Ten Mile Lake Steak House offers homecooked delights
By Carol Stender
Date Modified: 09/25/2012 10:54 AM
Ten Mile Lake Steak House
Hours: Summer — Wednesday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; After Labor Day, Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Customer favorite: The caramel apple cranberry cobbler made from steak house cook Vicki Lee's recipe for $5.95. Another favorite is the knoffla soup made from scratch.
Location: 12303 County Highway 35, Dalton, Minn.
Contact: (218) 589-8845
DALTON, Minn. — A beautiful view and great food is the setting at Ten Mile Lake Steak House offers great food and a beautiful view.
Located on the shores of Ten Mile Lake, the restaurant serves traditional steakhouse fare.
The food, homemade by head cook, Vicki Lee, is as enticing as the business' century-plus history.
The business was originally a resort named Camp Prohosky started by Anthony and Anna Prohosky in 1906. It was renamed Ten Mile Resort when the couple's daughter, Nellie and her husband, Fred Schultz, took it over in 1922.
Their sons, Jerry and Bob, became the owners in 1946 and added the steak house in 1962. Several years later, Jerry and his wife, Shirley's twin sons, Pat and Mike, took over. Together the twins ran the business for several years until Pat's death six years ago. It is now owned and operated by Mike and his wife, Linda.
A customer favorite is the Ten Mile Lake Special, a seven ounce sirloin made from aged beef. Ten Mile also offers hand cut rib eye, a 14-ounce sirloin, and chopped steak.
The smoked barbecued pork ribs for $14.95 are coated with Lee's homemade barbecue sauce.
Try the crachos made form Lee's homemade potato chips with cheese, onions, beef, olives, sour cream and salsa for $9.95 or $13.95 if you want the jumbo version.
The Prohosky Baskets are also a hit. Shrimp, chicken strips, quarter Broasted chicken and ribs are among the basket features all served with homemade chips and a roll. The patio steak basket, at $11.95, features a six-ounce ball tip Angus with baked potato or French fries and a roll.
Burgers are all one-third pound handpattied Angus beef served with homemade potato chips or potato salad in season. Besides the classics like burgers, cheeseburgers or bacon cheeseburgers, Ten Mile also offers mushroom and Swiss burger and the blue cheese burger at $8.95 topped with cheese, bacon, onion rings and Ten Mile's homemade blue cheese dressing.
The Nellie burger is a 10-ounce chopped sirloin topped with cheese and bacon. Ten Mile calls it a meal in itself.
Walleye and Prime Rib sandwich are also offered with the prime rib sandwich served on a sourdough bun with Au Jus.
Lee's special knoffla soup is another hit with customers as are her salads including the cranberry spinach salad, a blend of fresh spinach, romaine, cranberries, glazed pecans, tomatoes, blue and parmesan cheese, carrots and onions.
Bleu Cheese dressing, a signature item at Ten Mile, is made by Lee.
The caramel apple cranberry cobbler is an original recipe developed by Lee. The fudge brownie sundae is topped with Lee's homemade fudge. The cheese cake can be topped by one of several toppings or can be purchased on the stick. The frozen concoction is covered in chocolate.
As the Schultz's say, "You might enter as strangers, but you will leave as friends."