The Lodge at Torrey Pines is where the hubby and I stayed for our wedding night. Upon arrival at the beautiful hotel at 10:30 PM in our getaway car, not only were we so excited to finally be married, but we were also famished. We wanted food - immediately. The front desk clerk recommended room service since all the restaurants were closed and told us that we had to order the Drugstore Style Hamburger. That evening, we ordered homemade potato chips, the hamburger (with fries) and an order of buffalo wings. We were in food bliss... and, of course, marriage bliss....
The burger was so good that I had to put it on the Burger Quest list and therefore... the visit to The Grill & Bar at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.
We visited The Grill for dinner with the hubby's mom and stepdad when they were in town visiting. My goal was to rate their burger and fries -- it was definitely hard to pretend that the duck confit gnocchi was not on the menu.
As a complimentary starter, we received my favorite snack of all time.... crunchy homemade potato chips with a cool, onion dip. Wow, like chips and salsa at a Mexican restaurant. LOVED it. I wanted more, but I knew that my appetite would surely be ruined. I ate the majority of these by myself.
The hubby ordered the creamy tomato soup and fresh basil with the mini grilled cheese as a starter. Mmm, the bread was buttery and had a nice texture when I took a bite. The soup felt good in my throat and it had a smooth tomato basil flavor.
Here are the appetizers that the hubby's mom and stepdad enjoyed....
[roasted beet salad with pickled onions, pinenuts, frisee, & watercress]
[mixed green salad with toasted pine nuts, garlic vinaigrette, and goat cheese]
For dinner, here is my Drugstore Style Hamburger with lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles with golden french fries on the side. The burger was meaty and had a decent flavor. It is not what I remembered of the burger during our wedding night - I could have sworn it was on grilled sourdough - but it can possibly be that I was not famished this evening. The fries appeared to be of the frozen kind since they were all uniformly cut. Overall, the burger experience was just okay.
Now, this is what I am talking about. Both the hubby and his mom ordered the coq au biere braised chicken with silky mashed potatoes and root vegetables. The literal meaning of 'coq au biere' is 'rooster in beer.' You may be familiar with the term 'coq au vin' [from the many Top Chef episodes], where 'vin' refers to wine. This chicken dish is braised in beer and served with its gravy and tender root vegetables. It was YUMMY. The chicken was cooked perfectly where the meat was not dried out at all. It was still juicy. The mashed potatoes melted in my mouth!
[what burger? I had food envy.]
Hubby's stepdad ordered the strozzapreti with butternut squash, asparagus, mushrooms, and melted leeks - a hand rolled elongated pasta. I didn't get to try this dish, but it looked fresh and light, even though it is a pasta dish.
Dessert time! We all shared the apple and cornbread biscuit cobbler with vanilla ice cream with a generous portion of caramel sauce. Oh, it was really heavenly. Cornbread + cinnamon apples + vanilla ice cream = the perfect end to a nice dinner with the family.
The San Diego community does not think about eating at a restaurant inside a hotel unless they are staying at the hotel. Although their burger was just okay, The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines certainly opened my eyes to great, comfort food. We will be returning -- definitely for the duck confit gnocchi and for the homemade potato chips.