by Eve Carr
March 22, 2001
Surely, with all of this rich atmosphere, you must be in a restaurant in some enchanted, far-off land, right? Not at all. You’re in the good old USA in Polk County Florida, just a short drive from many of Florida’s main attractions. You are dining at Chalet Suzanne Country Inn and Restaurant—and joining thousands of people, including many celebrities and notables, who have made pilgrimages here since it opened in 1931.
But Chalet Suzanne’s setting, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is just the beginning. While selections include such sumptuous entrees as Curried Shrimp, King Crab Thermidor, Lamb Chop Grill and Filet Mignon, our personal favorite is a positively addictive Chicken Suzanne ($59 for dinner, which includes appetizer, soup, homemade potato roll, dessert and beverage). Baked and continuously basted with its natural juices, the tantalizing flavor of Chicken Suzanne lingers on your taste buds—and in your memory. Just before the main course, you’ll be served just enough of their icy cool lemon sorbet to get your palate ready for this culinary adventure. But, regardless of which entrée you select, make certain that you save room for their decadent desserts. From the rich home-made carrot cake to their ice cream drizzled with Bing cherries, each item is a specialty of the Hinshaw family.
In addition to numerous other honors, Chalet Suzanne has been consecutively voted one of Florida’s Top 20 restaurants since its opening over three decades ago. Now that’s what we call a record.
Once you have enjoyed the atmosphere and food at the Chalet Suzanne Restaurant, do take time to stroll around their 100 acres. Here you’ll be able to enjoy the
Wine Dungeon, Gift Boutique, Autograph Garden, Chapel Antiques, Ceramics Salon, the Soup Cannery, and the private airstrip.
Don’t want to leave? If you’ve made reservations, you won’t have to. You’ll be able to relax in elegance in one of their 30 uniquely decorated guestrooms, many of which have Jacuzzis. Prices range from $169 to $229 per night, and include a breakfast that will continue pamper your taste buds. For more information, visit www.chaletsuzanne.com or call 863-676-6011.
From journal Florida's Beaches: More Than Great Sand