Golf is one of those games where it's not uncommon for the bad days on the course to outnumber the good ones, but, fortunately, consistency appears to reign in the Patty Jewett Bar and Grill at the city-owned Patty Jewett Golf Course.
The grill is just the place to commiserate or celebrate after a round of golf, relax after a day at the office or grab a quick bite with friends. It helps that the majestic view of Pikes Peak is visible from most of the dining and patio areas, and it doesn't matter whether any time is spent on the links or not.
It's not unusual to overhear servers greet customers by name and for good-natured banter to follow. There's a sense of camaraderie that extends to first-time or occasional diners.
You might also choose to start your day at Patty Jewett. The restaurant hours closely mirror those of the golf course; during the summer breakfast is served from 6:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. during the week and Saturdays and until noon Sundays.
Sundays also feature a brunch buffet in addition to the regular full breakfast menu. I was surprised to see the buffet. The restaurant's website includes only the lunch menu, with no mention of breakfast whatsoever. Our server, although stating the obvious, said the site is in need of updating because several items, notably some of the daily specials, are no longer offered.
The buffet seemed like a great way to sample a lot of different options: fresh fruit and pastries, scrambled eggs, home fries, biscuits and gravy, Belgian waffles and French toast. All these items are available as entrees or sides on the main menu. However, at $9.95 for all one cares to eat, the buffet is an impressive bargain. The fruit was frequently replenished and the hot items fared surprisingly well in the warming trays. I was particularly impressed with the waffles, airy with deep honeycombs for the warmed maple syrup on hand.
Service was friendly and efficient. Coffee cups were kept full, questions answered with a smile and suggestions made when faced with the quandary of home fries or hash browns. The latter, which I wanted, were not on the buffet line, while one of my dining companions ordering an omelet wanted home fries. Our server provided an easy, and obvious, solution: trade spuds. Unfortunately, we were both underwhelmed with the outcome: The seasoning on the home fries was indistinct, while the shredded hash browns didn't reach the ideal brittle and pliant ratio.
The breakfast burrito was deemed by another friend to be "the best breakfast burrito I've ever had." Pork green chili was thick with chunks of pork but not overpowering with spicy heat.
Eggs prepared any way, with bacon and/or sausage and toast, plus several omelet offerings and skillet dishes round out the breakfast menu. The menu for the rest of the day features a few salads, but sandwiches dominate, including many cold and hot varieties, with an emphasis on hamburgers. These are hand-formed and juicy on a Kaiser-like bun. Side choices include chips, potato salad, cole slaw, cottage cheese or french fries. The latter are made from whole unskinned potatoes. They're cut thick, not steak fry thick, but too hefty to get crispy. Still, they were all that makes potatoes wonderful: creamy. They fared better than the morning variations.
Years ago, when I played golf at Patty Jewett, the highlight was after the game sitting with my friends on the patio enjoying the view over nachos and a beer. I was pleased to see nachos are still on the menu. And even though I've always known it, I am happy that I don't necessarily have to chase a pock-marked ball across fairways, through sand traps and around water hazards to have them.
Patty jewett bar and grill
Restaurant character: Relaxed and casual for families, golfers and anyone who appreciates a great view, good food and reasonable prices.
Rating total: 4 out of 5 forks
Food: 4 out of 5 forks
Ambiance: 4 out of 5 forks
Service: 4 out of 5 forks
Address: 900 E. Espanola St.
Contact: 385-6908, pattyjewett clubhouse.com
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, open until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
Entrees: $3.50 to $10
Alcohol: Yes, full bar
Credit cards: Yes
Vegetarian options: Several, including veggie sandwich, mixed green salad.
Gluten-free options: Yes
Wi-Fi: No What's online
As of May 18:
- 449 check-ins by 144 people on Foursquare
- No reviews on TripAdvisor
- 96 percent of 29 voters "liked it" on Urban Spoon
- 4.5 out of 5 stars based on reviews on Yelp