Diamonds's grill brims with certified Angus-beef steaks, burgers, and sea-plucked morsels. To intrigue appetites premeal, chefs hand-batter coconut shrimp, which somersault through coconut before diving into the fryer. Opt for Diamonds's filet mignon beef tips served with a sweet Cajun sauce, or trawl a seafood selection that includes Great Lakes whitefish and lake perch. Imported seafood plates include Norwegian salmon splashed with teriyaki glaze, or Icelandic crab cakes bobbing in lobster-cream sauce atop a fleet of miniature jet skis.
• For $32, you get dinner for two, including one starter, two entrees, and two drinks (up to a $71 value). • For $60, you get dinner for four, including two starters, four entrees, and four drinks (up to a $142 value). • For $85, you get dinner for six, including three starters, six entrees, and six drinks (up to a $213 value). The chefs at Grill 23 Restaurant & Tavern concoct a menu brimming with savory American dishes. When guests arrive, they can dig in to a starter such as the combo platter, which brings cheese nachos, beer-battered mushrooms, onion rings, french-fried green beans, and southwest cheese logs together in an amalgamation more impressive than the Continental Congress' brief stint with the Mighty Ducks. Then, the attentive staff will saunter to your table with entree in hand, shepherding dishes such as the bistro steak—10 ounces of certified Angus beef that's submerged in a dunk-tank of house-made Jack Daniels sauce before being char-grilled and served with the two sides of your choosing, such as roasted red-skinned potatoes and sautéed mushrooms. Quell maritime cravings withpub-style fish, which is broiled or beer-battered with Killian's red ale, or tongue-dive into the toasted ravioli, which is stuffed with a slew of Italian cheeses and diced Renaissance paintings before being licentiously posed on a pillow of spinach and slathered in house-made tomato sauce. Top off your evening with a lively libation from the bevy of beverages, including a Patrón margarita or a bottled beer.
BoomTown's menu of simple and sophisticated pub fare showcases its love of high quality ingredients. Indulge in deviled eggs, which form a deliciously evil alliance with Tillamook cheddar, cherrywood-smoked bacon, and paprika ($4), or use your dining power for good with a build-your-own-pizza option ($7+). BoomTown's 10 in. thin-crust pies wage war against hunger with such options as nitrate-free pepperoni ($2) and cherry-bomb peppers ($1) atop BoomTown's rich San Joaquin tomato sauce, all finished in a stone oven at 700+ degrees. Specialty Neapolitan-style pizzas include flavors such as shrimp and prosciutto with lemon zest, red chili, and fresh mozzarella ($12). Like the healthy star of the high-school football team, BoomTown's rotisserie chickens ($12 half, $16 whole) are locally raised without the aid of hormones or antibiotics, and the kitchen roasts the birds on a vertical spit before finishing them in the stone oven for a deep, savory flavor.
Guests at The Blue Grill customize their own Mediterranean dishes. First, they decide on whether meals will be served in a pita wrap, rice bowl, salad, or edible pita bowl. Then come the meats and vegetables—fire-roasted beef shawarma seasoned with spices, chicken kebabs, crispy falafels, stuffed grape leaves, and spicy couscous. Housemade hummus and bake pita chips arrive on the side, if desired. The Grill staff also whips up raw juices, including a carrot-celery-apple mix that works to boost immune systems, unlike ice fishing from below the ice. The mix-and-match concept earned the eatery an Excellence in Customer Satisfaction award from Talk of the Town..
A boomerang is designed to come right back, but it only works if you throw it perfectly. In that way, the Australian toy makes a fitting logo for The Comeback Inn, since it reflects a commitment to quality food that keeps drawing diners back. That philosophy shines through in every item on the menu, whether it's a plateful of jumbo buffalo wings or a signature Highland Station sandwich, made with fresh pastrami, corned beef, and homemade coleslaw. Although the bulk of the menu is sandwiches and wraps, pasta dishes also make an appearance, as do a fleet of pizzas—including a weekly changing specialty pie, just in case diners have memorized all five proteins on the Meat Meets Meat pizza.
However, there are more reasons to return to Comeback Inn than just food. The restaurant has drink specials and live entertainment several nights a week, including Monday's "My Trivia Live" with Devin, the resident Trivia Jockey. During summer months, Comeback Inn's parking lot transforms into a car show each Tuesday, complete with classic automobiles and live music.
Sports on the sand are a specialty at On the Dunes Sports—you can dive to return a volleyball or even chip out of a digital bunker when playing their golf simulators. There's a grid of 10 sand volleyball courts outside, plenty of space to play a game and give deflated balls a proper burial in the sand. The dunes also double as a training ground for weekly workouts, such as beach yoga and boot camp. Meanwhile, the eight golf simulators onsite can take you to any of 18 virtual courses. Hone your game with amenities such as swing analysis and an adjoining putting green. After any game, you can retire to the onsite restaurant for burgers, entrees, and cold buckets of beer.