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The resort boasts five restaurants on site, but only three – Cru, Lodge Dining Room and Freddy’s Sports Grille – are open throughout the year. The Lodge Dining Room offers hearty Midwestern fares featuring seasonal and local ingredients. Located in the historic Main Lodge, it exudes a rustic and cozy lodge dining atmosphere.
A must-try item on the menu would be the Minnesota Walleye, which is one of the state’s most popular and highly sought after fish. Apart from dinner service, the restaurant also offers a sumptuous breakfast buffet that is stocked with an assortment of hot and cold items, including pancakes, eggs, French toast and an assortment of fruits, yogurts and juices.
Cru Restaurant and Wine is a fine-dining restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine. In 2014, the establishment received the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, a prestigious award. It features a wine cellar with more than 2,000 bottles from all over the world, as well as more than 20 selection by the glass. According to the magazine, the restaurant is good for its Californian and international wine selections. During weekends, they also regularly organize wine dinners and wine tasting sessions.
Freddy’s Sports Grille is a casual dining area overlooking the award-winning Pines Golf Course. The menu consists of typical sports bar food, such as nachos, wings and burgers, accompanied by a full bar for washing the grease down. There are also eight big screen TVs showing live sports programs to help enliven the overall dining experience.
There are two additional dining options during summer. One of which is the Italian Gardens that serves homemade Italian and Sicilian fares from pizzas to pastas, which are typical all-time dinner favorites. The restaurant is set in a lush garden environment, a perfect setting for a big family night out. Another establishment is Loony’s Beach Hut at Gull Lake. It offers beachgoers with light and quick bites and frozen cocktails to chill with when at the beach soaking in the good weather.
Northwoods Pub opens daily and is conveniently located in the Main Lodge. It offers a good selection of craft beers from Minnesota, on top of its cocktails, wines and spirits. Check out its nightly specials, including all-day happy hour on Sunday. It also offers a delectable range of pub grub, such as a Reuben sandwich, juicy burgers and baby back ribs, which is bound to delight both adults and kids.
10- or 16-inch pizzas are also available for eat-in or takeaway, as well as gluten-free options for those with dietary restrictions. The pub conducts beer-tasting sessions on a regular basis where attendees get to sample different Minnesotan craft beers. Check with the restaurant for their next tasting session.
The Preserve Pub & Grille is situated in the clubhouse of The Preserve golf course with one of the most spectacular views of the golf course that the resort has to offer. Take in the panoramic scenery with a cold frosty beer or cocktail from the pub. Casual lunch options are also available ranging from quesadillas to a grilled chicken sandwich. The location is only open during the warmer seasons.
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