Over Mother’s Day weekend we enjoyed a relaxing stay at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge in Deerwood, MN. Since there is so much to share I’ve broken this trip into a series of two posts. I’ve already shared with you lodging at Ruttger’s, now let’s move on to my favorite part, the amazing food at Ruby’s.
When choosing to stay at Ruttger’s, most packages (the Modified American Plan) offer at least a breakfast and dinner buffet at Ruby’s. This establishment is fine dining at it’s best for families with plenty of room and absolutely no wait for your meal. This was always critical for us as we were dining with two preschool aged children and a newborn so time was certainly of the essence! The staff was extremely friendly and efficient and I really can’t say enough about the service.
My husband Joe’s absolute favorite meal was on Saturday evening when they served prime rib. All you can eat prime rib? I think Joe thought he had died and gone to heaven. When it was time for dessert he stated he was going to have prime rib again for dessert. He just couldn’t get enough.
Plenty of other options were also available including pasta each night and a salad bar with assorted salads, fresh vegetables and fruit. I decided to go with the chicken but I’ll admit I went back for some prime rib too. The seafood pasta was superb!
But I can’t even mention Ruby’s without speaking about the desserts. Oh, the desserts. I think I would go back to Ruttger’s for the desserts alone. I’ve never seen such a selection daily and you can bet I tried more than one.
This cappuccino mousse below was delicious but the creme brulee shown behind it was the most memorable. Joe and I split creme brulee each night we were there and again during the Sunday brunch because we fell in love with it. My husband is now begging me to make some at home and I’m happy to oblige!
Chocolate cake anyone? This was so moist and decadent!
I received a complimentary mimosa and enjoyed their flavorful french toast with strawberries and whipped cream.
While there were plenty of breakfast options, a large salad bar and many dinner choices such as shrimp were available as well. The selection was almost overwhelming but offered something for everyone.
You could even have an omelet made to order. While I would have loved to try that out, I found myself floating back into the dessert section which had an even bigger assortment than the night before. They literally pulled out all the stops including fresh ice cream and a cinnamon bread pudding and sauce that I have never tasted its equal. I think I’ll dream of that bread pudding forever.
Other special indulgences were offered including chocolate dipped strawberries and some of their signature desserts in smaller serving sizes. I always appreciate desserts like this so I can justify having more than one!
If you are looking for a getaway which really gives you a vacation from the kitchen and lets you eat like a king, Ruttger’s really does deliver, all on a gorgeous lakefront setting.
Disclosure: We received a two night stay, including breakfast and dinner paid for by Ruttger’s to share our experience. Other ammenties and travel expenses were not paid. No monetary compensation has been received and all thoughts remain 100% my own.