At Kirkland's King Eagle Diner in Carthage, N.Y., recipes have been passed down for generations. Driven by the Kirkland family's playful personalities, their self-owned and operated diner specializes in new interpretations of classic American comfort food?from stacks of pancakes and ham-stuffed omelets at breakfast to hearty soups, sandwiches, and signature Screaming Eagle Burgers at lunch. Glass cases display home-baked desserts, all of which are freshly baked onsite.
Set inside a log cabin big enough for Paul Bunyan himself, The Grizzly Grill transforms classic lodge fare such as steaks, ribs, and venison into upscale contemporary cuisine. After admiring the rustic decor of hardwood floors and exposed ceiling joists, patrons can head upstairs to shoot pool or chalk their elbows in the billiard loft. Alternatively, the bar area?dubbed The Lodge?lets imbibers linger out weekend nights with live DJs and a late-night menu or make goo-goo eyes at a bison head next to a romantic roaring fireplace. The dining room teems with the kitchen?s signature creations, which range from pan-seared pickerel in a sweet-pepper curry to AAA beef such as a 10-ounce new york strip loin and a 14-ounce rib steak. Toppings such as garlic oil, baby spinach, chèvre, and honey-roasted veggies add colour and texture to wood-fired pizzas. Like feral teddy bears, slow-roasted prime rib comes in three sizes: small, regular, and grizzly.
On the second story of a quaint building, the chefs of Tata's House of Pizza & Pasta churn out pies slathered in housemade sauce and decorated with toppings ranging from salami to fresh garlic. Along with a menu of bubbling pizzas, the staff slathers wings in honey-garlic and “Suicide” sauce, dress up burgers with bacon and cheese, and pile slabs of housemade lasagna onto plates with fresh-made garlic bread.
At The Creekside Bar and Grill, diners enjoy classic sandwiches, 8-ounce burgers, and specialty pizzas on an outdoor patio overlooking the waters of Loughborough Lake. Visitors can dock their boats near the restaurant and hop ashore to enjoy nightly specials and live music on the weekends.
Spin Dessert Cafe's chefs know a thing or two about sweets. And savoury bites. And, for that matter, everything in between, extending beyond flavour into sight and scent. A glance at their dessert selection and it's obvious how deep their sense of detail goes: more than a dozen house-made ice creams drip with sauces and chocolate shavings, cakes shine with a level of moisture usually only seen in Aquaman's swimming pool, and sweet crepes come speckled with fruity bites. Then there are the savoury crepes, which fold in cheeses and fresh veggies, and thin-crust pizzas dappled with tomato sauce or pesto, all washed down with milkshakes and aromatic coffee drinks.
Ship’s wheels big enough to steer a three-masted vessel hang from the walls at The Lobster Trap, a seafood-centric restaurant attached to the Quality Inn & Suites in Gananoque. Sea-enamored chefs helm a menu of ocean-centric soups, salads, sandwiches, and house specialties such as the chili-lime tilapia ($16.99) and sole stuffed with scallops and crab ($18.99). For turf-based delights, landlubbers tuck into peppercorn-brandy chicken ($18.99) or aged filet mignon ($32.99). A kids' menu caters to the young of heart and age, with basic entrees such as a burger and fries ($9.99).