At Firehouse Grille, meat is serious business. When dinner rolls around, the aromas of sirloin and new york strip steaks fill the room. These tender cuts arrive at tables accompanied by classic sides such as onion rings and baked potatoes, but even that isn't enough to grant them top billing. No, that belongs to the burgers, each one a testament to the victual artistry of Firehouse's chefs. Molded from certified Angus ground chuck, the patties are garnished with specialty toppings such as bacon, barbecue sauce, and gooey mozzarella cheese. The patties seem to have mastered the buddy system, as no burger is complete without at least two. They're also joined by an impressive selection of draft beers, all of which are perfect for sipping or dunking tater tots into.
Executive Chef Keith Johnson pairs premium ingredients with homemade touches to build Chart House's menu of hearty gourmet fare. Canadian walleye, scallops wrapped in apple-smoked bacon, hand-cut steaks of premium corn-fed cattle, and Alaskan snow crab form the basis of mouthwatering dishes, with unique elements including housemade applesauce, seven-spice butter, and grade-A pure maple syrup enhancing the already heady flavors. A Friday night fish fry welcomes guests to the softly lit dining room throughout the season of Lent, and regular live music events fill the air with sounds more melodious than the yawns of an opera singer.
The restaurant, which opened in 1968, is part of a larger event center that has indoor and outdoor reception sites used for weddings, corporate events, and Juggalo Championship Wrestling competitions. Located on the shores of Lake Kingsley, Chart House offers picturesque lakeside and garden views.
From the shores of Prior Lake, Captain Jack's restaurant upholds the area's resort feel by churning out a menu of modern bar and grill eats seven days a week. More than 20 appetizers, such as blue cheese sticks and pork pot stickers, are on hand to prep the stomach for the arrival of hearty entrees including half-pound charbroiled burgers, thin crust pizzas, and protein-packed sandwiches accompanied by fries, a pickle, and an extra button for your pants. And weekends are dedicated to brunch specials, which range from three-egg omelets to buttermilk pancakes, which are complemented by a Bloody Mary bar.
Though Captain Jack's is dedicated to serving high quality food, the restaurant boasts a casual atmosphere abundant with wooden accents, flat screen TVs, and neon beer signs. The laid-back eatery also invites vacationers and locals to partake in weekly events, which range from Wii Wednesdays to snow softball tournaments.
The Cove's rock 'n' roll-infused menu fends off grumbling belly drum solos with a wealth of musically dubbed pub plates. Kick off mealtime medleys with an order of Onion Ringz of Fire ($5.95) before moving on to mouthwatering main courses. Satiation-seeking diners can delve into the Nat King Cove burger basket, a double-stacked burger appetizingly accessorized with all the trimmings ($9.95), or tastily toboggan on the saucy slopes of the Dixie chicken alfredo pizza, replete with garlic chicken and alfredo sauce on a thin, crispy crust (12", $13). Sups may be paired with sips of beer, such as Summit pale ale ($4 for 16 oz.) or a globally sourced selection of wine, such as the Italian Gionelli pinot grigio ($4 a glass, $15 a bottle). The Cove accommodates petite prodigies with a kids’ menu, sure to satisfy those who still play Wipeout on pots and pans and rock out with pet rocks.
Warm light and modern décor greet diners at Sawa Japan, and hibachi chefs dazzle diners with adroit teppanyaki-cooking showmanship. Lobster tail and filet mignon pirouette through the air and gently alight on an open hibachi grill. At the opposite end of the cooking spectrum, sushi chefs arrange raw morsels into dozens of à la carte sushi and signature-roll selections. Artful sushi presentations match the modern ambiance of the sushi bar, which extends into the dining area where soft music and large, airy windows evoke a peaceful climate.
When new owners took over Farmington Lanes in 2007, they immediately began installing upgrades. Now, the QubicaAMF HPL Lanes keep track of bowlers' strikes and spares with an automatic scoring system, and bumpers can be raised and lowered instead of superglued on and painstakingly removed. When bowlers need a break, they hit the grill and peruse a menu of burgers, pizza, and even breakfast items, or stretch out their fingers by playing video games and darts. Meanwhile, HDTVs in the sports bar and scattered around the alley keep everyone apprised of the latest sports scores.