We just bought property in Sutton's Bay and after a hard day of cleaning, clearing, etc. etc., we headed into Boones North Country for dinner, but weren't quite certain about our decision. SO glad we did. The decor is definitely north country woodsy with big, heavy wooden table and equally heavy wooden chair that were pretty comfy. Big beams overhead, a fireplace for the cooler months and outdoor seating on the patio which is pretty pleasant.
We were under the impression that it was primarily fried food, burgers and the such but it is so much more than that. The lobster chowder was absolutely the best----big chunks of lobster, a rich, tasty, creamy broth and small chunks of potatoes. We were very surprised at the quality of this chowder and we're both chowder hounds. The escargot, one of my favorites, wasn't up to that standard however. Oh well. They were overcooked a bit and still had a little grit to them. Won't order those again---maybe. I really do like to give places and items a second try after a review. Next time I'm trying the oysters with a martini--one of my favorite combinations.
I ordered the Prime Philly sandwich with au jus sauce and again, what a surprise! It was definitely the best tasting French dip that I have ever had. Our previous vote on this menu item had gone to another restaurant but Boones North Country is now #1 in this area. We also ordered the Whitefish dinner and yes, that whitefish was fresh and just a dream in the mouth. I need to say something about the french fried----crisp, not too heavily salted, potatoey in the middle. I dare say they are up there with the crack fries we get on occasion in GR.
The wine list was pretty amazing....some of our Napa and Sonoma favorites were on it (Duckhorn, Chimney Rock, Kendall Jackson) as well as some very good local wines (Boathouse, Chateau Fontaine, 45 North). If you prefer Italian, they have some of those as well. Their spirirts and beer lists were equally impressive.
The food was not a fluke, by the way. We went back there twice more, the last time with new neighbors. Once again, I ordered the Philly (I can't help myself) which was equally delicious as it was on our last visit, others ordered burgers, onion rings, Blue Tiger Shrimp, and New York Strip. Everything was prepared well and served hot----that kitchen is organized! This time we sat outside and had a wonderful time together.
One suggestion: the warm creamy cranberry vinaigrette does not pair well with the bitterness of the spinach. Perhaps sweeten it up a bit to make a more sweet/sour vinaigrette to complement the spinach?
Visit this area to do some shopping, kayaking, stand up paddling, or just sitting on the beach....but be sure to include Boone's North Country.
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