That would be Sam Fonte, the Restaurant Manager and Certified Sommelier at Lake Martin’s Springhouse restaurant. In early July, my wife and I left our kids at the cabin with their grandparents and had a date night dinner at Springhouse. The whole evening was outstanding, and Sam was a big part of the experience.
That Springhouse can exist at Lake Martin is pretty incredible. The food is so good, the staff so competent, and the atmosphere so elegant, it is easy to forget you are in rural, central Alabama. Even our Atlanta foodie friends are impressed – one couple compared the quality of food and service at Springhouse to upscale Atlanta restaurants that charge a whole lot more. Hats off to all involved who make this restaurant work so well.
I’m smart enough to realize that liking good food and wine, and knowing about good food and wine are two different things, so when I eat somewhere nice I ask a lot of questions. My wife usually cringes when I start peppering the staff with queries, but even she gave in once the food and drinks began to arrive at our table. The highlight of the meal was dessert: Sam recommended a Sherry to pair with the Samoa Ice Cream sandwich and Wow! I must rethink my Lake Martin + Food associations. I love a blackened catfish sandwich with hush puppies, but I also like the 1985 Don PX Gran Reserva with vanilla ice cream.
And now we can all have both!
If you haven’t tried Springhouse, I highly recommend you go. They serve dinner Wednesday-Saturday from 5:30pm – 10pm, and brunch on Sunday from 10am – 2pm. Call a few days ahead for reservations (256.215.7080) during the summer. Please do not call me, however, for I am a Lake Martin real estate agent, and I cannot make a reservation for your party of four. Ask Sam if you have any questions and enjoy fine dining at Lake Martin!