Thanks again for all the suggestions. Unfortunately my stomach and wallet capacities are both limited so while I would've liked to visit all the places mentioned it just wasn't possible.
I wound up having lunch on Thursday at Larrison's and it's definitely a place with character. I had the bison burger on a wheat/grain bun and found it pretty tasty; even though I ordered it without onions it was cooked near them on the flattop and picked up some flavor. For "dessert" I had a ribeye (not bison) sandwich and it wasn't quite as good as the burger, but I think it would've been better had I ordered it medium-rare instead of rare so I'll take the blame. Unfortunately I was there right at the peak of the lunch rush and while being elbow-to-elbow at the counter meant that photos weren't very practical it did give me the opportunity to watch the staff in action, and they knew what they were doing.
I did have Wednesday dinner at Spring Mill and enjoyed it both for the food and for the atmosphere, and having access to miles of hiking trails meant that I was able to burn off some of the calories.
Dinner is buffet-style so for my entree plate I chose chicken, potatoes and gravy, and hominy. I thought about it during my after-dinner hike and honestly think that this might've been the very first time I've eaten hominy; at the very least it's the first I can remember. The kernels had a starchy, somewhat firm texture and an interesting flavor that I found enjoyable.
The potatoes and gravy were solid in a figurative sense and while I couldn't figure out exactly how the chicken was cooked it tasted fine. I do know that the Spring Mill kitchen is well-acquainted with the salt shaker as none of the items I ate required any additional seasoning; the only negative to the meal was that the split pea soup I accidentally chose (hey, it looked different under the buffet table lights!) was too salty for my taste but at least it had nice chunks of ham (or possibly bacon) which gave a definite porky, smoky flavor.
Spring Mill also serves a breakfast buffet, and while it was pretty basic it gave me the fuel for a good 4-mile trek through the woods before cleaning up and getting back on the road.
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2012/09/04 10:21:27