Stony Ridge Cafe draws resort campers and diners by focusing on doing one thing really well—big, juicy gourmet burgers. The menu boasts more than 50 different burger options, all of which weigh in at 8 ounces or more (prices start at $8.75). Playing off the North Woods theme, most sandwiches carry names like the Campfire (rolled in black pepper and topped with sauteed onions, peppers and Swiss for $11.50) and the Lumberjack (topped with ham, lettuce, tomato, olives and cheddar for $13.50). Adventurous eaters can also request their burgers blackened or glazed and build their own masterpiece from an array of cheeses, sauces and toppings like sauteed garlic mushrooms, sauerkraut, pineapple and jalapeno peppers. Homemade potato chips, onion rings and fresh-cut fries make worthy sides.
In addition to the burgers, the view at Stony Ridge merits mention—the resort overlooks scenic Shagawa Lake. Just minutes from downtown Ely, Stony Ridge is slightly off the beaten path and not well advertised, but once word gets out, this place could suddenly get a whole lot busier.