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, October 27, 2014

Thai Orchid a Treat

Dining Ross Boissoneau Chef and owner Thomas Vangyi has created an inviting restaurant reminiscent of his youth. Vangyi isn’t actually a native of Thailand; he was born in Laos, which he left during the Vietnam War. He then spent years living in Thailand and now he’s pleased to showcase his adopted country’s cuisine at Thai Orchid.
 
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dining With Dogs

Dining Jodee Taylor In Michigan, it’s actually illegal to have animals in areas where food is served, including outdoor dining areas. However, state and federal food codes prohibiting animals in these areas refer to full-service dining situations. If food is prepared indoors and carried outside by the patron himself, no laws are being broken.
 
Monday, October 6, 2014

Something for Everyone

Dining Ross Boissoneau “We bought a place in 2003 and moved from Chicago to Northport in 2010. During that time, there was a flight of businesses from Northport,” he says. “I knew if we lost our anchors, that would be the death knell. We needed some businesses year-round.”.
 
Monday, September 29, 2014

Peninsula Grill: an Old Mission Tradition

Dining Ross Boissoneau When two auto industry veterans decided to leap into the restaurant business, little did they realize it was the start of something that would one day include Traverse City and beyond. Jennifer and Mark Davies purchased Molly’s By Golly in the center of the Old Mission Peninsula, changing the name to the Peninsula Grill.
 
Monday, September 22, 2014

A Mug and a Dream

Northport Brewing’s First Season Exceeds Expectations

Dining Ross Boissoneau Scott and Pamela Cain are taking Northport back in time by moving their business forward. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, most small towns boasted their own breweries. With the post-war boom of mass production techniques, these small breweries eventually closed due to large scale competitors, but over the past decade, tiny towns all across the country—and especially across Michigan—are once again embracing the idea. Now Northport is catching on to the microbrewery trend with the opening of Northport Brewing in late June 2014.
 
Monday, September 22, 2014

A L’il Expansion in Big Taste

The Redheads Bring Bold Flavors to Leland

Dining Kristi Kates You know them from local restaurants Kejara’s Bridge and The Redheads Café. They’re popular for serving up local, organic, whole foods that support their community. Now, the dynamic duo of Sarah Landry Ryder and her sister Christen—both as redheaded as their company name—has unveiled its next venture: the L’il Leland Cafe inside Leelanau Books.
 
Monday, September 15, 2014

Gourmet by the Bay

Dining Kristi Kates

Come Labor Day, Harbor Springs could call it good. Instead, the quaint resort town steps it up with its annual Taste of Harbor Springs, an extensive lineup of culinary tastings on its waterfront. Immersed in the crisp fall air and falling leaves, the Taste also offers plenty of friendly mingling with fellow foodies, who are often wrapped up in their plush fleece coats.

 
Monday, September 15, 2014

Betsie Bay’s Gem of a Grille

Dining Ross Boissoneau

When Jill Weide and Dale Evans swapped the rat race for a slower pace, they chose Northern Michigan. They retired, moved from Virginia, and bought a small cafe for sale overlooking Betsie Bay between Frankfort and Elberta.

 
Monday, September 8, 2014

Pub Fare With a Twist

Dining Ross Boissoneau For entrées, the baked salmon is moist and flavorful. Rustic mac and cheese includes cappicola, caramelized onion, and one, two, three cheeses (gruyere, sharp cheddar and Parmesan). The signature tomato pasta is made in-house and includes chicken, beer-braised sausage, goat cheese and a smoked blush sauce.
 
Monday, September 1, 2014

Viva La Vivio's!

Dining Ross Boissoneau Don’t forget about pizza. Oswald says Vivio’s has largely built its reputation on the quality of its pies. Pepperoni, sausage and mushrooms top the favorite ingredients, but Vivio’s also mixes in feta cheese, artichoke hearts, and even shrimp..
 
Monday, September 1, 2014

Sleeping Bear Farms is Sweet on Mead

Dining Danielle Horvath “I can’t think of another winery in the state that is like us,” Jones said. “We have our own press to squeeze fresh juice from local grapes, pears and cherries for our honey and fruit meads. We combine Northern Michigan’s excellent wine grapes with different varieties of honey made from our bees.
 
Monday, August 25, 2014

‘In the People Business, Serving Food’

The Bennethums are up north where they belong.

Dining Ross Boissoneau

For years, Jeff and Cheryl Bennethum ran Jeffrey’s Northern Inn near Detroit. With its rustic décor and menu harking to the north woods, it was a hit. Only thing is, it was far from the locale it emulated. And far from where their hearts dictated they eventually relocate.

 
Monday, August 18, 2014

BLTs… and a Whole Lot More

Dining Ross Boissoneau

After naming their restaurant Edany BLT, owners Eddie and Dani Walker ran into a bit of a marketing problem.

The name – a combination of their names and the first letters of “breakfast/lunch/to go” – prompted many to order a bacon/lettuce/tomato sandwich.

“People said, ‘Wow, you must have a great BLT,’” said Eddie Walker. “We didn’t even have it on the menu.”

 
Monday, August 11, 2014

Seriously Sweet Donuts Hit TC

Dining Ross Boissoneau The biggest flavor gamble is also a best seller: The shop’s Mackinaw Bacon Maple Long John is just exactly what it sounds like. The maple-flavored long john is indeed topped with a strip of bacon, melding smoky, sweet, and savory in each bite..
 
Monday, August 4, 2014

Benzonia's Roadhouse

Authentic Mexican Food

Dining Ross Boissoneau Start with an appetizer. There are the usual suspects like bean dip with cheese and chorizo, queso dip with cilantro, and guacamole. If you want something a little more unique, try Miguel’s Award-Winning Wings. Not sure what the award was, but with mango BBQ sauce or house red sauce complemented by blue cheese dressing, it doesn’t matter.
 
 
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