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The highlight of dining at Grand Cascades Lodge at Crystal Springs Resort can be found at the upscale eatery Restaurant Latour. Here, chef Jean Paul Lourdes focuses on cooking New American cuisine with local ingredients, and he sources a lot of the restaurant’s produce from the property's own nearby farm, making it truly a farm-to-table experience. The space is on the top floor, so you can enjoy the view while indulging in the restaurant’s three-course tasting menu, or even better, the chef’s tasting. The latter includes dishes that highlight one ingredient, for example on a recent menu, the crab section featured Chesapeake Bay soft-shell crabs with micro tatsoi, the veal portion was short loin with chanterelle mushrooms, and dessert came under the moniker “cherries,” which included a Bing cherry semifreddo and a brown butter financier topped with macerated cherry compote. With the meal, utilize the knowledge of sommelier Susanne Lerescu to pair each dish with a vintage from the epic, 135,000-plus bottle wine cellar.
Also to note, though it’s not a part of Restaurant Latour, if you are staying in the hotel you must stop by the café near the Biosphere pool complex. It serves fresh, housemade gelato in a variety of tasty flavors, plus, you can get it blended into a boozy shake for a real poolside treat. Grand Cascades Lodge also offers contemporary American spot Crystal Tavern, as well as the Italian-themed Springs Bistro.