The Gray Cliff Lodge Inn was built in1912 and has been a fulltime restaurant since 1945. The historic dining room does remind one of your grandmothers antique-y, victorian parlor with white linen/lace tableclothes and lace curtains in the windows. Their large enclosed porch where we dined is lined with windows to view the beautiful canyon and wildlife. The 5 mile drive up Ogden canyon is very scenic. When we arrived very late after 9 on a weeknight, there was only one other group in the restaurant, so we had the place pretty much to ourselves, which was very enjoyable. The currently owner Jody was our waitress. She was very personable and told us several stories about the powder mountain ski area and locals she has known. Her husband Stephen is the chef.
We started off with a glass pinot noir &and a very good gin & tonic. They also had several local Utah beers available by the bottle. I was surprised by the number of courses that came with your entree. Tomato juice or fruit salad. Dinner rolls and cinnamon rolls. A dinner salad or homemade soup. Potatoes, wild rice or steamed vegetables. The butternut squash soup was tasty as was my dinner salad came with beets and homemade dressing.
For our entrees we ordered the loin lambchops with sage stuffing and the fresh mountain trout. My lambchops were flavorful & tender. Stephens sage stuffing was every bit as good as my grandmothers recipe. Jody skillfully hand filleted the trout at our table. Our brocolli was cooked perfectly au dente. For our deserts we chose the carrot cake and the oatmeal pie. I liked the oatmeal pie best; alot like pecan pie but with walnuts & oatmeal.
Just off the restaurant entryway was combination bar and ski museum. It's walls were lined with skis ranging from wooden skis more than 100 years old at one end to modern skis at the other. On our way out we met their friendly and well mannered dog. They said it was a Kai, a relatively rare dog from Japan. It had a dense thick textured fur, huge paws & a tail that curly-qued up over it's lower back.
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