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, August 3, 2009

Tastemakers: Wellington Street Market - Kurry Guru/ Traverse City Wine & Art Festival

Dining Rick Coates Wellington Street Market
Kurry Guru
Rick Coates 8/3/09

Eric Patterson and Jennifer Blakeslee opened The Cooks House in Traverse
City 15 months ago and through hard work and word of mouth they have
created quite the buzz among foodies in the region. So last fall as the
economy was crumbling, they launched a second venture, the Wellington
Street Market (the former House of Doggs location next to Jack’s) right
around the corner from their Front Street location.
 
Monday, August 3, 2009

A pancake bonanza in Bay Harbor

Dining Kristi Kates A Pancake Bonanza
in Bay Harbor

By Kristi Kates 8/3/09

Detroiters are well familiar with The Original Pancake House. Founded in Portland, Oregon way back in 1953 by Les Highet and Erma Hueneke, The Original Pancake House’s Detroit locales are legendary, and are regularly voted “Best Breakfast” in newspaper, magazine, and web polls.
With so many Detroiters frequenting the Northern Michigan area, it was only a matter of time before The Original Pancake House found its way Up North; and it’s now one of the most popular spots in Bay Harbor, where it resides on the far end of Main Street.
 
Monday, July 27, 2009

The Cabbage Shed

Dining Danielle Horvath The Cabbage Shed
New concert series & menu upgrade an Elberta tradition

By Danielle Horvath 7/27/09

A summer tradition for visitors and affectionately known as “the Shed” by
the locals, the Cabbage Shed in Elberta has hosted some of the best in
Northern Michigan entertainment during its 26-year history. Over the
years, owner Jim Clapp has offered just about every kind of live music,
from rock & roll to blues and country to swing and Cajun.
 
Monday, July 27, 2009

Flavorful Fustini‘s

Dining Nancy Krcek Allen Flavorful Fustinis
Oil & vinegar specialists tempt TC & Petoskey

By Nancy Krcek Allen 7/27/09

Lane and Jim Milligan want you to come and have fun with them in their new venture, Fustini’s. If you dream about a certain Iron Chef, read cookbooks instead of novels, talk about dinner before you’ve finished lunch or just like to eat, drop by their downtown Traverse City or Petoskey Gaslight District stores. You’re guaranteed a good time.
The Milligans sell oils and vinegars housed in stainless steel containers from Italy called fustini (or the singular fustino).
 
Monday, July 27, 2009

Tastesmakers: National Mustard Day/ Short‘s in a bottle

Dining Rick Coates Tastesmakers: National Mustard Day/ Short‘s in a bottle
Rick Coates 7/27/09
Often referred to as the “king of condiments,” mustard now has its own day. Yes, the first Saturday in August is known as National Mustard Day. It was created in 1991 by the National Mustard Museum in Mount Horeb, WI, and yes, they have a big festival with a parade honoring this sandwich and sausage staple.
 
Monday, July 20, 2009

Cava

Dining Kristi Kates Digging Up Success at Cava


By Kristi Kates 7/20/09

Now might not seem like the best time to open a brand new restaurant - not even in the tony enclave of Bay Harbor, the billion-dollar Northern Michigan community carved out of a former limestone quarry and cement factory.
Yet even during an economic recession in which salaries are falling like the old quarry’s rocks, expectations remain high for any business that makes it onto Bay Harbor’s exclusive Main Street. Local restauranteur Chandler Symons sees the economy as a challenge, not a roadblock.
 
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.
 
 
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