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, April 13, 2015

Randy’s Diner Serves Comfort Food for Almost Two Decades

Dining Ross Boissoneau Lunchtime staples like burgers, sandwiches and wraps come in a variety of combinations like the jalapeno popper burger; the BLT egg burger; a grilled veggie pita with sauerkraut, cheddar cheese and olives; and a gyro with seasoned meat, feta and red onion, with cucumber feta sauce.
 
Monday, April 6, 2015

Rolling Farms Offers Fresh, Tasty Bounty From the Land

Dining Ross Boissoneau “We have lettuce, potatoes, squash, pumpkins, berries, corn,” says Roller. “We use it all here or donate it to Father Fred. Food should be a right, not a privilege. We grow some extra things (for donations) like honeydew, cantaloupe, beans, snap peas. Plant it, grow it, use it,” Roller says with a smile.
 
Monday, March 30, 2015

Vernales Set for Second Summer

Dining Ross Boissoneau Timing is everything. Just ask Joe Guthrie and Keith Lynch. When a vacant restaurant on M-119 between Petoskey and Harbor Springs was for sale about 15 years ago, the two long-time friends and restaurant/ hospitality veterans joked about buying it. Still, they knew the time wasn’t right.
 
Monday, March 23, 2015

Charlevoix Tap Room Continues Its Growth

Dining Ross Boissoneau THE MENU With 32 taps — soon to be 40 — there’s something for every beer drinker. Bell’s of Kalamazoo and Atwater of Detroit kick things off.
 
Monday, March 16, 2015

Elberta Nightspot a Community Landmark

Dining Ross Boissoneau It really was an actual shed – or a shack, to hear manager Becky Hunt tell it – which served as a general store, post office and headquarters for the Benzie County Fruit Exchange over the years. And, yes, it did stock cabbage for rail shipment in the 1930s.
 
Monday, March 9, 2015

American Pub Comfort Food at State Street Grille

Dining Ross Boissoneau THE SCENE With its dark woods and numerous windows, the interior is warm and inviting, especially if you like sports; 10 large flat screen TVs ring the room, tuned to different sports channels. The bar uses the Soundog app to allow patrons at any table to listen to whichever program they like through their mobile phone or tablet.
 
Monday, March 2, 2015

Martha Sets the Table in Suttons Bay

Dining Ross Boissoneau THE SCENE When Ryan first moved to the area, she began waiting tables at the Leland Lodge, then later at The Cove. Then, for 20 years she was the head of food service at Leland Schools, but during her summers off, she continued to work in area restaurants.
 
Monday, February 23, 2015

Restaurant Roundup

Dining Ross Boissoneau Peninsula Grill Old Mission September 29 issue Auto industry veterans Jennifer and Mark Davies purchased Molly’s By Golly in the center of the Old Mission Peninsula, changing the name to the Peninsula Grill. Mark’s brother Matt and his wife Patty soon joined in the fun.
 
Monday, February 23, 2015

Destination Dining

Dining Kristi Kates WHY: If you want fresh fish, this is the place to go. Brown’s Fisheries sends out the boats every morning and, if they don’t catch anything, The Fish House stays closed.
 
Monday, February 16, 2015

Bigger is Better at Full Moon

Dining Ross Boissoneau For Mark Nelson, the jump from small pizzeria to full size restaurant — complete with bar — wasn’t an easy one.
 
Monday, February 16, 2015

Frostbite Saturday Bites Back in Manistee

Dining Kristi Kates “Manistee is well known for its buskers,” he said. “By that, I mean musicians that roam the streets and stores, people who perform for the community to enjoy. We will probably have about 15 musicians throughout the downtown area.”.
 
Monday, February 9, 2015

Tap Room Replaces Union Cantina

Dining Ross Boissoneau The restaurant group is a partnership between brothers Matt and Mark Davies and their wives Patty and Jenny. The four decided to close their Mexican-themed Union Cantina in downtown Traverse City and reopen it as Union Tap & Grill, which Matt Davies says better fits both the area and the company’s other holdings.
 
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.
 
 
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