Friday, June 26, 2015

RingSide Grill

14021 NE Glisan Street
Happy Hour: 3 - 6 and 9 - close, daily

After a few short months of renovation, the RingSide Grill at Glendoveer Golf & Tennis Club is open and ready to impress the neighborhood. Like the golf course and remodeled clubhouse, everything is shiny and new. And like the greens, it seems as though they are woking hard to keep that pristine appearance going strong. The menu has changed quite a bit--as has the dining room, itself--but they've still got those trademark onion rings and a stellar happy hour spread.

Happy Hour is offered twice daily at the RingSide Grill. It includes discounts on food and drinks and is available in the bar and their garden patio (which is shaded and overlooks the golf course). The only thing missing is a bit more vegetarian fare. Luckily, the bar bites menu is available and if you're there late enough you can get something from the dinner menu, too. It's not as cheap, but maybe--just maybe--they'll consider adding something more than french fries to the list of happy hour discounts.

The food menu has tiered pricing starting at $2.95 and most drinks are just five bucks. I would definitely recommend checking out the regular cocktail menu, though, as the prices really aren't that outlandish and they've got a number of creative cocktails available on tap. (Speaking of things on tap: they now offer growler fills--both beer and wine, plus you can pick up one of their rotisserie chickens to go. It seems ideal for anyone who's spent their day on the golf course and is headed home to a hungry family.)

Sitting at a table with three meat eaters, we ordered pretty much everything. The steak bites were the big winner that night (and have been mentioned more than once since then) but the cheeseburger continues to be the best value. It's only $2.95 and comes with all the fixings.

I ordered the smoked portobello burger from the regular dinner menu (it was too hot for the grilled cheese & tomato soup combo available on the bar bites menu) and loved everything but the bun. Seriously, so many sandwiches are ruined with the too thick and too chewy qualities of even the best ciabatta roll. It's just too much bread for a burger. Any burger, it seems. The bread overpowers the other flavors and textures. Even as an open faced option (I ditched the top after the first few bites) the flavors of the mushroom and onions and everything else were masked by the big bread-y bun.

My disappointment in the portobello burger was saved by the onion rings (and the Thai Basil Collins--get one, they're good). I always eat too many...but really, who doesn't. They aren't on the happy hour menu--sad, I know--but are worth the full price every time.

Three things to watch out for on your next trip to the RingSide Grill: 1) Keep your eyes open pulling into that lot. That two-mile jogging path is heavily used by the people of East County and no one needs to get hurt. 2) The remodel included one REALLY big change. The men's and women's restrooms have switched spots. It's hard to break the routine. If you're a regular, you're likely to make a mistake. 3) Service is really good. Almost too good. You're likely to stay longer than anticipated, because everyone is so very nice.

Food: Meets
Drinks: Meets
Service: Exceeds
Ambiance: Exceeds (that garden patio is key!)
Value: Meets


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