most common way of purveying food for our local restaurant industry,” said Barnes.
 
Monday, August 2, 2010

Cafe Sante

Dining Kristi Kates Café Santé brings a taste of Europe to Boyne City
By Kristi Kates
If you’re at all familiar with the Red Mesa Grill in Boyne City (and
if you’re not, you should be), then you’ll be thrilled to hear that
the folks behind that favorite restaurant destination have added
another café to the local scene.
 
Monday, August 2, 2010

Tastemakers: Paella in the Park

Dining Rick Coates Paella In The Park
When organizers of the Epicurean Classic decided to move the popular
food and drink celebration from Traverse City to southwest Michigan,
the food festival pantry in the region seemed pretty empty. That was
two years ago, and now a host of gourmand events have sprouted up
throughout the year fully stocking the Northern Michigan culinary
cupboard.
 
Monday, July 26, 2010

Soul Hole

Dining Al Parker Soul Hole Serves Up Southern Comfort
By Al Parker
If you leave Traverse City’s Old Town tourists strolling along Union
Street and step into The Soul Hole, it’s easy to imagine that you’re
actually sliding into a cozy eatery in Baton Rouge, Mobile or Biloxi.
The warm paprika-colored ambience, cool jazz/blues sounds and
down-home Southern soul food make the place a welcome change from
national chain food choices.
 
Monday, July 26, 2010

Tastemakers: Amical‘s Duck Breast w/Cherry Stout/ Short‘s Brewery Huma-Luma-Licious IPA

Dining Rick Coates Amical’s Duck Breast w/Cherry Stout
One of the really cool things about the Traverse City Film Festival are the impromptu post film discussions that take place around town. Either with friends or total strangers, lively discussions take place over cocktails or dinner, and one of many great gathering places is Amical right next to the State Theatre.
I stopped in last week to catch the buzz on the Film Festival. since I was dining alone, I sat at the bar. Seated next to me was a producer in town working with Carter Oosterhouse (the sexy handyman from the HGTV show Carter Can and a model for numerous commercials). Also next to me was a recent transplant to the region from Texas as a result of growth in the oil and gas industry in Northern Michigan. While both were interested in the Film Festival, conversation quickly turned to their frustrations on how early stores closed in downtown TC (that is an article for another issue).
As has been the case since Dave Dennison opened Amical 16 years ago, my dining experience was exceptional. It started with my server/bartender Erica; new to town and only in her second week on the job, she handled herself as if she had been at Amical since the place opened. Amical was packed and Erica never missed a beat, making drinks and waiting on those in the bar area by herself. She was very knowledgeable of the menu and was able to guide myself and those around me in making our selections.
 
Monday, July 19, 2010

Johan‘s

Dining Kristi Kates Johan’s : A New Look for an Old Favorite
By Kristi Kates
New cathedral ceilings, bright and airy surroundings, more indoor seating, air conditioning, and outdoor patio tables are just a few of the offerings at the brand-new Johan’s location in Harbor Springs. Locals and visitors alike had been keeping an eye on the bakery’s remodel for the past several months, as the old Johan’s building was transformed into a gleaming new Johan’s worthy of their legendary donuts and other “must-have” baked goods.
“Even though the previous building was quaint, the new customers are in awe of the new store and all it has to offer,” says Johan’s Harbor Springs manager Kathy King.
 
Monday, July 12, 2010

Park Place Cafe

Dining Al Parker Cadillac’s Park Place Café offers star power on a shoestring
By Al Parker
So you’re getting ready to launch a new eatery and there are certain
essentials you need to open the doors, right?
Gotta’ have a stove or large tabletop grill, of course. Maybe a deep
fryer and spacious oven too.
 
Monday, July 12, 2010

Tastemakers: Green Cuisine

Dining Rick Coates Green Cuisine
It was an impressive sight during the first Green Cuisine event in 2006. Event co-founder Timothy Young gathered the 200 guests in attendance around him and said, “Let me show you how much trash this event produced,” he opened up the palm of his hand to reveal a couple of small pieces of non-recyclable plastic. But creating a “zero-waste” event was only one aspect of Green Cuisine.
“A big goal is to have an event that creates networks between local people and our incredibly rich local food system,” said Young. “We didn’t want to start just another festival.
This is an event with a mission. This is a chance for local friends and neighbors to come meet the heroes behind the food that they love and appreciate.”
 
Monday, July 5, 2010

Tastemakers: Brownwood Farms Festival Cherry Butter/ Bacardi Torched Cherry

Dining Rick Coates Brownwood Farms Festival Cherry Butter
Brownwood Farms is celebrating their 65th anniversary this year. When they started in 1945 along the shores of Torch Lake, one of their first products was a cherry butter. Now, to celebrate the National Cherry Festival, Brownwood has launched Festival Cherry Butter.
 
Monday, July 5, 2010

Have kitchen, will travel: Mark Fowler

Dining Rick Coates Have Kitchen, Will Travel: Food guy Mark Fowler‘s EMS comes the the festival rescue
By Rick Coates
Chef Mark Fowler took a vacation to Florida a few years ago with some buddies. While they were hanging out at the beach they noticed a food vendor with a portable kitchen keeping busy.
“My friend looked at me and said hey ‘Mark do you see how busy that guy has been every day we have been here?’ I nodded my head and smiled,” said Fowler. “My mind started racing thinking that I could start something like that for festivals in Northern Michigan.”
Fowler returned home to Cadillac and eventually opened the Bistro, but the concept of a traveling festival catering operation remained in the forefront of his mind. Last week he launched Epicurean Mobile Services (EMS), a portable catering operation based out of an old converted ambulance. He’ll be operating outside of Right Brain Brewery in TC’s Warehouse District for the month of July.
 
Monday, July 5, 2010

Smokey‘s Grill

Dining Kristi Kates Flight Plan: All Headings Point to Smokey’s Grill
By Kristi Kates
Flying and food aren’t really two things that go together any more, at least not since the airlines traded proper beverage service for half-sized cans of Coke and full meals for miniature bags of pretzel sticks.
But if you’re traveling through Pellston Airport in Pellston, you can at least fortify yourself before you get on the plane (or, of course, after you disembark) at the new Smokey’s Grill, run by Boyne City Sammich N’ Sudz proprietors Jay and Lora Higdon.
“We took a few of our favorite sandwiches from Sammich N’ Sudz, put them on the (Smokey’s Grill) menu, and expanded to a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu to suit the needs of a full restaurant,” Jay Higdon says.
 
Monday, July 5, 2010

The Global Wine Pavillion

Dining Rick Coates The Global Wine Pavilion offers a taste from all over
By Rick Coates
About 10 years ago the National Cherry Festival saw a trend taking
place in the festival business: festivals were going under. Realizing
the economic and historical importance of the event for Traverse City
and Northern Michigan, they set out make sure they would not become
another statistic on the list of festivals of the past.
 
Monday, June 28, 2010

Tastemakers: National Cherry Festival culinary events/Cherry Bay Orchards Montmorency Tart Cherry Concentrate

Dining Rick Coates National Cherry Festival Culinary Events
The National Cherry Festival kicks off this weekend with more than 150 events throughout the week. The week is loaded with food events with Cherries D’Vine and the Cherries Grand Buffet topping the list of favorites.
 
Monday, June 28, 2010

Kilborn‘s Fish

Dining Kristi Kates Fresh from Kilborn’s Fish: A destination with a reputation north of Harbor Springs
By Kristi Kates
Originally established in the late 1990s as the Blue Corn Grill and
Bistro, Harbor Springs restaurant Kilborn’s Fish was the brainchild of
Magnum Hospitality, a restaurant group that also runs popular Northern
Michigan restaurants Red Mesa Grill in downtown Boyne City and the
upcoming Cafe Sante on Lake Charlevoix.
 
 
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