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Enjoy Your Dining With A View At The Bayside Grill

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Posted: Friday, March 6, 2015 8:34 am

It has been a best kept secret among golfers, a place to have a great meal after playing 18 holes, but the secret is out. Coronado Bayside Grill, the restaurant at the Coronado Golf Course has a menu with a variety of choices that rivals many other restaurants in town. The view of the bay, the fairway, the bridge and the blue sky make it a perfect place to enjoy a meal. 

Although the grill has more golfers eating there at lunch, dinner is another story. A lot of local families dine at the grill. Every Thursday and Sunday night the restaurant offers a prime rib dinner which is raved about. The slow roasted prime rib is served with a choice of house Caesar salad or cup of soup and the meal includes a side of baked potato or rice pilaf. A side of au jus and horseradish cream sauce is also provided and prime rib cuts come in 10, 12 and 14 ounces ($19,$ 21, $23 respectively.) On those two nights the wine special is a Fallbrook Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon ($5 per glass or $20 per bottle.) 

Chef Heath Toms who has worked at the grill for 18 years is the mastermind behind the chef’s creations section on the menu. His creations vary by season. The spring creations will include kale salsa with marinated strawberry vinaigrette, ancho marinated salmon with cactus salsa, black beans and masa muffins and cranberry chipotle. Daily specials feature anything from fish tacos to drunken mussels. “I let the morning cooks come up with it,” said Toms.  “The mussels in white wine and butter garlic sauce are amazing.”

One item Toms will not rotate or take off the menu is the ribs. “They are so popular people would be mad and would hunt me down in the parking lot,” he joked. The ribs are made with his signature barbecue sauce he prepares himself. The ribs are on the dinner menu and often customers ask for them at lunch and he tries to accommodate them.

The grill is open for breakfast and the menu offers breakfast sandwiches, traditional breakfast items like pancakes, omelets and French toast as well as the prime rib machaca burrito or platter, a slow cooked prime rib shaved and grilled with eggs, mild green chilies, chopped onion bell pepper cheddar and jack cheese, served with  flour tortilla and side of fresh salsa ($11.) Lately Toms has made a few additions to the breakfast menu like the blueberry pancakes as well as some old time favorites. “We used to do only home fries, but now back by popular demand we offer rosemary home fries. We also added Eggs Benedict; we didn’t have that for quite a while,” he said.

For lunch, burgers are a top choice and customers can build their own. A variety of salads are also available for those who chose a lighter meal. Fish and chips, reuben sandwich, pulled pork sandwiches are some of the other choices. The chicken Caesar salad is made with a dressing made in house. Restaurant manager Dorene Bailey who has worked at the grill for 15 years loves it. “For the first two years I worked here I had that salad every single day,” she said. All the soups are also made in house.

The kids’ menu  has all the little ones’ favorites like mac and cheese, quesadilla and chicken strips.

“All our desserts are made in house, nothing comes from the freezer,” said Toms. Desserts feature strawberry and new york cheesecakes, pecan pie and brownie sundae.

The grill has a full bar which offers a variety of wines and beer. Diners can chose to sit indoors or outdoors to better enjoy the view and the breeze.

The Angus beef served at the restaurant is always fresh and comes from Hamilton’s Meat, a local company. The eggs are from Buckman’s Egg Ranch in Lakeside. Sustainable seafood is served and the bacon is smoked in house.

The grill started as a snack shack in 1957 and has evolved to the restaurant it is today. Bailey recalls the previous names as Clubhouse Bar & Grill, Grumpy Dan’s and finally Coronado Bayside Grill. Years ago the restaurant was open for dinner but served only sandwiches, but since the menu was expanded the business has tripled, said Bailey.

Ed Pietrzak is a regular at the grill. He ordered a Bayside Salad recently. “The food is very good here,” he said. Pietrzak eats at the grill a couple of times a week. He usually brings his family to the Easter buffet and celebrates special occasions like birthdays at the grill.

Bailey started working at the grill as a waitress and rose up the ranks to become manager. The service is friendly and courteous and many servers become acquainted with the regular diners. “The crew is like family. They treat people like family,” she said.  

“We have a big parking lot, the view and the food are great…I think of it as a hidden gem. People don’t know we have a full functioning restaurant,” said Toms.

The Bayside Grill offers in house catering and  is a place where special occasions are celebrated like weddings, bar mitzvahs and celebrations of life.

Coronado Bayside Grill is located at 2000 Visalia Row. The grill opens at 5:30 a.m. Prime Rib Dinner is Sundays and Thursdays and reservations are recommended. Happy Hour is from 3 p.m.  to 6 p.m.Log on www.coronadobayside.com or call (619) 435-1740.

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