25 Tables

The real challenge for the staff at The Narrows, the fine-dining restaurant at Shore Lodge, is to make its food and service as impressive as the view. With the restaurant overlooking the deep blue waters of Payette Lake — the area is lined with sandy beaches and encircled by snow-covered mountains during much of the year — that could prove an awfully tough thing to top, though.

Thankfully, the staff, led by executive chef Steve Topple, has proved to be up to the task. The Narrows is one of the finest restaurants in McCall and one of the most well-respected establishments in the Gem State. With thick pine logs framing a room full of elegant, deep red accents to perfectly accompany the stunning vista, The Narrows offers a dining experience that is romantic, rustic and refined, yet still mountain casual enough to appeal to a rather large audience.

The Narrows has been a favorite special occasion spot for decades, the place in McCall for everything from engagements and anniversaries, to folks simply looking for that perfect meal to end an ideal day in the mountains. (If you’re in search of breakfast, lunch or a more casual evening atmosphere, Shore Lodge also offers the Lake Grill and a lounge called the Narrows Grill.)

Thanks to the creative work of chef Topple, The Narrows has developed a solid following of true foodies. Originally from Portsmouth, England, the chef has a rather impressive résumé that includes cooking with Wolfgang Puck in San Francisco and at legendary resorts such Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Cloister in Georgia and Vail’s luxurious Sonnenalp. The chef credits much of his recent culinary success to the region’s burgeoning local food scene, which allows him to offer fresh area produce, poultry and game daily.

Chef Topple describes the menu at The Narrows as “Pacific Northwest fine dining,” specializing in seafood such as Northwest king salmon, game such as elk from just across the border in Oregon and morel mushrooms that grow in the wilds of the surrounding mountains.

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