With a fire burning in a stone hearth and a porch overlooking the iridescent lake, the main dining room at Lord Fletcher's Old Lake Lodge recreates a classic lodge setting. Private feasts are held in five banquet dining rooms, including a pub decorated with English house brass and a nautical room full of sailing artifacts and shelves full of murmuring squid. Enjoy a variety of Chef Thomas? creations including Autumn Flatbread, Gourmet Burgers, Bistro Salad, Lobster Mac N Cheese, Miso Glazed Seabass, Braised Pot Roast, Brussels sprouts with gorgonzola and bacon, and more.
Over in Lord Fletcher's newly remodeled Oar House, barkeeps pour more than 50 local, craft, and international beers that complement upscale bar snacks. Ten flat-screen TVs keep viewers up-to-date on sports, and sliding glass doors open onto the Wharf, Lord Fletcher's lakeside deck, which is the size of one football field or 100 one-yard models of football fields. There, chefs whip up casual dishes, bartenders man three full bars, and live musicians keep toes tapping every summer weekend. Competitors serve and spike volleyballs at three lakeside sand courts in warmer months, and broomball leagues kick off each winter when the lake freezes over.
Snuffy's Malt Shop is like stepping into the 1950s: there's a red-and-white candy stripe motif, and the chocolate malts get poured into tall glasses. The sweet scoops of nostalgia come courtesy of founder Mike Mueller. In the early eighties, he found himself pining for the evenings of his youth spent at drive-ins and diners, a malt in one hand and cheeseburger in the other. In 1983, he opened Snuffy's Malt Shop in tribute. Cooks here grill up cheeseburgers and hotdogs and serve them up alongside classic treats: floats, phosphates, sundaes and, of course, malts.
With 2013 marking their 30th anniversary, Snuffy's has added a few updated menu items. They now make their famed burgers with bison or veggie patties, and malts come in inventive flavors such as Snuffy Colada. These particular takes on the good old days are now found at four locations, spread evenly across Twin Cities neighborhoods like chili over cheese fries.
The extensive menu at Cocoa Loco features pizzas and sandwiches alongside breakfast items, desserts, and espresso beverages. But it's the burgers that steal the show. The cooks specialize in a number of signature versions, including a brisket burger made with sliced brisket on a bed of onion rings, honey cured bacon, and barbecue sauce, all topped with cheddar cheese. Such an entree pairs well with one of the shakes or malts, though you might want to save room for a dessert such as double chocolate cake or chocolate fondue.
Besides your order, the other choice you have to make is where to enjoy it. During warmer months, the sunny patio goes well with an iced latte. As it gets colder outside, guests turn to the indoor fireplace to fend off the chill in the air and incinerate their now-useless swim trunks.
Familiar, brightly colored prints—from Rosie the Riveter to Van Gogh’s Sunflowers—line the sunny walls of Scotty B’s Restaurant, where families and friends pull up to spacious tables or sink into plush booths. The cozy décor reflects the equally comforting menu of American classics, which offers homestyle favorites from burgers and pastas to hand-dipped shakes and breakfast omelets. Open at 6:30 a.m. each morning, the family-friendly restaurant’s cooks sizzle homemade breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and load up a heaping Sunday brunch buffet, which beckons families to dig in and try to build the world’s tallest french-toast-stick tower.