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, May 16, 2011

Bungalow Inn

Dining Ross Boissoneau There’s no pretension at the Bungalow Inn. But if you’re looking for
service with a smile and excellent food – award-winning food, according to
various surveys – then you’re in the right place.
Owner Dave Gunia is justifiably proud of his restaurant. After
consistently winning awards from local publications, including Best Prime
Rib and Best Burgers from the Express, it’s easy to see why.
While the Bungalow Inn has been guarding Manistee’s southern border for 20
years, it didn’t start out as an award-winning restaurant. In fact, it
didn’t start out as a restaurant at all, but as a bar catering to
nightlife, with live music and DJs.
 
Monday, May 16, 2011

Tastemakers: Lochenheath Classic Wedge/ Chateau Fontaine 2010 Gewurztraminer

Dining Rick Coates The restaurant at LochenHeath Golf Club (just north of the Grand Traverse
Resort) might just be the the region’s best kept secret. The golf course
closed its doors a few years ago as a result of financial difficulties and
since reopened just last week. Returning to the fold is Chef Joseph George
who was the chef at the time LochenHeath closed. George eventually took
over the executive chef responsibilities at the Grand Traverse Resort a
year ago but jumped at the chance to return to LochenHeath. With George at
the helm, guests can expect a first class dining experience. 
 
Monday, May 9, 2011

Tastemakers:Boyne City National Morel Festival /Cupcake Vodka

Dining Rick Coates Despite recent unseasonably cold temperatures the often elusive morels are popping up all over Northern Michigan. That is good new for the 51st Annual National Morel Festival in Boyne City. The four-day festival begins this Thursday May 12 and continues through Sunday May 15 and is loaded with several events.
Here are a few highlights for the weekend. On Friday May 13 the MorelFest “Wine & Dine” will take place at the Beach House Restaurant at Boyne Mountain from 5 - 7 pm.  Tickets are limited and can be purchased at the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce for $40 per person.  Ticket holders will enjoy assorted gourmet hors d’ oeuvres paired with assorted wines. Here is a sampling of what is being offered: Morel, Grilled Ramp and Gruyere Quiches, Marinated Morels served in Belgian Endive Cups with a Port Wine Vinaigrette and topped with Toasted Pine Nut and Morel Meatloaf Sliders.
 
Monday, May 2, 2011

Stone House

Dining Ross Boissoneau One the Rise: Stone House: Café offers two locations and statewide reach
By Ross Boissoneau
There are now two cafés and a host of pastries and beverages available, but making the dough at Stone House Bread is all about, well, making the dough.
And it should be no other way. “It’s all about the bread,” said Toni Spearing, the owner of Stone House Bread.
With a café in Traverse City and one at the original location in Leland, plus the loaves on the shelves of grocery stores throughout the region as well as downstate, those looking for “an honest loaf of bread” have more opportunities than ever to find one.
 
Monday, May 2, 2011

Tastemakers: Mother‘s Day Brunch Stafford‘s style/Early Times Mint Julep

Dining Rick Coates Mother’s Day Brunch Stafford’s Style
Looking for that perfect spot to take Mom this weekend? Try one of the restaurants from Stafford’s Hospitality; each of their four locations will offer their annual Mother’s Day Brunch this Sunday. However, this year they will all have a little different “flavor” as Stafford’s Hospitality founders Stafford and Janice Smith will appear at each of the four brunches.
The Smiths will be signing copies of “Stafford’s Hospitality: Fifty Years of Historic Lodging and Waterfront Dinning.” Typically Stafford takes the position behind the carving station at Stafford’s Bay View Inn for Sunday Brunch during the summer months but this year the Smith’s, who winter in Arizona, returned early to help the company they founded 50 years ago celebrate. The couple will stagger their visits to each the restaurants with a schedule of their appearance times on their website. Of course this is a loose schedule as many patrons will want to share their memories of Stafford’s Hospitality while getting their books signed.
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

Grain Train

Dining Kristi Kates The Great Grain Train Turns 40: Petoskey co-op has stuck to its ideals
By Kristi Kates
“The Grain Train Natural Foods Cooperative was born in 1971, when a group
of Petoskey area residents joined together to obtain quality foods at
reasonable prices,” explains Grain Train General Manager Bob Struthers,
“food that was not overly refined and was free from unnecessary
additives.”
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

Bay Burger

Dining Kristi Kates Four years ago, Valentino Trabucchi of Birmingham, Michigan, decided to bring one of his local restaurant’s burger philosophies up to Petoskey.
“For over 35 years, I had been regularly frequenting the Hunter House in Birmingham,” Trabucchi explains. “They offered great little sliders (miniature burgers) with juicy sweet onions - something I couldn’t find Up North.”
Now the owner/proprietor of Petoskey’s newest “burger joint,” Bay Burger, Trabucchi is ready for a busy summer with his sliders-focused menu.
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

50 years of Stafford‘s hospitality

Dining Rick Coates 50 Years of Stafford’s Hospitality : New book takes a look back at the Stafford’s story
By Rick Coates
If a picture tells a thousand words, could a name do the same? Just mention Stafford’s Hospitality and for hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents of the region, wonderful stories and memories come to mind. This year Stafford’s Hospitality, with operations in Petoskey, Charlevoix and Harbor Springs, is celebrating 50 years of business.
In many ways, Stafford’s and Hospitality is somewhat redundant -- the two are synonymous with each other. Few if any have done the hospitality business better than Stafford’s. That tradition started with their founders and today, the “second generation” has been handed the torch with new ideas, while hanging onto the core values that have led to success over the past 50 years.
The company was founded in 1961 by Stafford “Duff” Smith and his wife Janice. The two met while working at the Bay View Inn in Petoskey, where Stafford was the assistant manager (he had been working there since 1957) and Janice had just started as the dining room hostess in the summer of 1960. Later that year, Stafford would be hired as the manager of the Perry Hotel. A few months later, in early spring of 1961, the Perry Hotel was sold and Stafford lost his position.
But in early summer 1961, Stafford was offered the opportunity to purchase the Bay View Inn on a land contract and did so. The couple were married soon afterwards. At the age of 22, Stafford and Janice Smith owned a 60-room inn and were probably the youngest innkeepers in the Midwest.
 
Monday, April 25, 2011

Tastemakers: Food for Thought home canning? Schmohz Brewery Brewers Six

Dining Rick Coates Food For Thought Home Canning
This weekend Timothy Young, founder of Food for Thought in Benzie County, will offer a seminar on “home canning” at the Chef’s Challenge event at Boyne Mountain. Young considers himself to be an “avid home canner” who learned the art of canning from his mother when he was a kid.
Canning is gaining favor again in our country and while it’s no longer the necessity it was during our grandparents’ generation, it has new significance today. Primarily it offers one the ability to enjoy locally grown products year-round. The canning options are endless, from making spaghetti sauce from locally grown tomatoes and vegetables, to canning all sorts of fruits and vegetables, to making homemade preserves and jams.
 
Monday, April 18, 2011

Tastemakers: Lulu‘s Bistro Short‘s Beer Dinner/ Short‘s Black Licorice Lager

Dining Rick Coates LuLu’s Bistro
Short’s Beer Dinner
Chef Michael Peterson has been a fixture on the Northern Michigan culinary scene for the past 20 years. After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America and training in Paris at the prestigious Le Grenadine, Peterson returned to his native Northern Michigan and launched the popular Spencer Creek Landing in Alden. In 2001, along with his wife Rebecca, he moved his culinary talents to downtown Bellaire and opened LuLu’s Bistro. They also recently opened Siren Hall in Elk Rapids.
In its 10 years of operation LuLu’s has helped to revitalize Bellaire. Toss in Short’s Brewing Company that opened seven years ago and the recent restoration of Shanty Creek Resort, and the Antrim County community has become a year-round destination.
 
Monday, April 11, 2011

Tastemakers: Stafford‘s Perry Hotel Titanic Dinner/ Sexy Red 4/11/11

Dining Rick Coates Stafford’s Perry Hotel Titanic Dinner
This time of the year “Titanic Dinners” pop up all over the place in honor of that final dinner served on April 14, 1912 before the “unsinkable ship” sunk to its demise 12,000 feet below the Atlantic Ocean. The story of the Titanic is well documented in articles and books and the 1997 film that won 11 Academy Awards and to date has grossed almost $2 billion worldwide (second all-time to Avatar which is closing in on $3 billion). There were 706 survivors and 1,516 who perished in the sinking 99 years ago.
Stafford’s Perry Hotel is hosting their 6th Annual Titanic Dinner on Saturday April 16 in their H.O. Rose Dining Room. Plenty of history will be shared that night as Titanic expert David Kaplan will give a visual presentation of the ship, its events and the affect it has had on history. Plus there will be models, original newspapers and artifacts on display. The service team will be dressed in period attire and Stafford’s even encourages dining guests to dress the part as well if they so choose.
 
Monday, April 4, 2011

Traverse City Chocolate Festival/Martha?s Leelanau Cafe Belgian Beer Class & Tasting 4/4/11

Dining Rick Coates Traverse City Chocolate Festival
Three years ago self-described chocoholic Barbara Disborough wrote “The Guide to Chocolate in the Grand Traverse Region.” Northern Michigan continues to grow in the number of artisan chocolate makers as well as the number of shops that offer high quality chocolate products.
A former respiratory therapist, Disborough is an aficionado of all things chocolate and has spent the past several years searching out the best the region has to offer. The book has become a popular compendium for visitors and locals alike and Disborough has been offering a variety of customized and personalized tasting events around the area.
In 2009 a group of chocolatiers asked Disborough if she would help them organize and promote a “chocolate festival” in Traverse City. “I was retired and had time on my hands so I agreed to help,” said Disborough. “At first I was just doing some basic promotion but before I knew it they had me organizing most of the event.”
 
Monday, April 4, 2011

22 Vines & Wines 4/4/11

Dining Ross Boissoneau 22 Vines and Wines: A taste of Asia in Leelanau County
By Ross Boisonneau
The cows probably wouldn’t recognize the milking area anymore.
Nor would Rich Van Steenis’s former clients recognize him.
Van Steenis, a former real estate developer and community planner, has
developed his own property at the Hilltop shops just off
M-22 south of Suttons Bay. Home over the years to various entities, now it
boasts a unique restaurant combining Thai food, pizza and more: 22 Vines
and Wines Cafe and Market.
 
Monday, March 28, 2011

Boyne Citys Wine Emporium 3/28/11

Dining Kristi Kates Building Up a Business: Boyne City’s Wine Emporium and Market
By Kristi Kates
Revamping a building into a new business can offer up challenges that are completely unexpected. Just ask Ed Brehm, who opened Boyne City’s Wine Emporium and Market late last year. While he and his wife, Kristine Brehm, were accustomed to the usual week-to-week tests of running a business, the expansion of their Boyne Country Provisions store into a new division presented a few surprises that almost threw them off track - but not quite.
 
Monday, March 28, 2011

Tastemakers: Cafe Sante New Holland Brewing Spirit & Beer Dinner/ Avery Brewing The Reverend Belgian Quadruple Ale 3.28/11

Dining Rick Coates Café Santé New Holland Brewing Spirit and Beer Dinner
At some point Michigan is going to have to address several of its archaic alcohol laws if it wants to be competitive with other states. One example is the inability to sample products at retail outlets, especially high end spirits and wines. Several states allow retailers to have sampling events or a tasting bar aiding in the decision making process which makes investing in $50 bottles of wine or $80 bottles of spirits easier.
In Michigan, consumers either have to take the word of the retailer or go to a tasting dinner at a restaurant like the one Café Santé in Boyne City is hosting on Tuesday April 5. The New Holland Brewing Spirit and Beer Dinner will feature a seven course tasting that will include a combination of their beers and spirits line.
 
 
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