September 12, 2012

No "Redneck Yacht Club" at this lake!

Sure there might be a place on the lake that only a few folks know and if you ask country singer, Craig Morgan, he may actually let you know about said place, but odds are you and Craig aren’t friends. Instead, I’m going to send you to a place that lots of folks know and there are no; "bass-trackers, Bayliners or a party barge" that is serving up some delicious food.

The Lakes Tavern & Grill in Woodbury, MN may not have a place for you to anchor your gem of a boat, but this no-wake zone has plenty of room for your automobile and I recommend you make a trip to this Woodbury oasis for some food that will satisfy everyone’s appetite. It was my wife and I’s first trip to the Lakes Tavern & Grill and after reading over the menu a few things caught our attention and were a must order.

The first thing that caught our attention was a dish that we can thank our friends to the north for called poutine. We’ve always wanted to try it and figure it was a good time to take a stab at it. For those of you who have no clue what this delicacy is, I’m about to let you know! Start off with some French fries, season them and add in some cheese curds and delicious gravy pored all over, forming this fantastic, delicious, yummy, whatever you want to describe it as dish we know as poutine. Dear Canada (Quebec to be exact)… Thank you for providing the world with something so ridiculous and yet so AWESOME!

Lets move on to some of the other items we chose to try, flatbread pizza and their take on a comfort food classic, mac n’ cheese. My wife wanted to try the Lakes flatbread which consists of roasted garlic olive oil, artichoke hearts, prosciutto ham, mozzarella, Roma tomatoes and topped with fresh basil. If that sounds like the worst thing you’ve ever heard of, it’s time for you to broaden your horizons because this stuff is fantastic. My wife and I were comparing it some of the other places we tend to get our flatbreads from like Punch Pizza. While I thought the Lakes flatbread was a better product, she leaned more towards Punch being better. They’re completely different and BOTH excellent options.

We’re on to my favorite comfort food, mac n’ cheese! Made with a white wine sauce and loaded with cheese, tossed with cavatappi noodles and finished off with toasted bread crumbs. WHAT!? It sounds good and even better… it tastes great! You can add shrimp or blackened shrimp for an additional three bucks or a number of other ingredients for just a dollar more and we decided to add in some chicken. Go ahead and add whatever you want and make this classic mac n’ cheese your very own creation.

There may not be "astroturf, lawn chairs and tiki torches", but everyone is welcome, not just the regular Joes and I’m on board for stopping back to try some of their other tasty sounding treats like; the Lakes nachos with their signature wanton chips (are you kidding me? :) ), crab cake sliders, their other flatbreads, braised short ribs in a maple beer sauce (making my mouth water just thinking about it), rotisserie chicken with a cool cilantro mint crème sauce and maybe a burger or two. So…. What are you waiting for? Get off the real lake you’re on and head to Lakes Tavern & Grill…. Your SPF15 can wait for another sunny day!

Lakes Tavern & Grill 
9240 Hudson Road
Woodbury MN 55125

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