Midwest Living Review
Upscale comfort food in a casual, romantic atmosphere -- think fresh flowers, candles, warm red tablecloths, rustic furniture and music to sip martinis by -- are the staples inside this cathedral-ceilinged lodge. Chef Alex Hough's brings decades of executive chef experience, plus stints as Escoffier Society president and American Culinary Federation chairman. Open in 2011, the Dinner Table offers no pretension, though; chef Alex wants you to feel as though you're his guest. The three or four entrees offered each evening are what you might have at a friend's home (you know, the one who's a gourmet cook!). Entrees may include chicken marsala, shrimp Alfredo, mustard-crusted filet of beef or watermelon-barbecue pork chop. The menu varies, so call ahead if you really have to know. Complimentary appetizers include crispy, lightly salted and peppered homemade tortilla chips, served with fresh, bright salsa made with cilantro, tomatoes, peppers and dry mustard. Entrees are just as good: the watermelon-barbecue pork chop ($11) is flavorful and cooked to order. Best part? The barbecue sauce, which is fruity but has a serious kick to it. Mashed potatoes are hot and buttery, and sauteed zucchini is crisp-tender, tasting just-plucked from the garden --even in early April. Chicken marsala ($10) is all about tender, boneless breast served in a creamy, fresh marsala-mushroom sauce with pasta or rice and vegetable. Save room for dessert: Key lime pie, bananas Foster, chocolate mousse pie or hot fudge sundae with homemade sauce. The pie ($5) is a must! Served with a dollop of whipped cream studded with blueberries, it's sinfully rich. For bananas Foster, the chef wheels out a cart for a sensational, fiery tableside presentation.