Boone’s Long Lake Inn
Ten miles west of Traverse City you’ll find beautiful Long Lake. Just off its south eastern shores lies Boone’s Long Lake Inn, a family dining destination for over 30 years now. Steeped in tradition, Boone’s is built a stone’s throw away from where an old saw mill originally stood on the banks of the lake. Since 1949 there has been a restaurant of some sort or other where Boone’s now stands, but it’s been “Boone’s” since 1980 when Barry Boone bought the property. Boone’s has been owned and run by local Traverse City native Nick Boudjalis since 1997, and he’s been part of the Boone’s tradition since 1985 when he began there as a bar tender.
There were so many appetizers to choose from, it was difficult to narrow down, but we landed on these three: Perch; Portabella Mushroom Wedges; and Fried Zucchini. The perch appetizer came with 5 fillets of lightly breaded perch that tasted as if it was caught fresh from the lake 50 yards away. The perch was light and flaky, and seasoned perfectly. We also enjoyed the fried zucchini. Lightly breaded on the outside with seasonings, it was crispy outside, and warm and tender inside. Even the kids loved the fried zucchini! My favorite without a doubt however was the portabella mushroom wedges. Served with a slightly spicy ranch sauce, these wedges were lightly beer battered and absolutely fantastic! A common theme at Boone’s is LARGE portion sizes, and each of these appetizers would have been plenty for the whole table.
Entrée’s big enough for Goliath!
As we noted before – portion sizes only come large at Boone’s! Having been to Boone’s before, I knew they specialized in steak and seafood, so I had the “8 oz” Prime Rib and Shrimp. My 8 oz Prime Rib was more like 12-14 oz’s, and was hand rubbed in special seasonings and slow cooked to perfection! Accompanying it were both boiled and breaded shrimp, large and succulent, with a baked potato and salad on the side. I also tried the locally caught Lake Michigan Whitefish, which comes with either 2 fillets or 1 and can come either broiled or lightly breaded and deep fried. One fillet was more than enough for me, as it was a huge portion. Like the perch, it was light and flaky and well seasoned. For some local flare we tried the Cherry Chicken Salad. Not surprisingly, it was huge as well! The fresh greens were topped with broiled chicken breast, dried cherries, goat cheese, and roasted pecans, and served with a fat free raspberry vinaigrette.
Whatever you do, prepare to have left-over’s when you leave, or come prepared to share an appetizer and entrée…most of them are plenty for 2 people!
Traverse City Family Style
Boone’s is great for the kids too, and has an inviting family atmosphere both inside and outside on the deck and patio bar. Beginning in early June and continuing through the warm summer months they also have live music on the patio to enjoy while you eat. The kids menu is extensive, including the likes of steak, shrimp, perch and chicken tenders, as well as the regulars you’d find for those kids who really just want their grilled cheese sandwich and fries!
Unwind with some dessert~
If you have any room left, Boone’s has a great selection of desserts and coffee creations both warm and cold. One thing to be noted for sure, is that they serve “Moomers” ice cream. Moomers, which won “best ice cream store inAmerica” in 2008, is located locally at the north eastern end ofLongLake. It’s beyond wonderful and worth saving some room for! If you enjoy winding down with some coffee however, they have both warm and cold options to choose from. The “Hummer” is a combination of Kahlua and Myers Dark Rum blended with premium ice cream that really hit’s the spot on a hot summer night, or if you feel like a little warm up, the “Mocha Coffee” is a smooth mixture of Godiva chocolate liqueur and Kahlua that would go nicely with either of the cheesecakes they offer.
What are you waiting for?!
Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, going on a first date, or taking the family out for a nice meal, Boone’s won’t disappoint! Stop by today…and make sure you come hungry!