I had driven by the Thunder Bay Grille a few time and when business brought us near it, we decided to stop. The lodge decor seems a little out of place for Iowa; more like what I would find back home in Michigan, but it's well done. The menu reflects the lodge theme, with some interesting choices. We shared the duck meatball sliders and they were my favorite part of the meal. My other favorite part was the extensive local beer menu. I tried Mississippi Blond Ale from the Bent River Brewing Company in Rock Island and it was light and flavorful. For entrees my partner had the bison meatloaf and I had the drunken sirloin tips. I was able to sustitute a vegetable for the mashed potates, I asked for the sirloin tips to be medium rare but the waitress didn't think that could be done. She said they were usually cooked well done, but they would try. I think they ended up medium, but they were ok. The meatloaf came with some kind of barbeque sauce over it, which my partner scraped off because it was rather sweet and didn't allow the taste of the bison to come through. His roasted rosemary potatoes were very good as were the homemade potato chips that came with the sliders. Salads were good and so were the hot biscuits that came with our meals. Worth going again, especially for beer and small plates.
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