On peak summer days, a putter fills the air as motorboats continuously pull up to the docks at this Crosslake landmark. Customers of all ages climb the stairs to the spacious decks of Moonlite Bay for sweeping views of the lake, cold drinks, American fare and enough deep-fried appetizers to rival a drive-in.
Moonlite Bay serves pizzas, sandwiches, wraps and salads, along with a few quirky items like the Little Moonies—breaded ham-and-cheese bites ($8). Most menu offerings run in the range of $6 to $10. The setting, not the food, is the key attraction though. The eatery stays open year-round with an airy indoor bar and restaurant, pool table and games. A dance floor that pulsates with DJ-spun hits after 10 p.m. on weekends makes Moonlite Bay one of the top gathering spots for younger crowds—and pays tribute to the establishment’s early days as a hopping 1930s dance club.