As a continued promise to offer guests and residents of McCall authentic and elevated, yet accessible experiences year-round, Idaho’s premier lakefront resort, Shore Lodge, unveils its newest restaurant, The Cutwater, and plans for two additional distinct dining options to open late 2017. Formerly the Lake Grill, The Cutwater opened on June 16, 2017 with a sophisticated and locally-inspired menu to kick off the summer season, further positioning McCall as a top culinary mountain retreat and The Gem State as a growing foodie travel destination.
“We are thrilled to offer our guests and locals a completely new and elevated dining experience that highlights locally-grown staples and emphasizes regional cuisine, ” says Dan Scott, president and general manager of Shore Lodge and Whitetail Club. “Community is extremely important to us, so we took much thought and care into designing and creating dining options that bring out the best of McCall and Idaho. We can’t wait to open and share The Cutwater, Shore Lodge’s newest dining expression, with our guests.”
The Cutwater serves as a place to celebrate the region’s carefully crafted food and beverage offerings from local purveyors. Signature dishes such as a refreshed version of the resort’s famous Huckleberry Pancakes served with artisanal syrup made from foraged huckleberries from the local mountains, and the Cutwater Burger served with regionally raised beef in a local artisan bun will be on the sophisticated American-fare menu that will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the year. A robust wine menu will serve over 60 varieties by the glass or bottle, and the cocktail menu will include signature farm-to-bar beverages such as the Huckletini, a concoction of Vodka, Cointreau, locally foraged huckleberries and fresh lime; Fuzzy Tea, a mixture of Vodka, house-made peach syrup, ice tea and lemonade; and the Hucklerita, a delicious amalgam of Milagro Silver, Cointreau, huckleberries, agave nectar and fresh lime.
Completely redesigned from its predecessor, the restaurant’s new look is set to encourage communing with loved ones and neighbors via a new indoor/outdoor bar, coffee bar and open indoor and outdoor dining area that seats 150. Interior spaces provide a bright, airy atmosphere with a neutral color palate that juxtaposes the spaces’ existing antique oak and walnut wood, paying homage to Americana design in a modern, yet rustic way, while the accordion-style all-glass wall facing the outdoor patio maintains the restaurant’s sense of place on the shores of Payette Lake.
Younger guests will enjoy a dedicated game-room complete with skeet ball, shuffle board, video and board games, and a giant connect four that is separated within the dining area by a 2,000-gallon aquarium wall that will enchant and mesmerize children as they play.
The next phase of Shore Lodge’s transformed food and beverage offering, The Bar, will open late 2017 and will be the go-to hotspot for guests and locals alike. McCall’s laidback lakefront environment will be epitomized in this entirely renovated space that was once the fine-dining restaurant, The Narrows. Drawing influence from the area’s mining and timber-town heritage in its design, The Bar will offer guests the finest spirits and provisions in the Pacific Northwest.
Also set to debut late this year will be The Narrows Steakhouse, which replaces the current Narrows Restaurant. This new culinary offering will present guests and the community with an intimate, epicurean-inspired experience set amidst a stunning backdrop of the Salmon River Mountains and Payette Lake. Idaho’s newest steakhouse will serve the finest steaks and drinks in the state, and seat 48 guests in the main area and 16 additional guests in an intimate wine room, which will also serve as a private dining room. Designed to be an elegant, yet approachable restaurant, The Narrows Steakhouse will be the ideal destination for celebratory gatherings for special occasions enjoyed over fine foods.
A McCall landmark since 1948, Shore Lodge is located just two hours north of Boise, on the edge of the largest area of protected wilderness in the continental United States. It marries the best in premier lodging with the majesty of a mountain-based sanctuary, offering guests an intimate and authentic multi-season getaway in a destination preserved in time.