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, July 20, 2009

Tastemakers: 2009 Film Festival Parties

Dining Rick Coates 2009 Film
Festival Parties
Rick Coates 7/20/09

While the movies take center stage at the upcoming Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), the parties are the center of the social scene. Since its inception five years ago, the TCFF has hosted a Founders Party, Opening Night Party and a Closing Night Party. Each year since, they have added something new to the mix. For example, the Friends of the Film Festival Potluck Party (Saturday, July 25) was added a couple of years ago, and this year they have added the Filmmakers Party (Saturday, August 1).
These parties are well attended with some drawing close to 1,000 people. At the heart of each party are the many “local” offerings, from food provided by area eateries to wines from the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula as well as local entertainment. Last year’s Opening Night Party turned into a dance party and it went over so well that the Closing Night Party continued the theme.
Festival organizers created the parties for filmgoers to “rub shoulders” with the filmmakers and those who star in the films. For the most part, the “celebrity” guests to town have obliged and attended the various parties. Impromptu parties have also popped up each year at local clubs and eateries and those interested just need to ask around. Here is a listing of parties open to the public:
 
Monday, July 20, 2009

Tastemakers: 2009 Film Festival Parties

Dining Rick Coates 2009 Film
Festival Parties
Rick Coates 7/20/09

While the movies take center stage at the upcoming Traverse City Film Festival (TCFF), the parties are the center of the social scene. Since its inception five years ago, the TCFF has hosted a Founders Party, Opening Night Party and a Closing Night Party. Each year since, they have added something new to the mix. For example, the Friends of the Film Festival Potluck Party (Saturday, July 25) was added a couple of years ago, and this year they have added the Filmmakers Party (Saturday, August 1).
These parties are well attended with some drawing close to 1,000 people. At the heart of each party are the many “local” offerings, from food provided by area eateries to wines from the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula as well as local entertainment. Last year’s Opening Night Party turned into a dance party and it went over so well that the Closing Night Party continued the theme.
Festival organizers created the parties for filmgoers to “rub shoulders” with the filmmakers and those who star in the films. For the most part, the “celebrity” guests to town have obliged and attended the various parties. Impromptu parties have also popped up each year at local clubs and eateries and those interested just need to ask around. Here is a listing of parties open to the public:
 
Monday, July 13, 2009

Left Foot Charley‘s Patio

Dining Hot New Venue:
Left Foot Charley’s Patio 7/13/09

One of summer’s unexpected pleasures is the new patio scene at Left Foot
Charley Winery & Tasting Room, located at the Grand Traverse Commons in
Traverse City.
 
Monday, July 13, 2009

Tastemakers: Gaylord Alpenfest July 14-18, 2009/ The Shed Michigan beers

Dining Rick Coates Tastemakers
Rick Coates 7/13/09

Gaylord Alpenfest
July 14-18, 2009

Now celebrating its 45th anniversary, Alpenfest in Gaylord has grown from a small community-based celebration over a couple of days into a five-day festival that attracts visitors from all over. Despite its growth, Alpenfest has remained true to its community roots by celebrating the traditions of its German and Polish settlers. The festivities begin on Tuesday, July 14, and with more than 80 events, including several concerts, there is a lot to do - and a lot to eat.
 
Monday, July 13, 2009

North Country Grill & Pub

Dining Al Parker North Country Grill and Pub
Boone family brings recipe for success to Suttons Bay

By Al Parker 7/13/09

One of Northern Michigan’s long-established foodie families is offering
top quality cuisine in a comfy cabin atmosphere on the main drag of
Suttons Bay.
 
Monday, July 6, 2009

Eat more chocolate/Jack Torres Chocolates

Dining Nancy Krcek Allen Eat More Chocolate!
Jacques Torres Chocolates

By Nancy Krcek Allen 7/6/09

Kris Kruid has come home—and she brings chocolate. After 18 years in New
York City, and a dazzling time as partner, growing the Jacques Torres
Chocolates empire, Kruid decided to return to Traverse City. She has
opened the Northern Michigan outpost of the famed chocolatier.
 
Monday, July 6, 2009

Tastemakers: Sleeping Bear gourmet Cherry Festival open space/National Cherry Festival wine pavilion

Dining Rick Coates Tastemakers
Rick Coates 7/6/09
Sleeping Bear Gourmet Cherry Festival Open Space
There are many highlights at the National Cherry Festival, and certainly the local restaurants offering their specialties at TC’s Open Space is one of them. This year, look for a unique offering of “organic” foods from a brand new collaborative, Sleeping Bear Gourmet. The brainchild of Melissa Ewing (Yotta Bars) of Maple City, Sleeping Bear Gourmet is comprised of: Food For Thought (preserves, salsas, and mustards), Higher Grounds Trading (coffee), Light of Day Organics (loose leaf teas), Naturally Nutty Nut Butters, and Stone House Bread.
 
Monday, July 6, 2009

Betsie Bay Inn

Dining Danielle Horvath Betsie Bay Inn Offers
Your Heart’s Desire in Frankfort

By Danielle Horvath 7/6/09

If you wish to linger over a freshly-prepared, globally-inspired dinner, stay for a weekend in a real Northern Michigan inn just blocks from the Big Lake; or are in need of a memorable place to hold that special event, the Betsie Bay Inn has it all.
Three years ago, Leslie and Geoff Perkins took on the daunting task of renovating the historic inn that had been a landmark in downtown Frankfort since 1867. It burned down in 1925, was rebuilt during the Depression, and renamed a few times over its long history.
 
Monday, June 29, 2009

The Blue Pelican Inn flies high

Dining Nancy Krcek Allen The Blue Pelican Inn Flies High
By Nancy Krcek Allen 6/29/090

Chris Corbett needed something to do, so he opened a restaurant in Central
Lake in 2003. When the five-year-old Blue Pelican burned down on July 29,
2008, Corbett didn’t miss a beat. He and his wife Merrie restored the
restaurant, added a new sunroom and kitchen, and changed its name to The
Blue Pelican Room.
 
Monday, June 29, 2009

Tastemakers: Cousin Jenny‘s Cornish Pasties/Leinenkugel‘s summer shandy

Dining Rick Coates Tastemakers
Rick Coates 6/29/09
Cousin Jenny’s Cornish Pasties
Cornish pasties were developed in Cornwall, England as a hearty meal for tin miners. They were easy to carry and easy to eat. When the tin mines stopped producing, the Cornish people migrated to Canada and the Upper Peninsula to mine copper and iron ore and they brought their Cornish pasties recipes with them.
Jerliyn DeBoer brought the tradition with her to Traverse City when she moved from the Upper Peninsula and opened Cousin Jenny’s on May 26, 1984 on Front Street (where Good Harbor Coffee is today). After 25 years, she has sold 1.8 million of the popular homemade pasties and has employed 150 mostly college and high school students.
Her secret to success: “Making everything fresh. I arrive every morning at 3 a.m. to make the pastry dough from scratch,” said DeBoer. “I also have listened to my customers over the years and given them what they wanted.”
 
Monday, June 15, 2009

Tastemakers: Organic wines/Trattoria Stella Father‘s Day Stellar Picnic

Dining Rick Coates Organic Wines 6/15/09
During a recent visit to By the Light of Day Organics on the Leelanau Peninsula I struck up a conversation with proprietor Angela Macke about consumer confusion over “organic” labeling. She said it is equally “frustrating for the organic farmer who goes to great lengths to become certified organic.”
Macke, who has built a reputation across the country for her collection of certified organic teas made with ingredients she grows on her Leelanau Peninsula organic farm, says the key for the consumer is to “look beyond the certified claim and look on the label and see who actually certified it.”
 
Monday, June 8, 2009

Tastemakers: 24th Annual Leland Wine & Food Festival

Dining Rick Coates Tastemakers: 24th Annual Leland Wine & Food Festival
Rick Coates 6/8/09

After much speculation and a lot of last-minute negotiations, the 24th Annual Leland Wine & Food Festival will be held this Saturday in its traditional location at the Leland Harbor next to historic Fishtown. All the fun starts at noon (the lines start forming around 10 a.m.) and continues till 6 p.m.
The Leland Harbor is undergoing a much needed multi-million dollar renovation and government red tape has delayed the project. But the great thing about the community of Leland is they have always found a way to work together to make things happen and so festival organizers and constructions crews got together and figured out how to make this year’s festival happen, as planned.
The Festival got its start 24 years ago with two goals in mind: promote the emerging wine industry in Northern Michigan and to kick off the summer season in Leland. Proceeds from the festival have been used to beautify the community.
 
Monday, June 8, 2009

Sparky‘s Diner

Dining Al Parker Blast from the Past Sparky’s Diner
By Al Parker 6/8/09

If you like ‘50s music rumbling from an original 1962 juke box, big-finned cars covered with chrome and authentic diner food, there’s a TC eatery that would make Bill Haley shake, rattle and roll.
Sparky’s Diner, owned by food service veterans Paul Sparks (hence the name) and Brent Bartz, opened in May of 2008. Tucked into a South Airport Road strip mall, just east of Barlow, Sparky’s is a clean, non-smoking eatery.
“We offer basic diner food – burgers, fries and shakes,” says Bartz, an affable guy who takes a break from wiping down tables and greeting customers to talk about the place. “Since we opened last year we’ve built a good base (of customers.) We serve a lot of local customers and have doubled our business over the year.”
Born and raised in Traverse City, Bartz spent 35 years at Don’s Drive-In in East Bay before leaving to open his own place with co-worker Sparks, also a TC native, who has 15 years of eatery experience.
 
Monday, June 1, 2009

Goodbye to Bob

Dining Anne Stanton Good-Bye to Bob
Anne Stanton 6/1/09

Ten years ago, a wonderful thing happened to Oryana Natural Food Co-op, a spacious natural foods store tucked in the heart of Traverse City. Bob Struthers took over, and the struggling co-op began to flourish and eventually achieve double digit sales growth year after year.
But now Bob and his wife, Kim, have decided to move to northeastern New Mexico. Bob will start a new career in this remote corner of New Mexico as an independent consultant for food co-ops. Kim, who worked as a biologist at the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore will start a new job as Natural Resource Manager at the Capulin Volcano National Monument.
We couldn’t let Bob go without an exit interview, although it was by phone from his new home, where he’s moving in the furniture.
 
Monday, June 1, 2009

Dudley‘s Deck

Dining Kristi Kates Al Fresco Elegance on Dudley’s Deck

By Kristi Kates 6/1/09

1970 was the year in which Stafford Smith, founder of Stafford’s Hospitality (a chain of hotels/restaurants in the Petoskey/Harbor Springs/Boyne area), bought a small building in downtown Harbor Springs, converting the boathouse into an upscale dining room.
Given its location, “The Pier” was the obvious name for the rambling new fine dining venue, with its indoor dining room dubbed The Pointer Room (after the three “Pointer Boat” water taxis that ran between Harbor Springs and Harbor Point). The Wheelhouse Lounge and the more casual booth-bedecked Chart Room would soon follow, expanding The Pier to three separate dining areas.
In 1992, an outdoor dining area of The Pier was named “Dudley’s Deck,” after Dudley Marvin, president of Stafford’s Hospitality since 1985 - and it’s been a top-notch summer dining destination in Harbor Springs ever since.
 
 
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