When something is this good to start with, anyone caught trying to “renovate it,” or “kick up the style a notch,” really needs to be invited to leave — promptly.
Stepping in to Rich’s Muskie Lounge is a bit like stepping in to a time capsule to simpler times — a time when the food was always real and the drinks were always cold.
From the lures strung across the walls to the wood skis nailed to a column, the Muskie is a place where time seems to have stood still — much to this diner’s delight.
Not so long ago, there were places like this all around the lake where folks could gather for good food and cold drinks, right on the water. Today, such places are few and far between, but a most welcome sight whenever you find one.
My dining companion and I took refuge in the Muskie on a cool summer day when the rain came pouring down. Still, to be able to watch the water as we dined was the best dessert I could ask for. As for the main course, my steak sandwich was more like a huge slab of prime beef on toasted bread. Portions are never small at a place such as this, and we were not disappointed.
While I savored the steak, my dining companion had to try the fried walleye. Lightly battered outside, moist and meaty inside, the walleye was the best catch of the day.
While the Muskie is known for its nightly fish special of Alaskan walleye, the burgers here could also be legendary. As a consummate Parrot Head, it was hard for me to resist the “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” also known as a half-pound burger topped with bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion, of course, just like the song says.
The food had all the hallmarks of real home-cooking, while the service was prompt and friendly. And you just can’t beat the view relaxing on the deck as the sun goes down on the lake.
Never change a really good thing.Rich’s Muskie Lounge
705 E. Lake St.
Opens Mon. – Fri. at 4:30 p.m.
Opens Sat. – Sun. at 11:30 a.m.