Just got back from an annual trip to Loon Lake and I want to report on a new find for us...Lorenzos at the Copperfield Inn. It is in North Creek which is Gore Mountain territory. The restaurant is Italian and owned by a New Yorker that took it over after being closed for two years. The food is inventive and consists of mostly small plates. There is something for everyone and it seems like they are trying to work with fresh, local producers, so the menu is quite interesting. They also have a thin crust pizza that is decent. The toppings were varied with meats, cheeses and interesting combinations, but the crust wasn't crisp enough for me. The pastas and salads were very good. My fish, the whole branzino was delicious. Clams in a spicy broth were tasty, but not very spicy. Everything is al a carte so the menu seems like it is inexpensive, but you could end up ordering a few dishes per person and the price adds up. The wine list was comprehensive enough for this type of place and not too pricey. The desserts were really good (berry tiramisu) and ok (fried dough with chocolate dipping sauce). The owner and all of the workers were super attentive. When an order wasn't what we expected (a gnocchi dish), they brought another dish of the same ilk for us to try (on the house). They also gave us an after dinner drink on the house. The room was elegant, but it wasn't stuffy at all. You could easily bring kids. They would love the food. The kitchen is open and we could speak to those cooking our meal from our seats. The music had a hip vibe to it (not too loud) which we really enjoyed. My only gripe was that the room was too brightly lit and once we said something, they lowered the lights. We will definitely go back there. It is a welcome addition to a restaurant wasteland. We took a peek at the rooms too. They were corporate looking, but clean and not too pricey either. The pool looks beautiful.
We also went to Friends Lake Inn. I really love this place, but after eating there four times, I am a little tired of the menu. The items don't appear to have changed much in the last 3 years (which are all I can report). It seems to be left behind in the times (classical music and all). The ingredients in the sides seem to be present in several dishes as well. The kitchen did a commendable job with what they had to cook, but it is getting a little predictable. There are no surprises or excitement. The wine list is outstanding and will keep me coming back, but on a Monday night, our server was spread too thin. I hope it was just an off night because it is a really special place. My wish is that it gets more attention. I was sad to see it in this light. Has anyone else been there lately?