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Main parking lot and Cafe / Trading Post

Cafe and Trading Post as of 02/Mar/2013

Hours: Winter hours are 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The Crystal Lake trading post, snack bar, and cafe has been rebuilt inside with an entirely new stainless steel kitchen, new glass display cabinets, a massive walk-in refrigerator room, fresh bread racks, and other equipment all intended to be used to serve up hot and cold meals and drinks.

The chef used to work in a hotel kitchen and comments from people who have stopped in have been wonderful. The burritos and chilibeans have been reported to be excellent.

There is a very nice pot-bellied stove in the order-and-takeout section of the kitchen and there may be a few tables with chairs for people to wait inside as their meals are assembled and served.

Outside of the kitchen itself there is a large open patio with seven or eight tables next to an array of gas and charcoal grills for outdoor cooking of such things as BBQ chicken and fire-cooked hot dogs.

Finally, because the Summer months can get hot up there, the trading post has a secondary very large walk-in ice freezer that can hold a thousand bags of ice.

The current menu does not include the Daily Specials which are posted on the sign outside. The prices and availability of some items may change so please be sure to check the menu at the counter. And be sure to let the cook know how much you enjoyed his cooking! :)
Breakfast Burrito Flour tortilla with egg, cheese, hash browns with choise of sausage or chorizo $5.75
Cheeseburger 1/4 pound patty, cheese, mayo or Thousand Island, served on the side: lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion $5.50
Hot Dog 1/4 pound hot dog. Toppings available: relish, onions, ketchup and mustard. (Add chili and cheese $1.00) $3.75
Hamburger 1/4 pound patty, mayo or Thousand Island, served on the side: lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion $5.00
Charbroiled chicken sandich Herb marinated chicken breast with melted Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, with pickels on white, wheat, or sesame seed bun $6.95
Tuna sandwich White Albacore tuna with minced celery, onions, carrots with light olive mayo. Lettuce, tomato on side with pickles. White or wheat bread. $5.25
Grilled cheese sandwich Choice of white or wheat bread $3.25
Charbroiled chicken wrap Flour tortilla with grilled chicken strips with lettuce and tomato. Choice of garlic sauce or salsa. $5.95
*Trading Post Chili* Cup of chili with meat and beans. Served with grated cheese and onion. Our chilibeans have become very popular! Comments posted to our Facebook page about our chili makes the cook very happy! $4.25
Simple Nachos Platter of chips with cheese and jalapeno peppers. (With chili $5.00) $4.00
Simple Chips and Salsa Platter of chips with salsa and jalapeno peppers. $4.00
French Fries Available on weekends only. Ask about adding chili and cheese! $2.50
Daily Specials often include a variety of cold sandwiches with different cuts and seasoning that may change from day to day.
If we can make something special for you, please ask!


The Cafe building is historic, the wonderful rock-and-concrete walls were built a long time ago. Pine trees used to grow on the patio side of the building but over the years tree branches have splintered off and caused damage until eventually the large trees threatened to cause major damage to the store so they had to be removed.

The U. S. Forest Service Visitor Center across the parking lot from the Cafe looks today just like it did back in the 1960's, and one can see from the Old Tyme photographs on this web site what the Cafe and Visitor Center used to look like.

Site map is at: Crystal Lake site map
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