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“Not 'Institutionalized!'”

Island Park Lodge China Grove
Ranked #7 of 26 Restaurants in Island Park
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Chinese restaurant serving classic & contemporary dishes
Boise, Idaho
Level 6 Contributor
280 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Not 'Institutionalized!'”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Former Marie Callander owners keep up quality standards while serving the best cornbread and baby back ribs. The cobb salad and B.L.T.A. on toasted sour dough is a lot to eat and very tasty. And, $2.50 for a draft beer - unheard of! Unfortunately, smoking is allowed in the bar where we enjoy sitting and watching the locals.

  • Visited July 2014
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English first
Keller, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent food at a reasonable price”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

We decided to try this restaurant after looking at Tripadvisor ratings we found the food to be excellent and more than ample. A tuna sandwich got cranked up a notch with tomato, pickles and lettuce in a toasted sourdough serving. The homemade potato salad was superb. My wife had the chili and pronounced it excellent as well as the corn bread. Service was fast and friendly and the prices were very reasonable. I saw that several critical reviews dealt with the refusal to split tickets. There is a sign right as you walk in that says they don't split tickets. This is a small restaurant so when I saw a complaint about not getting prime rib cooked different ways, I had to shake my head. This is not the kind of setting where they would have multiple prime rib selections. If you want that better head for Idaho Falls. This is a place we would certainly recommend. People need to know where they are and temper their expectations realistically.

  • Visited June 2014
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islandparklodge, Owner at Island Park Lodge China Grove, responded to this review, 28 June 2014
Thank you for your kindness and understanding our Guest Check Policy and cooking preferences with our Prime Rib. Refreshing to hear that others appreciate small town establishments.
Wishing you the Best and continue to travel safe.
~ Happy Trails ~
Connie Funkhouser
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Novato, California
2 reviews
“Great Sunday Breakfast”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Good service, good coffee, eggs done to perfection. Portions were generous without being wasteful. We left satisfied, not stuffed. Especially good hash browns. Server was new to the profession, and brought a very sunny, humorous attitude. We will be back.

  • Visited June 2014
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Island Park, Idaho
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Down home cooking at its best.”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

This is great Idaho down-home cooking and it is wonderful. Try the ribeye steak…you will not believe how good it is. The salad, homemade cornbread and baked Idaho potato make this a feast fit for a king…or queen!

  • Visited September 2013
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pocatello
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wanted to see for my self.”
Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

We went on valentines 2/14/2014. There were four of us we asked for 2 separate tickets. We where told very rudely they do not split tickets... The waitress was very rude we thought maybe it was a lack of sunshine because it was snowy. The owner was so busy selling blue jeans and was bringing out arm loads of blue jeans for one lady that we thought selling clothing was more important than serving food. I wonder what the owner will say about this. If you want to buy purses and clothing this is the place to go. Don't go for the food because they don't split tickets.

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3 Thank jetskiwest
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islandparklodge, Owner at Island Park Lodge China Grove, responded to this review, 18 February 2014
I am slightly unclear what you wanted to see for yourself. A few simple explanations;
At the time I brought out the Levis for the gal, this was a special request per her. You are unaware of her story/circumstances so please withhold judgment. Plus, it was the perfect time for her to come back to our business, since it was right before our dinner rush.
Proceeds that are generated from our Daisy's Angels' Boutique go towards encouraging and helping women and young girls within our community and beyond. Every purchase assists another. Very admirable when a purchase is made via our Boutique. Daisy's Angels motivates and inspires others to lead a positive Faith based life.
You must have missed the sign on the restaurant door that we do not issue separate guest checks and why. Also, the same along with an explanation is printed on our lunch and dinner menus.
Obviously you knew that I was the owner, at any moment you could have asked to speak with me. I would have gladly come to your table of 4 to elaborate further on our policy and/or answered any of your concerns. If the server was rude, wish her behavior would have been brought to my attention at that particular moment, so that I may have addressed her bluntness.
Please feel free to patronize the other nice restaurants in our beautiful area. Fabulous idea!
~Blessings~
Connie Funkhouser
Island Park Lodge
Owner for over 23 years
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