The Flippin’ Cow is ready for business on the shores of Simonton Lake.
Owner Cam Snyder said Wednesday that a soft opening began this week and the first day of business will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20.
He and his family closed Lakeshore Grill, 51330 S.R. 19, Elkhart, after Nov. 24 and started remodeling. Snyder said he was at the business 23 straight days getting it remodeled.
As promised, the walls have wood recycled from pallets. Bathrooms got remodeled. A boat was hung above the bar. An awning from an old house was put on the wall behind the bar. A 487-pound shuffleboard table exited a Middlebury house through a window, hoisted by six guys, and now is part of the dining room at The Flippin’ Cow, he said.
The menu features bar food and burgers with a twist, Snyder said. “We put some fun stuff in here. Tried to have fun with the menu,” he said.
Appetizers include loaded tater tots ($7.99), fried pickles made with the recipe of Snyder’s Gramma Wa Wa ($5.99), as well as cheese curds, onion rings, wings and poppers.
The burger menu includes eight “fancy” burgers and the ability to build your own from a variety of toppings. Burgers are made with chuck steak, black beans or bison. Buns include a buttered potato version made in South Bend, a sweet pretzel roll and a wheat brioche. The menu also includes salads, baskets and other items, but it’s not massive. It does look really interesting though.
The Stella Moo I got to try was a burger topped with smoked brisket, jalapeno bacon, onion straws, pepperjack cheese and an alehouse barbecue sauce that has Sweet Baby Ray’s as a base and has some added beer. The burger had great flavor, wasn’t too messy and was certainly satisfying. It’s listed at $9.49 on the menu.
Burgers were the best seller at Lakeshore and also sell well at Chubby Trout and Fat Tomato, the Snyder family’s other two restaurants.
The burger bar has six taps, five of which are craft brews, and is no smoking. It has seating for about 100. Its winter hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 8 on Sunday.
You can view the menu below: