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Loon River Cafe

34911 Van Dyke Ave. (15 Mile Rd.) Send to Phone
Moderately priced rainbow trout, duck and interesting soups served in a northern lodge setting.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily

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Loon River Cafe Restaurant Review

: Despite its location in a glossy conference and banquet center, this affordable, Michigan-themed restaurant has a pretty convincing northern lodge vibe, one with a big, faux-stone fireplace, field-and-stream trappings, wooden floors and country furnishings. Some of the food reflects the northwoods feel, too, like the venison cutlets with a grape jelly sauté, and Georgian Bay dip with pretzel bread. Executive chef Ray Hollingsworth has cooked here for about two decades. His menu also includes rainbow trout that dart around a tank (they are plucked when someone orders the hunter's-style dish). Other old-fashioned Midwestern selections are whitefish baked with bacon, grilled or smoked salmon, lake perch and pot roast. Dinners come with a choice of soup or Michigan dried cherry salad, potato or wild rice and vegetables. Duck roasted with cranberry glaze, steak with stewed wild mushrooms, and beef with pan gravy are specialties.


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