Marble is a rock of calcite or dolomite, valued for its ease to carve and resistance to shattering. The Romans, the Greeks--the Ancients!--used it in plenty to give life to sculpture; they turned raw rock into the image of MAN, under the hands of experts like Michelangelo in his timeless "David." In its raw form, marble appears in interlocking mosaics of carbonate crystals before man intercedes and turns it into its own image--into art. The same can be said of Spanky's Ribeye, which I ordered with au gratin potatoes and portobello mushrooms, rinsed with a Cab-Syrah blend. The menu described it as "exceptionally marbled"; indeed it was. In its raw form, my Ribeye was likely on the supreme end of "exceptional" before Spanky's gave it life with the touch of MAN. After the raw cut passed through Spanky's fire, under the guidance of Michelangelo-steak-chefs, its complexly marbled veins--carrying the perfect amount of fat, salt, and seasoning--found its way to my veins, now coursing at the slow speed my high-triglyceride blood now maintains. But as they say in Modern times, YOLO.
I was visiting my boyfriend's family from Ohio and on the last night we went out to dinner at Spanky's. The restaurant environment and view are great. We started off with the mussels and they were just OK. I have had better before. I think they were overcooked and the sauce was not outstanding. I ordered the Hawaiian chicken with hash browns, seafood pasta salad and wedge salad. The wedge and seafood pasta salad came first. These were both pretty good, nothing amazing. The Hawaiian chicken was decent too, nothing too special. The sauce on the chicken was super sweet. The salsa that came with was not very good and I did not like it at all. My boyfriend ordered the "Trust Me" which is a meal prepared by the chef as a complete surprise, so you have no idea what you are getting. We thought it was going to really fun and exciting, but his meal was pretty boring and he regretted ordering it. It was just beef ribs and broccoli. If you are ordering "trust me" you are pretty adventurous and would expect a bit more of an out of the ordinary meal! That was a real bummer.
Over the past 3 years we have taken my mother there for a big family birthday dinner. It is always impressive! For a group of 11, the food was fantastic, the service attentive. From the nightly specials (which were great) to the nicely crafted cocktails, it was all great. I would recommend the Chislix and the Philly CheeseSteak Lavosh for appetizers. I had the Portabella Ribeye, and it was fantastic. A great place for a special time in lake country. Well done!