My wife is a musician in the orchestra for Music in the Mountains each July. We wanted to go out for one nice dinner while I was there with her for a few days, and Sow's Ear is close and one of her favorite places in the area.
The setting is beautiful, as is the whole area. The lodge is an interesting and attractive place.
There were not that many people there when we went, and our server was prompt.
We started with the Duck Confit Spring Rolls. They were delicious, though we could taste very little duck. I followed it with the beet salad. The cheese, arugula and dressing made for the perfect combination of smooth, crunchy, sweet, bitter, and vinegary. It was wonderful. And they cooked the beets perfectly - they were cooked yet with a crunch. Almost everywhere I get them they are cooked to being soft. Excellent.
My wife got a fish for her entree - I believe trout. It was so overspiced that she could not taste the fish and her mouth burned until long after dinner.
I got the Elk Tenderloin, and it was fabulous. Not as gamey as I expected (which I enjoy). The sauce and polenta were the perfect match.
We also had our four year old with us, and the staff was kind and attentive to her as well as us.
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