Review: Lunch at The Channel Marker in Syracuse, IN

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Dad and Andy on Yellow Chair at The Channel Marker, IN

Review: Lunch at The Channel Marker in Syracuse, IN

Since fall is here and I’m still hooked with the previous season, here’s a review of a restaurant we ate at during summer.

It was the weekend. Nice day to be outside. Dad had to fix an issue in his workplace. We decided to tag along. It would be quick to fix, right? That’s what we thought.

We packed up our “picnic” bag and went with him. So, while he was solving problems, we are eating our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, ramen cup noodles and trail mixes for a quick breakfast fix. We need something more substantial than this. No brainer.

Dad suggested to grab lunch in nearby town Syracuse, IN. Syracuse is known to be a lake town. We thought it would be nice to look around and grab some eats there.

After some Yelp hunting, we chose The Channel Marker. The pictures in the app suggests it is waterfront dining. We’d love some of that.

Exterior

Park Here - The Channel Marker

Park Here – The Channel Marker

The restaurant has a huge dedicated parking lot for its patrons. Its building reminiscent of a boat shack. The restaurant is next to the water. You can immediately see the outdoor seating available that is almost as much as their indoor seating.

Parking Lot - The Channel Marker

Parking Lot – The Channel Marker

Tiki Bar This Way - The Channel Marker

Tiki Bar This Way – The Channel Marker

A giant yellow beach chair greets you by the entrance sporting the restaurant’s name The Channel Marker. Always a fun moment to get on these huge chairs and snap a picture!

Andy on Yellow Chair at The Channel Marker, IN

Andy on Yellow Chair at The Channel Marker, IN

Getting In

Right by the entrance to the restaurant, lurks a loud ventilation unit that scared our son from going in. It blew air directly at the path where patrons walk. We tried to drag our son but ended up carrying him and reassuring him that it was okay to go in. When you have a toddler, moments like this feel like an eternity. I hope the management address this soon.

You'd see this boat bar and some merchandise when you enter The Channel Marker

You’d see this boat bar and some merchandise when you enter The Channel Marker

Once we finally got in, a waitress asked how many people are in our party and where we prefer to be seated—indoors or outdoors.

Inside, you get to enjoy air conditioning, ample seating and their nautical decoration. There is also an available bar inside for you to order from. The seats kinda felt cramped and too close to each other for our liking.

Inside Dining Area - The Channel Marker

More cozy dining seats inside.

We chose to dine outside to appreciate the view and watch people sail by with their boats. We sat in the patio where there were windows and ceiling fans. The same nautical theme continues here.

Hubby looks at the menu of The Channel Marker.

Hubby looks at the menu of The Channel Marker.

Patio Seating at The Channel Marker

Patio Seating at The Channel Marker

The patio was more spacious and had colorful, bigger chairs. This area connects to the deck which leads to the outdoor seating area.

Door to the dock at The Channel Marker

Door to the dock at The Channel Marker

View of the Waterfront at The Channel Marker

View of the Waterfront at The Channel Marker

Water View from our seats at the Channel Marker

Water View from our seats at the Channel Marker

The outdoor dining area has a tiki bar in it that serves your favorite cocktails. This area showcases a nice view of the water. The port allows patrons to park their boats and have quick access to this dining area.

Tiki Bar and Outdoor Dining at The Channel Marker

Tiki Bar and Outdoor Dining at The Channel Marker

The Food

Looking at our options in The Channel Marker

Looking at our options in The Channel Marker

The menu features seafood and surf-and-turf favorites. It has a lot to choose from for everyone in your group but, at the same time, it is not overwhelming to browse through. The servers were very helpful in suggesting customer favorites as well as theirs.

Our server made sure we are comfortable and taken care of. She explained that there might be a wait since there was a party of 12 ahead of us. She served us dinner rolls while we waited for our meals. After we were done with the rolls, she served the two sides that came with our entrees.

Our drinks at The Channel Marker

Our drinks: Chocolate milk and raspberry tea

Salad with French Dressing at The Channel Marker

Salad with French Dressing at The Channel Marker

I had one of their best selling meals, Steak Alaska for $26.99. The Steak Alaska contained strip steak with a stuffing of crab meat blend, finished with hollandaise sauce. This meal came with two sides. I ordered a salad with French dressing and a side of rice.

Steak Alaska at The Channel Marker

Steak Alaska at The Channel Marker

The Steak Alaska was very good. It was cooked the way I like it. The hollandaise sauce and crab meat matched well with the steak. It was seasoned well. They were generous with the serving size too. It was a lot to eat and I definitely had leftovers.

Dad ordered some Chicken Fettucine. I had some of it too. We both agreed this was one of the best alfredo sauce pastas we had. Very creamy. It had chicken strips and some garden vegetables tossed in pasta and alfredo sauce. We also had leftovers from this meal. We get to enjoy it again later!

Chicken Fettucine at The Channel Marker

Just look at that yummy pasta.

We also noticed that they packed our leftovers in eco-friendly green boxes. Very cool.

Bottomline

The Channel Marker was a great place to catch a meal especially on a breezy day by the water. The food that we ordered did not disappoint and the servers did not neglect us. It was worth the drive to Syracuse, IN. We recommend you to try them the next time you drop by this small lake town in Indiana. We hope that by the time that you do, they’ve silenced that vent unit by the main entrance.

The Channel Marker is located in 5793 Pickwick Street, Syracuse, IN. For more info like menu or hours, you can visit The Channel Marker’s website or Facebook page.

Have you dined in this restaurant? How was your experience? Share in the comments below.

 

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yamkins

yamkins

Yamkins founded Gofamgo in 2017. She is the go-to travel planner of her family. She enjoys new places to explore and to eat with her husband Derbo and their son Andy. When she is not traveling, she loves watching movies, TV shows and predicting who gets to sit in the Iron Throne. She is also a freelance designer and a registered nurse.

11 Comments

  • Frank

    The place looks clean and amazing with the water surround it and yet the food looks delicious, good review :))

    October 29, 2017 at 11:06 am
  • April

    What a great find! The Channel Marker looks like a great restaurant. I loved the colorful decor inside, and the outdoor water views look relaxing. Plus a fun photo opp with the big yellow chair and great food! Win, win, win, and win! We may have to check this out the next time we are in Indiana.

    October 29, 2017 at 1:02 pm
  • Wynne

    The food looks delicious , although the portion does look a little too much for me ahah if I were to visit there then I would definitely share my food for sure

    October 29, 2017 at 5:28 pm
  • Kyla

    I love the waterside view and can just picture the lovely breeze you’d get on the patio there. Great find!

    October 29, 2017 at 7:14 pm
  • Megan

    A waterside restaurant is always a good choice – A gentle sea breeze is a perfect accompaniment to any meal! Glad it turned out well 🙂

    October 30, 2017 at 3:57 am
  • Erika Ravnsborg

    That looks fabulous. It sounds like a cool place to be

    October 30, 2017 at 12:38 pm
  • Rosey

    Such fun pictures. Makes me want to vacay. 🙂 We have a big chair like that on Lauderdale beach. 🙂

    October 31, 2017 at 4:16 am
    • yamkins
      yamkins

      Thank you, Rosey! Big chair on a real beach, I’ll take it!

      November 16, 2017 at 1:03 am
  • GiGi Eats

    First off, your food photography is ON POINT… But what I am truly envious of is…….. ALL THAT PARKING! FREEEEE parking! LOL!

    November 3, 2017 at 3:10 pm
    • yamkins
      yamkins

      Glad you like the photography! I know, I was so happy to see that I don’t have to worry about street parking or what not!

      November 16, 2017 at 1:01 am
  • Kirstie

    That place looks so cozy and Andy seems to be very happy with his meal!

    November 11, 2017 at 1:33 am
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