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, June 11, 2016

Boyne Appétit

Dining Kristi Kates When Cynthia Boal Janssens moved to Boyne City a couple of years ago, she was stunned to find that the culture in her new adopted hometown was a lot more expansive than she’d anticipated. “I found out that for a small town of less than 4,000 people, we have so, so many great restaurants and food purveyors!” Janssens said.
Saturday, June 4, 2016

North Country Grille And Pub

Dining Janice Binkert BUILDING ON A LEGACY “I love the restaurant business. I’ve been in it for 30 years, starting as a server at Boone’s Prime Time Pub in 1986, and I can’t imagine doing anything else,” said Boone, wife of the late restaurateur Barry Boone, a man who...
Saturday, May 28, 2016

Eco Smoothie Cafe

Dining Kristi Kates Ryan Nelson started doing restaurant work when he was 14 years old, snagging a youth work permit so he could take a job at the Flapjack Family Restaurant in Petoskey.
Saturday, May 14, 2016

Taproot Cider House

Dining Janice Binkert “When any part of the tree is weakening, the taproot goes down even further to find more nourishment. That’s kind of how I feel about my business. We are like the taproot and the community is the tree. We are here to nourish it and help keep it healthy and strong.
Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Showcase of Restaurants

Dining Signature Dishes: On the breakfast side, The Farmer’s Omelette (three eggs loaded with sausage, hash browns, onions, mushrooms, cheddar cheese and tomatoes) and the Irish Omelette (corned beef, American fries, green peppers, onions and Swiss cheese, with a side of sour cream.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Terry’s Place

Dining Kristi Kates FRENCH FORMALITY In 1981, Left opened Great Lakes Fish and Chips in Charlevoix, which he soon expanded into the Villager Pub. Next up was Terry’s Place, in the same building, named to impart a casual flair, as if you were just dropping by Left’s house for a friendly dinner.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spike’s Keg O’ Nails

Dining Kristi Kates They call it Home of the Spikeburger, The Meeting Place of the North and The Friendliest Place in Town. Spike’s Keg O’ Nails has collected a lot of nicknames over its whopping 83 years in business — and its popular Friday night fish fry is nothing to sneeze at, either.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Tribune

Making Headlines in Northport

Dining Janice Binkert Even for those who live in northwest Michigan, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say the village of Northport is off the beaten path; its own website calls it “Leelanau County’s bestkept secret.” Eric Alchinn, operating partner/ head cook at The Tribune, one of the newest restaurants in this charming waterfront hamlet, concedes, “It’s true.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Noggin Room

Dining Kristi Kates The Perry Hotel has a long and storied history, starting in 1899 when it was built as one of 20 luxury resort hotels in Petoskey. Today, it’s the only one of those 20 still in operation and it’s diversified its offerings by adding three levels of restaurants to its properties: one upscale, one outdoors and one very popular pub.
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Forty Acres Tavern

Dining Kristi Kates Boyne USA founder, the late Everett Kircher, knew a good thing when he saw it. Upon deciding he wanted to open a ski resort in northern Michigan, he dug through a pile of topographical maps and locked in on a 1,150-foot hill. The owner was Boyne Falls logger turned Michigan senator William Pearson.
Saturday, March 5, 2016

J&S Hamburg

Dining Janice Binkert “We serve anything on the menu any time of day,” said manager Bill Coty, who has been with J&S for almost 20 years. “And often we’re actually busier on Friday and Saturday at midnight than we are in the daytime, mostly the after-the-bar crowd. We have taxis driving in here at all hours of the night.
Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Slopeside Lounge

Dining Kristi Kates The Boyne Resorts have a long and storied history in northern Michigan and, by association, so does Boyne Highlands’ Slopeside Lounge.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bourbon's 72

Dining Janice Binkert The calm, elegant interior, cozy fireplace and unobtrusive wait staff at Bourbon’s 72 stand in sharp contrast to the 56,000 square feet of bright lights, chiming bells and bustling activity just outside its doors.
Saturday, January 9, 2016

Paleo Or No?

A look at “The Caveman Diet”

Dining Kristi Kates “High blood pressure, arthritis, high cholesterol, digestive issues,” she listed. “I, myself, was approaching middle age, so I wanted to find out, how do I avoid those things? Is there something we’re doing our whole lives that finally catches up...
Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Alanson Depot

Dining Kristi Kates One hundred and thirty-five years ago, it was a train depot primarily used by the logging industry. In the years to follow, it would become a train-themed tourist attraction, an antique shop, a snowmobile dealership, a pizza place and a popular dining destination known as Lester’s BBQ.