This is the kind of restaurant and bar that gives hope to the future of Gaylord. If you know Gaylord, this is not the kind of place you would anticipate being here - it would fit perfectly in a town like Birmingham, MI. I applaud the owners, who also own Spud Warehouse, the adjoining funky, eclectic home furnishings store, for recognizing that "if you build it, they will come". Bearded Dogg seamlesses picks up Spud's style, and does so in unique, modern comfort. Bartenders and wait staff are friendly and hard working, and the patrons seem to be a step above your average tourists. The people we've met are educated, funny, engaging, from all walks of life. Average ages seem to be late 20's to 60's. Not especially ideal for families with small children, although I've been there with both friends and family on many occasions separately. With kids in tow, it's wholesome enough - just a tad expensive to feed them a signature ravioli dish or creme brulee (which is delicious). Don't avoid it if you've got kids, just realize it would be considered a "treat" for them. My one suggestion would be for the bartenders to be a little more attentive to patrons at the bar itself throughout their stay, such as a quicker service on the initial drink and refills. Bar staff have to tag team bar patrons a bit too much as they rotate in and out of the bar doing food/drink prep and waiting duties, and this does detract slightly from the ambiance that's already around you. In my view, a place like this needs a dedicated bartender when patrons are at the bar. The food is prepped well, and while menu choices are somewhat limited, it's a smaller place to begin with, yet the creativity shown in their menu and presentation, as well as their decor and overall atmosphere is very worthwhile. You get what you pay for, and while a bit pricier than nearby locales, you're not eating Sysco and GFS. The food is genuinely delicious overall. Restaurants are a tough business, but if they keep their eye on the ball and strive for constant improvement, fresh ingredients, etc. they will become a favorite of the town and inspire more great concept restaurants in the area. That would be awesome - as Gaylord is a great area that is poised for a more equal footing with the likes of Boyne, Charlevoix, TC and Harbor Springs.
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