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Familiar Flint, Michigan

Author: sightseeingsue (More Trip Reviews by sightseeingsue)
Date of Trip: January 2001

My eyes first focused on the bear standing next to me at the entrance then moved on to take in the rest of what waited for me to explore. Within moments I was no longer in Flint, I had been whisked away and was being welcomed into a large exclusive lodge somewhere located in our Great North Country. Large numbers of wild game mountings were on the walls, cozy fieldstone fireplace located in the back, wooden railings, wildlife artwork, antlered chandeliers, redwood beams supporting the ceiling all giving you that true homey rustic up-northy feeling. Time to give the food a whirl.

The waitress greeted us immediately with a friendly smile and our menus. First thoughts after glancing over the menu...wished we would had visited an ATM first and I hope they took debit-cards. A few signature appetizers were Artichoke-Bake ($11.99), Baked Herbed Boursin Cheese ($11.99), Chef's Appetizers/Beer Sampler Combo $23.99 for small- $42.99 for large.

Beer-and-onion soup, salads, traditional sandwiches, most bearing steak in its name are lunch fare. Priced around $10. Dinner items include steaks, seafood, pasta, speciality pizza, or wild game. Priced $15-$30. A glass butcher counter was right out in the open displaying various cuts of beef and located next to the mesquite grill ready for some heavy-duty grilling. An on-site brewery offers ales, stouts, and other award-winning beers to sample, wines as well as a full stocked bar.

We both order Kansas-City Steak Sandwiches ($9.89), mine with fries, his with chips. Heading to a Catholic wedding, stopped us from sampling the beer we had wished. Waitress was efficient and food arrived quickly. The portions were huge...and very tasty. Neither of us could finish our meals. Total bill including tip was $29 (two sandwiches, zero cocktails.) Good experience but realized their steep prices probably limits their crowds.

What we loved: The atmosphere/decor, wide variety of items, tasty food, service, and totally smoke free establishment (excluding Cigar lounge) Disliked: Pricey food, time we arrived. Next time: Visit during dinnertime, sample home-made beers, enjoy music in the lounge (Old Sequoia Cigar Room) order big juicy steak.

Open 7 days, for lunch and dinner, gift shop, live entertainment Wed-Saturday in lounge, located off I-75, Hill Rd.

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