We chose to go to Lakeside Charlie’s as we were looking for a nice sit-down dinner that was more than bar food. This can be kind of hard to find in the Cadillac area, but Lakeside Charlie’s did NOT disappoint.
It was Girls Night Out and the three of us arrived fairly early for dinner on a Saturday night (5:15 PM). We were asked if we wanted the bar, dining room, or deck. As it was just starting to spit rain, we opted for the dining room. Those who opted to sit on the deck hustled inside about 10 minutes after we were seated. Our beverage order was taken and the specials were explained. Our waitress figured out we weren’t in a hurry and worked well with our leisurely pace. She also didn’t bat an eye when we wanted the checks separate.
All of our dinners came with salad and tiny tasty rolls. They gave us five for our table of three – a little thing that drives me nuts. Dressings were homemade and I opted for the Creamy Garlic. They didn’t over dress the salad which was nice and it was full of flavor without feeling like you could ward of vampires afterwards. Entrees arrived in a comfortable amount of time. I had the walleye with a mushroom sauce and a wonderful hash on the side. I wanted the fillet to be just a bit bigger, but I was full upon completing it. My tablemates got the scallops and the Mediterranean balsamic Chicken. I tried a bite of each. I was going to get the scallops, but I am glad I didn’t as they weren’t what I was expecting. They were smaller in size, but you got a nice portion. They were advertised as sea scallops but were just a bit larger than the size of bay scallops. They were nicely fried, but had a sticky orange flavor to them which I didn’t particularly care for. The chicken wasn’t a beautiful dish due to the dark balsamic vinegar, but it did have a nice assortment of vegetables and chicken strips. I opted to get what they called a Chambord Soufflé – it was NOT a Soufflé. It was more like a frozen custard. It was yummy, but I wasn’t expecting a frozen dessert. The whipped cream on it was wonderful too.
The dining room was filled with all sorts of different group – families, couples, large parties, etc. No one was dressed like they had just come from the beach which was nice. It was a lively room, but not to the point of being distracting. The service was efficient and friendly. I’d say it is a step above your chain sit-down restaurants like Cadillac’s Ruby Tuesday’s but around the same price point with the nightly specials being a bit more.
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