Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year and Happy Trails to te Clubhouse!

Clubhouse Restaurant
3333 Bristol Street, Suite 2802
 Costa Mesa, CA 92626

I tried to get this up before they closed, but with the holidays and all the running around, I ran out of time. When I heard that the Clubhouse was closing, I could not believe it. I had been over the years, and it always had a decent crowd. I managed to make it over there twice in the last two weeks. Here, for nostalgia's sake is what I had to eat.

This is the Flaming Spinach & Artichoke Dip. It is very cheesy, and lit on fire table-side. Very good taste, but a little too light on the artichoke. But a great way to start the meal.

Here is the second appetizer that we got, the Firecracker Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. The presentation on this was good, as is all the food at the Clubhouse. This crab cake is served with Sriracha mayonnaise and a tropical fruit relish. The accompaniments went very nicely with the crab cake. The crab cake alone, had a mild taste, but was enhanced with the fruit and mayo. A little pricey at $16, but it was half price during our happy hour visit.

This is Katie's colorful, Clubhouse Garbage Salad. This salad seemed to have a little bit of everything in it, including; chicken, eggs, cheddar cheese, Roma tomatoes, artichoke hearts, green onion, bacon, green & black olives, and balsamic vinaigrette. If I had my choice I would have asked for blue cheese or ranch as a dressing, but she liked this salad, and had enough to take to work the next day.

Blackened Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya was my choice. I was a little dissappointed with this item though. The chicken was in big hunks, it would have been better if it was shredded. Also they were really skimpy on the sausage and shrimp. I counted three shrimp on the entire $21 dish. Lastly, there was no liquid in this dish. Nothing to mop up with bread. Not a good scene.

Next we have one of the house favorites, the Meatloaf and Mashed Potato Sundae. Their killer meatloaf is served over a scoop of mashed potatoes, with another scoop placed on top, and then doused in a brown gravy. Very well presented dish and tasty also. They used to serve it in sundae schooner, when they first opened.

Here we have the Tilapia in a lemon-caper sauce, with a substitution of red skin mashed potatoes, for the rice pilaf. The tilapia was cooked just right, a little flaky without being dry. The potatoes had a good texture to them, but the spinach was over-done. This was a very sturdy dish.

Here is the Bacon Ranch Chicken Wrap. Once again, wraps are not my thing, so I may not be the person to judge, but this seemed to be lacking in ranch and chicken. It was a lot of lettuce and tomato. No complaints from the person that ordered this though, so it could just be me. Damn health nuts!

Lastly, here is the reason that I kept coming back to the Clubhouse, the Shaved Prime Rib Dip. Always a winner with me, this $18 sandwich was always prepared well, and always had a great flavor. On this trip though, they could have used more horseradish sauce, but the meat tasted great and the bread was excellent. This was easily one of my top five sandwiches in the OC, I will miss you old girl!

So now the Clubhouse can ride off into the sunset. It has been a great ten years, and a lot of good times have been had. Hopefully the two new places that are going to be occupying the space, will continue the great tradition of service that the Clubhouse provided. The people at the Clubhouse were always very pleased to have you, and showed it every time you walked through their door. Once again you will be missed.

So out of five golf clubs, five being best to zero being worst, the Clubhouse gets 3.5 golf clubs from me.

For more information about the Clubhouse, and if you are ever in the Chicago area, they still operate a restaurant there, check them out here:

Clubhouse - Costa Mesa on Urbanspoon

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