Editors' pick

Clyde's Tower Oaks Lodge

American
$$$$ ($15-$24)
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Editorial Review

Since it opened in October 2002, Tower Oaks Lodge has become the de facto social center of the county. It doesn't have the best food. It doesn't have the best service. But there is no more spectacular setting for dining.

The Clyde's Group has recreated an Adirondack-style lodge adjacent to a 21-acre nature preserve. One of four dining rooms was constructed using a 200-year-old timber barn from Vermont. Another resembles a boathouse. The myriad decorations and appointments (and crayons offered at the door) are more than enough to keep youngsters distracted for an hour or so, and the same appointments will impress most adults. Don't be surprised if on a summer night you see deer grazing just outside your window.

Reservations for Sunday brunch are necessary. Even at Monday lunch - traditionally a sluggish time for restaurants - Tower Oaks Lodge is apt to be full. Arrive at night, and there are thousands of twinkling lights to guide the way to this magical woodland setting.

--Nancy Lewis, The Guide, April 26, 2007