With beautiful lake views and exceptionally good food, the Glenwood's only prohibitive factor may be its price point; this is quite possibly a special-occasion-only destination where you can easily drop $100 on dinner for two. But it’s certainly worth it. We dined here early one night in the winter, and by the time we left at 6:30 p.m., every table in the place was full.
During our visit, the Glenwood was decked out for the holidays with twinkly white lights, grapevine stars and garland greenery. Close seating in the small, cottagelike dining room creates instant intimacy. The hostess seated us, then carried over a chalkboard to explain the specials as we nibbled freshly baked bread. The menu features a wide selection of fish and seafood, steaks, chicken, lamb, pasta, homemade soups and salads. The Glenwood uses locally sourced ingredients as often as possible, and the made-from-scratch salad dressings and sauces are a big draw.
We warmed up with an almond shrimp appetizer ($14), six jumbo shrimp fried in slivered almonds with sweet homemade cherry sauce, a tasty starter to accompany our hot buttered rum and warm Peppermint Patty drinks. The standout dish, though, was one of the specials. The lemon baked snapper ($24) arrived topped with a crab cake on a bed of pesto cream sauce and creamy horseradish mashed potatoes. The Woodlands salad was also tasty with delicious homemade dressing, but it was the dessert tray that really made us swoon. When we couldn’t finish our frozen peanut butter pie with Oreo crust, topped with hot fudge and served in a frosted bowl, our waitress invited us to take the whole thing home and just bring the dish back later in the week.