Greetings from Lake of the Ozarks! It has been a little while since our last post so we thought what a great time to write another one…on our anniversary!
We came down to the Lake to spend a little time getting away while celebrating…wait for it, wait for it…our 1st year of marriage! We made it (sometimes surprisingly so! ;) ). We are so fortunate that we have this little get-away to go to and relax. Anways…on to the main part of the blog.
Last evening we had our anniversary dinner at Baxter’s Lakeside Grille ( http://baxterslakesidegrille.com/ ). This is the second time visiting this establishment; we had been there the first time after rave reviews and recommendations from my sisters and parents. We enjoyed it so much that time that we thought it was the perfect place to celebrate.
We made reservations through the website with Open Table ( http://www.opentable.com ) which is such an easy, simple way to choose a time you wish while also being able put in special requests ( view of the lake, non-smoking, etc.). I had mentioned in that comment section that it was our anniversary and when the host greeted us he wished us Happy Anniversary. How thoughtful! He also upgraded us to a nicer table and low and behold it was the same place we sat the first time we came! How neat was that?! It had a beautiful view of the lake but also was far enough away from the bar to be intimate.
We started out with the Spinach and Artichoke Dip which was piping hot, creamy, and complex while also coming out very quickly. Baxter’s menu is not too big but with so many good choices I had trouble deciding whereas Dan took one look and said “I’m getting the sirloin” and shut his menu. Lucky! One great thing about Baxter’s is they allow you to bring a bottle of your own wine in for a $10 corkage fee as long as it is not one of the wines they sell. We brought a bottle of red wine we bought on our Kentucky trip which we had fallen in love with- Black Barrel Reserve from Wildside Winery. The wine is aged in bourbon barrels from one of the local distilleries.
For our main course Dan got Baxter’s Sirloin steak with Wasabi smashed potatoes and a Caesar salad and I got the Seared Ahi Tuna Salad. Both dishes were savory, cooked to perfection, and satisfying. After finishing our plates, April, our attentive waitress, brought us out a piece of cheesecake on the house as a anniversary surprise, as well as taking our picture for a “surprise gift”. When she brought the bill she also brought us our picture she took in a congratulatory photo memento.
We would highly recommend Baxter’s to anyone traveling down to the Lake. Not only is the food delicious and fresh and the atmosphere inviting, but also a dress code ranging from formal to casual lakeside attire is acceptable. This is a perfect place for an intimate dinner for two or a family who wants to enjoy spending time together while getting a great meal. Enjoy!
Thank you for reading,