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Eating at Perfect North begins with the food service concession in the day lodge (above right). And it's not a bad place for lunch. It has pretty much the same line as its rivals at much larger and more prestigious resorts. The usual fast food, pizza, hot dinners, soups, vegetables and salads go for surprisingly reasonable prices. There is a grille out on the deck on week ends, offering hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, or Polish sausage. The big treat inside is the bread soup or bread chile. An old Puritan item from Massachusetts, it is a small loaf of bread with a bowl cut out of the middle. They fill it with your choice of soup or chile. You eat the soup or chile as usual, but meanwhile it's soaking into the bread. When you empty the bowl, you use your knife and fork and cut the hot soaked bread into squares and eat it. This is a great nourishing lunch on a cold Winter day.
As usual, we recommend skiing through the lunch hour and coming in about 1:30, when tables are available. The tables by the windows offer great views of Center Stage and other showboating runs coming down right in front of the lodge. On sunny days you can sit out on the deck for an even better view. It's a long deck running from one end of the lodge to the other, so all the tables run right along the railing. If you can't resist the Saturday afternoon NCAA game or the Sunday NFL game, there's a wide screen tv in one corner. If you come in really cold, there's a great stone fireplace with three fires burning simultaneously for propping your feet up. An extensive Cappucino bar is across the dining hall from the main food court. All considered, PN's food service ranks fourth in the region, ahead of all other day facilities and ahead of six of the overnight resorts.
The Old Homestead sits down on the flat framed by the growing ski resort on the hills behind it.

Your next option is to drive into the town of Lawrencburg. Upscale, the best dinners are at the Argosy Casino, where you can eat at five restaurants without entering a gambling room.

Bogart's is an Alfresco Italian cafe, specializing in steaks and seafood. It's too pricey for youth groups, with typical dinners in the $25 range, but would be ideal for couples.

Passport Buffet is open three meals a day and offers special Friday and Saturday midnight buffets. The buffets are pretty extensive, and include both American and international items. The unique twist here is their six totally different themed rooms. This would be ideal for youth groups. It's up on the third floor.

Jonathan's specializes in sandwiches and salads. You can get Cheddar Roast Beef on Rye, BLT, Turkey Reuben, Four Cheese Bun, Shrimp Artichoke, and all the other classics. They also have a pretty good hot pretzel. In New York City this would be called a Deli. If you ski half a day and head home around noon, this would be a good stop on the way to the interstate.

The Chartroom specializes in St. Louis style barbecue. There's a satellite dish bringing in games on big screen tvs, and live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Riviera is primarily a breakfast spot, with fresh breads, pastries and muffins made daily, and the usual Starbuck type teas, coffees and cappuccinos. At lunch they shift over to sandwiches, soups and salads.

These five are all in the building shown at top left, on the river in downtown Lawrenceburg.

However, if you've got a youth group, these may all be out of your price range. Fear not. Right on the main drag of Lawrenceburg, Eads Parkway (route 50), are a dozen eateries : Frisch's, The Golden Corral, Skyline Chile, Pizza Hut, Papa Johns Pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Arby's. Another mile down, in the adjacent town of Aurora, are a Bob Evans, Taco Bell and Long John Silvers. And, along that same highway but set back in shopping centers, are the El Burrito, New China, Hoosier Wings and Rings, Wills Grill, Acapulco's and Aunt Maudie's. That extra mile down in Aurora brings you to The Crock & Kettle, Coachlight Inn, Big Dog Deli, Applewood's, and The China Wok. If, as you come across the bridge from Perfect North, instead of turning left down the hill, you continue on straight, you come into the village of Greendale, and a final restaurant, Buffalo's Southwest Cafe. Somewhere in this array you can feed a busload of kids.

On a day trip, however, your best bet may be to pack a lunch, then buy dinner on the way home.

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