The Ptarmigan Dining Room is the spectacular main restaurant of Many Glacier Lodge. The lodge was built by the Great Northern Railway early in the 20th century in a grand style that modern hotels simply can't match. The dining room has a hugely high ceiling and a beautiful view of the lake. The gracious service recalls an earlier era.
Check out that item in the middle of the menu: Maid-Rite Loose Meat Elk Sandwich. The moment I saw that, I knew what I would have for lunch. I have tried the original Maid-Rite loose meat sandwich, the Midwestern classic dating back to the 1920s. I wanted to see just what the chef would do with this idea.
Here is my sandwich with a glimpse of the view from my table. The sandwich was outstanding. A light Sloppy Joe-style sauce had just a bit of sweetness. The slight gaminess of the elk meat complemented the sauce perfectly. The result was a wonderful marriage of savory, sweet, and hearty.
For dessert, I had this wonderful blueberry cobbler with ice cream. Berries are the crowning fruit of the north and I tried to enjoy them every chance I had during my visit.