by Steve Heriot, photo provided
The somewhat sophisticated terms of gourmet, gour-mand, gastronome, and epicure have been replaced in the last several decades by the slang word “foodie.” They all mean essentially the same thing: a person who takes special interest or particular pleasure in the food that they choose to eat. This Otter Tail county community has more than its share of great restaurants for the self- proclaimed “foodie” to sample. Whatever your taste, whatever your cravings, whatever your expectations, the Battle Lake culinary community can serve it up!
The aptly-named Battle Lake Boathouse offers an extensive menu consisting of fresh, made-from-scratch dishes such as their signature pizzas, pasta, steaks, seafood, and more! The Boathouse Scampi features sautéed bay scallops, mussels, shrimp, garlic, basil, and vine-ripened tomatoes, tossed with linguine in a light white wine cream sauce.
The Rusty Nail Burger & Beer Bar offers an appetizer called Walleye Cakes. The hand-patted freshwater walleye is drizzled with wasabi aioli and napa cabbage slaw tossed in a peanut vinaigrette. It makes you wonder about the rest of the menu, doesn’t it?
Shoreline Burger & Bowl offers a great view of the lake. Their West Battler Burger features a grilled burger topped with house-smoked walleye, cream cheese, artichokes, and spinach. There’s also pecan- crusted walleye topped with brown sugar and garlic butter, or bison meatloaf, which comes with garlic mashed potatoes, brown onion gravy and sautéed vegetables.
The award-winning Stella’s Bistro & Wine Bar offers Italian, American, and vegan op-tions. The Almond Crusted Duck Strips are hand-battered and rolled in almonds with cranberry raspberry horseradish sauce.
SteVelly’s Steak & Seafood features a warm and friendly dining atmosphere in beautiful downtown Battle Lake. Serving mouth-watering steaks, prime rib, lobster, shrimp and scallops.
Stub’s Dining & Saloon is a classic supper club and a good place to sit, relax and enjoy a great meal. They specialize in Angus steaks, seafood, sandwiches, salads and more.
Lake Avenue Cafe is a traditional American cafe that serves a delicious breakfast and lunch. Don’t forget to try their awesome pies.
Lake Dog Deli creates made-to-order breakfast sandwiches, hot hoagies, paninis, wraps, a wide assortment of espresso drinks and smoothies.
For those with a sweet tooth, Granny’s Pantry offers forty flavors of hard ice cream, homemade waffle cones, fudge, chocolates and many baskets of candy.
Smackin’ Cakes serves many flavors of edible cookie dough, scones, wonderful cupcakes, and various blended coffee drinks.
Battle Lake’s newest hangout Sunroom Coffee is creating a buzz with friendly service, great coffee and an inviting space to relax and enjoy a treat.
Minnesota is the state with the most Dairy Queens per person and Battle Lake has one. Dairy Queen offers crave-worthy happy food with a wide selection of frozen treats.
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