Dining at the Great Lodges
do any of the great lodges in the pacific northwest (crater lake, mt. hood, etc.) offer cuisine in keeping with their spectacular settings and architecture? my experiences at ahwanee (yosemite) and el tovar (grand canyon) indicate otherwise but i would love to be given information that some of them do.
I have had good food at Lake Cresent Lodge (Olympic Mts). Not fabulous. They USED to be fabulous but I think they have changed management so much the quality is not there. It might even be run by Aramark now. It is still worth the view and surroundings IMHO ( just go for lunch).
I recently went to the Salish Lodge, had some wine and apps in the lounge. It totally sucked. The wine list was awful (they might have had a few more WA wines, hm?) and the really pricey cheese/meat/ fruit platter was horrid. The brie was almost frozen, they served cheap cheeses, salami from a 7-11...and dark bread. I think this disaster snack stop cost us a little over 50 dollars.