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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The patio was more spacious and had colorful, bigger chairs. This area connects to the deck which leads to the outdoor seating area.
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.
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.
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.
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!
We also noticed that they packed our leftovers in eco-friendly green boxes. Very cool.
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.
Have you dined in this restaurant? How was your experience? Share in the comments below.