Winner: Best Lakeside Destination 2017
Location: 11 Minnesota locations: Detroit Lakes, Little Pine Lake (Perham), Pelican Lake, Ottertail Lake, Cross Lake, Gull Lake, Zhateau (Park Rapids), Pokegama Lake (Grand Rapids), Big Sandy Lake, Green Lake and Alexandria
What's the best part about your business?
"It's summer all year long," said Detroit Lakes operating partner Tate Jansen. "Even in the winter, you'll see some staff — and even some guests — in shorts. We still have that relaxed, beach feel."
What's a menu item you wish more people would try?
"I sometimes forget about the quesadillas—and they're always awesome," Jansen said. "A lot of our Mexican food is just naturally gluten-free so that would probably appeal to a lot of people who are into that lifestyle."
Describe the perfect day on the lake.
It would mean being "on the pontoon with friends and stopping in for margaritas or a craft beer, pizza and nachos," Jansen said. Several Zorbaz locations are on the water, providing the opportunity to boat and dock — rather than drive — to the restaurant.
Second Place: Long Bridge Bar, Grill & Marina
Third Place: Lakeside Tavern