Lakeside Hangouts: Tri-Lakes Roadhouse enjoys prime locale
CORMORANT, Minn. - With its prime location on the north shore of Lake Ida just minutes from Pelican and the Cormorant lakes, the appeal of Tri-Lakes Roadhouse to guys like Eric Ista is simple.
It's literally right there.
"If it's time to eat and nobody wants to cook, we head to the Roadhouse," said Ista, a Fargo father of two who has a cabin on Big Cormorant Lake.
On a recent sunny Sunday, Ista and family were having dinner. For Ista, it was the mushroom Swiss burger and an order of the generous onion rings. But it's also a frequent stop for a nightcap for the Istas.
"There's always something happening here," he said.
The sizable bar and restaurant, decked out cabin-style inside with log-panel walls and a fireplace, is a place for casual dining in the daytime and a hopping nightspot after sunset. Or as the slogan on a sign above the front door puts it: Fast Times Fun Food.
Tony Hubbard, the night manager, said the evening-shift calling card for the Roadhouse is its activities: beach volleyball behind the backyard deck on Thursdays, a DJ on Friday and bands on Saturdays.
Hubbard said while other lakes-area bars have weekend entertainment, few aim to do so every week.
"No one's consistent like we are," he said.
The Roadhouse menu is mostly standard bar fare, a wide variety of sandwiches and other comfort meals that expands with a daily special. On Tuesdays, the half-pound burgers go for $2.
"We're known for wraps and melts for sure," Hubbard said.
With its close proximity to multiple well-populated lakes, there's also a steady stream of customers who make the Roadhouse there regular haunt.
Hubbard said that's his favorite part about the bar.
"It's a running dialogue you have," he said. "Not to be cheesy, but it is a 'Cheers' bar. Everyone knows your name."
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