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Lunch Bunch Enjoys Dinner at Donny's Glidden Lodge
By Babette Aurnot-Feest
Apr 18, 2012 - 8:45:48 AM

   
 
   

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The Bar at Donny's Glidden Lodge.
The Lunch Bunch (plus a few more) decided to motor to Donny's Glidden Lodge Restaurant in Sturgeon Bay (4670 Glidden Drive, 920-746-9460, open year round). It is definitely a blast from the past, specifically 1930's. This building is all charm and character and walls that “wish they could talk”. It's a beautiful stone building situated on the shores of Lake Michigan.

As you enter the building, you are greeted by a cozy bar, a pleasant bartender, a great view of the lake, and a roaring fire. The floors are hardwood, and the rooms are framed by panel glass windows.

We seated ourselves in the cocktail lounge and ordered drinks. The drinks were well made, reasonably priced, and speedy. We enjoyed our cocktails in front of the fireplace, and shortly thereafter we were seated in the dining room. Our table was a window table, and we were lucky to enjoy the last of the daylight.

Glidden Restaurant has supper club fare with a few new twists. The appetizers are tried and true with no surprises. Some of the offerings are: cheese curds ($5.95), shrimp ($1.95 ppc), escargot ($7.95), Appetizer of the day ($7.95). An a la carte salad option is a Cesar salad, ($5.75) ... chicken or shrimp can be added for an additional charge.

Keeping tradition with the supper club genre, a salad bar is included with your choice of entree. The salad bar included two choices of soup (a little pedestrian), iceberg and mixed greens, fresh vegetables, beets, cheese, nuts, croutons, and traditional sturdy salad dressings. Also included on the “bar” were a pasta and tuna salad, as well as some fabulous crusty artisan bread. The salad bar was hearty and ample.

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Gorgeous location on the Lake Michigan shore.
Several of our group had the specials. The Australian lobster tails with drawn butter ($29.95) were sweet, tender and delicious. A Lunch Bunch member ordered the encrusted rack of lamb ($29.95). It was beautifully presented, cooked to a perfect medium rare, and served with the traditional Midwest mint jelly. The seasoning and flavor were superb, and I must say, quite a generous portion. Another of us selected the Iowa pork chop (1 $14.95/2 $19.95). The chop was tender and moist, a little more well done than requested, but still very flavorful. It was of course served with a side of apple sauce.

The choice of starches to accompany the entree are potatoes: baked, baby reds, French fries, rice or pasta and the vegetable of the day. The vegetable of the day was non-descript, green beans and carrots. There was an ample portion but was frozen or fresh and overcooked. This choice of vegetable to accompany a wonderful entree was disappointing.

Most of our group had been to the restaurant before so some of the house specialties were not opted for.

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Cozy fireplace area.
Many had been sampled previously and everyone seemed to give them rave reviews. The Glidden Lodge Restaurant owners pride themselves on their Signature Tenderloin ... with Merlot sauce, candied onions and Gorgonzola on toast points. ($27.95), various steaks ($18.95-$26.99), Pan-fried Walleye in panko breadcrumbs, ($19.95), Lamb chops (1 $19.95/ 2 $26.95), Chicken, Pasta Shrimp, and Prime Rib. The restaurant also offers an early bird special and children's menu.

Wine was offered with dinner, and several at our table selected a glass of the house wine. The wine list isn't terribly exciting, but there is something for most palates and at a reasonable price. After dinner, the dessert tray was presented, and a fine selection of commercially-made cakes pies and tortes were presented. As tempting as they were, we opted out.

The evening now completed, all of us enjoyed good food, nice company, great service, and the desire to return.



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