My dining companions and I were fresh from an afternoon cruise on the Lady of the Lake. It had been a beautiful day and a fun float around the lake.
Now we were hot, thirsty, hungry and tired, looking for someplace cool and comfortable with a tall drink and big slice of beef.
We found everything we needed and more at The Boathouse Bar and Grill. We came in famished and left deliciously satisfied, recharged with real food and service that was swift and friendly.
Anyone who knows this Parrothead at the keyboard knows there’s no way I was going to resist ordering The Boathouse’s Key West sandwich. Served on a hearty hoagie bun and topped with sautéed onions, green peppers, Swiss and cheddar cheese, diners have the choice of meat with either grilled prime rib or chicken breast.
For me, it was a no brainer to choose the grilled prime rib on a night like this — or just about night. This most delectable of beef cuts never fails to satisfy, and the Key West sandwich was a perfect complement to an already great cut of beef.
Similarly, one of my dining companions chose the regular prime rib sandwich, served open face on a slab of Texas toast with a cup the meat’s juices on the side. It’s a sandwich I haven’t seen anywhere else and it left us all wanting to come back for more.
Our third dining companion is usually happy with just a hamburger and ordered himself a Boathouse Burger, giving two thumbs up and a real cut above the ordinary fare of most other restaurants. The Boathouse Burger is a half pound of beef char-grilled and served on a tasty kaiser bun with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles on top.
After a sun-drenched afternoon, the meals at the Boathouse revived us for the evening. They gave us energy in a relaxing environment and a taste that truly delighted.
Our only regret is that we didn’t leave room for Ely’s famous “Chicago style” cheesecake. Oh well, with entrees as wonderful as we found at The Boathouse we’ll back often — on sunny afternoons, crisp fall days, and even when the four-letter word describing white stuff from the sky returns again. But we’ll think of sunny days and relax again at The Boathouse.
The Boathouse Bar & Grill
468 North Shore Drive
Mon. – Sat., 4 p.m. to close