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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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.
 
Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Front Porch Cafe

Dining Kristi Kates That dream was realized seven years ago and, after updating the building and the kitchen facilities, Rasmussen now manages The Front Porch Cafe. The restaurant is overseen by a board of directors that manages the finances.
 
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Chef Charles

Dining Janice Binkert With the culinary experience chef Charles Egeler acquired by the age of 40 — studying at the Culinary Institute of America, apprenticing in a Jewish bakery, being mentored by a former White House chef, holding high positions in both gourmet eateries...
 
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Tap Room 32

Dining Kristi Kates ECLECTIC EXPANSION Diana’s Delight was a popular downtown Gaylord restaurant with a 30-year history. When its namesake owner passed away, her daughter Kim Roney partnered with her father to take over the business.
 
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Small Batch

Dining Kristi Kates KITCHEN THERAPY After her tenure with Abboud and Florsheim ended, she was offered a job as design director for junior footwear company RocketDog. She moved to Los Angles for the position, but the demands on her time continued, year after year, and she decided it was time for a change.
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Smoke And Porter Public House Fired Up

Dining Janice Binkert CLEARING THE AIR Smoke and Porter’s Henry Bisson, chef and co-owner with his wife Mindy, admits that since opening in August, “there has been some confusion as to who we are and what we are about.
 
Saturday, October 24, 2015

Daunting Dining for a Petoskey Halloween

Dining Kristi Kates If you’re looking for a unique way to usher in this Halloween, Petoskey’s got it with their Haunted Halloween Progressive Dinner. You’ll enjoy three courses at three restaurants with local ghost hunters and haunted history as the evening’s entertainment.
 
Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Thirsty Sturgeon

Dining Kristi Kates Dave Marsh had his first restaurant job at the age of 12, as a dishwasher. By 14, he was a line cook at an Italian grill in Southfield, Mich. Sous chef was next on the restaurant ladder, but by then, Marsh had learned there was more money to be made in the front of the house.
 
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Petoskey Restaurant Week

Dining Kristi Kates Restaurant weeks are de rigueur in big cities, and since northern Michigan is becoming a food mecca, with an diverse assortment of dining destinations for every budget and palate, what better way to show off one of its city’s cafes, grills, fine dining establishments and sandwich stops than with a restaurant week of its own?.
 
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Taste of Home Brings Cooking Fun to Petoskey

Dining Kristi Kates Anyone responsible for the cooking in a Michigan household has likely heard of Taste of Home. The American magazine, owned by Reader’s Digest, has been around since 1993 and specializes in Midwestern foods and recipe exchanges for its 3.5 million subscribers.
 
 
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