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 Wilds Pub's all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch of more than 40 foodstuffs will challenge even the most triple-tummied bovine-Americans. Traditional breakfast items such as gooey cinnamon rolls, pillowy Belgian waffles, and omelettes made to order can sit pretty atop a bed of steaming hash browns or seasonal fresh fruit. First-course options include an assortment of salads, smoked salmon, and peel-and-eat shrimp. If you’re of a midday meal mindset, consider more sophisticated entrees such as the chicken amaretto, seafood pasta, or honey-glazed ham, roast turkey, and prime rib fresh from the carving station. And be sure to keep your leg hollow and your sweet-tooth sharpened for homemade pastries and soft-serve ice cream.
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.
Hosting one of the first sporting clay courses in the United States, The Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club outfits sharpshooters for afternoons of shooting sporting clays on more than 600 acres of private hunting preserve. Across five courses of varying difficulty, Promatic clay-target throwers launch White Flyer targets above sloughs, fields, and a broadleaf forest as shooters take aim or obliviously tie their shoes. During a 50-target round, several stations force shooters to fire from different angles to simulate the diversity of real-world hunting. Once bullets have shattered every sporting clay and tossed porcelain figurine, clientele can adjourn to the Triggers Saloon and Supper Club for a lunchtime sandwich and beverage.