Cru now open in Nisswa's Grand View Lodge

The historic lodge offers contemporary dining.

The historic lodge offers contemporary dining.

When you hit the Brainerd Lakes this season, you don't have to spend the trip subsisting on fish fry. The Grand View Lodge in Nisswa--one of Minnesota's best-loved up north resorts--recently upgraded its dining options by opening a new restaurant, Cru.

Cru's menu would look right at home in many a metro restaurant, with its small plates of beet and goat cheese salad, ahi tuna, charcuterie plate, grilled lamb sliders, smoked duck banh mi, and lobster roll. Wines, of course, are a major focus, and the wine cellar acts as a backdrop for the dining room and sommelier Timothy Edwards, who also works for the Crave restaurants, has curated an extensive international list.

Cru is currently open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner service and is open to the general public.