Cortlandt Manor, New York
January 3, 2005
We ate several dinners at the grill, with more disappointing results. The menu choices seemed interesting, but the food was bland and in some cases tasted pre-packaged. The French onion soup was okay, but it was topped with mozzarella cheese instead of gruyere, with soggy bread in it. One night, I ordered a grilled maple-marinated flank steak with frizzled onions (not really a bargain at $16.95). It came dry, overcooked, chewy, flavorless, and without the onions. The waitress seemed surprised--she said it was a house favorite (though some staff was new), and she offered to bring me something instead. I re-ordered, and my burger came well-done instead of medium-rare (plus, it was obvoiously a pre-made frozen patty). I decided to just eat the mashed potatoes and mashed cauliflower side dishes (both good) and call it a night, since the kids had long since finished their meals. Another night, I had a very uninspired, dry shepherd's pie (my 3-year-old liked it, since it was basically bland, crumbled, chopped meat, canned corn niblets, and mashed potato).
The kids meals are the usual--hot dog, burger, nuggets, grilled cheese, pasta in butter or red sauce, etc. They do offer a nice choice of sides for the kids--smiley face fries, applesauce, veggies, fruit salad, roasted apples, and a few others, but you can only choose one--just try to convince a toddler to pick fruit or a veggie INSTEAD of smiley fries. Desserts come with the kids meal--a white chocolate-coated Rice Krispie treat or a "cup of dirt" (canned chocolate pudding with crushed oreos).
If you like beer or something with a bit of kick to it after skiing, it sounded like the bar had a wide range of offerings, including local beer on tap, but that's not really our speed, so we didn't partake.
From journal Smuggs' Family Fun!