Catching Good Food at
The Brown Trout
By Kristi Kates 11/9/09
Built in the early 1930s as a reception hall, the Indian River restaurant known today as The Brown Trout went through several evolutions on its way to its current restaurant persona.
Going back, The Brown Trout was known as Bills Saloon and Rog Kars Saloon in the early days. In 1996, current owners Bill and Kathy Jones added a full-service kitchen and a patio to what was formerly just a bar. They preserved the interior design, only adding a good luck fish made out of small stones that was embedded into the fireplace, but revamped the entire exterior with a new foundation and log frame that perfectly suits its rustic Northern Michigan location.
We offer casual up north dining for lunch and dinner, plus wine tastings on selected Thursdays, and entertainment on the weekends, explains Bill Jones. The price range varies from burgers and pizza in the $8-12 range; ribs, slow-cooked prime rib, steaks, whitefish, walleye, and cod in the $13-18 range, and our tenderloin with morel mushroom sauce at $25. We also feature Mexican menu items including burritos, fajitas, and taco salad.
Indeed, The Brown Trouts menu seems to offer a wide variety of dining choices, all anchored by the restaurants log-cabin feel.
It represents Up North living at its best, Jones beams.