Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Family Dining or Date Night: Fox and Turtle Serves It Up!

**Disclosure: Thank you to the Fox and Turtle for inviting us to visit. We received complimentary meals in order to bring you this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

On a beautiful Friday evening, we headed over to the Itasca Country Club for a dining adventure at Fox and Turtle. After perusing the menu before our visit, I was pretty amazed by this hidden treasure found not far from the green fairways of a country club golf course. Immediately, the menu revealed our kind of place. With pub comfort foods, new twists on old favorites and carefully crafted entrees, menu selections easily intrigued us. I am happy to tell you that after our visit, Fox and Turtle is definitely our type of place!

Patio and fairway of Itasca Country Club

While you do not need to be a member of the country club to visit Fox and Turtle, the luster of being at a country club is not lost. The space occupied by the restaurant is warm and comfortable yet sophisticated. The restaurant easily fits for a family dinner or a relaxed date night. Of course the range of imbibements does not disappoint. On the lovely spring day we visited, we enjoyed stepping out for a moment to enjoy the sweeping views from the patio.

View of the patio at Fox and Turtle

The dinner menu provides bar favorites, comfort foods and more elevated dishes. We settled down to a plate of chips, guacamole and salsa. All of the recipes are the chef’s own, establishing a unique dining experience. Fresh guac, fresh salsa—yum! Plus, the chips are made in house!

Chips and guacamole at Fox and Turtle

So many tempting choices on the dinner menu! Each of us went for our own versions of comfort food. My daughter is a HUGE burger fan which does not come as a shock considering she is an 11-year-old.  She went for her standard cheeseburger with a side of house cut fries. As you can see by looking at her burger, the burgers are quite generous. She enjoyed her meal and had some to bring home!

Cheeseburger and housecut French fries

I went for a dinner—the Skillet Chicken. The Skillet Chicken features pan seared chicken with peas & crispy Yukon gold potatoes in a roasted garlic white wine sauce. All I can say is divine! I loved the dish. One warning though, it is HUGE so you most likely will have leftovers. Just excellent!

Skillet chicken with yukon potatoes and peas.

The hubby ordered a Prime Rib Dip with a side of giardiniera and house made potato chips. In his own words, "It was fabulous!" Fresh giardiniera is always a treat! After sampling both the chips and the fries, we preferred the chips if you are caught between the two!

Prime Rib Dip Sandwich

We happened to visit during a festive time at Fox and Turtle. The restaurant was celebrating its first birthday!  To celebrate, Fox and Turtle treated diners to cupcakes. We enjoyed a carrot cupcake, a cornbread cupcake and a chocolate cupcake. Let me leave you to guess which cupcake my daughter reached for………I sampled both the cornbread cupcake and chocolate cupcake. I enjoyed both but give the edge to the chocolate cupcake. Once a chocolate lover, always a chocolate lover! My husband enjoyed the carrot cupcake all to himself!

Chocolate, cornbread and carrot cupcakes
 As we gathered to leave, we all had one thought—we will be back! Sometimes, it can be difficult to uncover restaurants that all three of us enjoy. Fox and Turtle certainly did that. As a parent, sometimes it can be a challenge to find a restaurant where parents can have a true dinner while there are still plenty of options that appear to children. This is certainly the case here at Fox and Turtle. While appealing to families, Fox and Turtle also can serve as a relaxed place for a date night. A lovely restaurant that I am glad to add to our repertoire!
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