I've lived in McHenry County almost my entire life & have passed this restaurant a million times without stopping in. I cannot believe what I've been missing.
Its a fairly small, white table cloth, intimate setting. The decor is 'colonial' to match the restaurant's moniker. The menu features creatively prepared and nicely presented game fare, paired with an extensive win list. My understanding is that many of the ingredients are locally sourced or come from sustainable sources.
The service was excellent from the get go and the server had no problem pairing glasses of wine with our dinner selections.
This is a place that foodies will enjoy - but not to sound pretentious - the average McHenry County resident may pass it up due to the cost of the some of the dishes. My wife and I enjoyed one appetizer each, a glass of wine, and our entree - our bill was around $100 before tip. So please don't expect Chili's or even Jameson's prices for that matter - you are getting high quality food created by a chef that clearly cares about what is served to his guests. Truly rare in McHenry county. You pay a fair price for quality - and I've paid a lot more for a lot less.
My understanding is that the menu changes seasonally and depending on what ingredients become available. Our meal consisted of a duck and pheasant sausage gumbo that was tasty with a hint of spice, a house salad, and entrees. My wife had filet, I had a trio of elk, antelope, and bison in a red wine reduction. It was sweet and flavorful - not a hint of gaminess. It was prepared and presented with mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables.
Our meal was paced nicely and not rushed nor belabored. The server was helpful and attentive.
This is the kind of place you might bring your wife for a quiet dinner, or family with older kids. I'm certainly going to treat out of town clients for dinner here, just for the uniqueness of the menu alone, but also because of the other factors I've stated here.
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