Midwest Living Review
The dining room on the first floor of The Inn at Stonecliffe turns into the Cudahy Chophouse every day from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The formal ambience of the room, featuring a large fireplace, chandeliers and expansive views of the grounds, complements the look and feel of the manor, built in 1904. The menu is formal as well, offering steaks, chops and fish entrees with several appetizers, salads and side dishes to choose from. Unfortunately, the food failed to live up to our expectations. While our smoked whitefish appetizer was tasty, and our salads were fine, our entrees were a big disappointment. A chicken breast over risotto covered with a Michigan cherry sauce was not edible (the chicken was tough and the risotto like paste), and a pan-fried Mackinac Island whitefish, while huge, was overcooked, dry and tasteless. We were the only diners in the restaurant by the time our salad course arrived. Our visit was in early October, and we sensed some end-of-season malaise had set in among the staff, especially after listening to our waiter repeatedly tell us of his eagerness to leave the Island for his winter job in Utah. The wine list contains a nice selection of bottles and wines by the glass at reasonable prices. Entrees range from $20-$40, which includes a small salad.