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The Par Lounge

My new favorite appetizer at The Par Lounge has to be their Crispy Green Beans! Made with an onion batter and served with a super tasty chipotle buttermilk dressing. Simply outstanding!

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The Par Lounge

I’ve been eating calamari at The Par Lounge for years. I’ve ridden the roller coaster of varying qualities they’ve put out. Sometimes excellent, sometimes it seemed like a bowling alley snack bar. The new menu at Par/OG features the outstanding appetizer “S&P Calamari”. By far, their best yet! $14 ($2 off during happy hour).

Super delicious and artfully presented, I easily and happily ate the whole thing. It’s adorned with beautifully blistered shishito peppers, roasted peanuts, fresh lime, etc. Includes sides of a tasty, sweet chili sauce and a savory peanut sauce. A very nice Asian inspired spin on calamari that’s not over the top.

The Par Lounge

Outstanding happy hour appetizers at The Par Lounge! Tater skins, fried chicken tenders, etc. The only thing missing is their excellent calamari.

Chili’s Grill & Bar

The new loaded boneless wings at Chili’s are outstanding! They are smothered in a white queso, 3-cheese blend, applewood smoked bacon & chopped green onions. Served with a side of house made ranch dressing. I usually prefer my chicken on a bone but these were outrageous good! Best part was not feeling like I had to take a shower after eating it!

The Par Lounge

Outstanding dinner recently at The Par Lounge. Here’s the “Combo Platter” from the appetizer menu. It includes tater skins, fried mozzarella, onion rings and chicken tenders. Served with sides of ranch dressing, warm marinara and sour cream.

Comes with three skins which were great, crispy and hot with an ample amount of cheese. Could have used more bacon and green onions though. The fried cheese was a fairly conservative portion, but excellent nonetheless. Triangle shapes that yielded a perfect cheese pull. There was a very liberal amount of onion rings which is fine with me. For frozen, institutional rings, these are some of the best in town. Five crispy chicken tenders rounded it all out.

Now obviously this is a sea of fried brown goodness and not something you want to eat everyday! Occasionally though it’s a nice treat. The only other restaurant I eat at with this much brown on one plate would be Cracker Barrel. Good thing for my pants size there’s none close by. This whole platter is plenty for two hungry adults, or two average adults with picky child.

The Par Lounge 

Best chicken tender appetizer in town is at The Par Lounge, that I can tell you!  Likely frozen and off the Sysco truck, it’s still a high quality, fried chicken tender.  Coupled with their hot, crispy fries, it’s a meal in itself.  Pairs perfectly with ranch dressing, BBQ sauce and a draft IPA. 

Way Point Saloon 

Way Point Saloon has the most impressive onion ring tower I’ve encountered!  What stands out for me is how hot & crispy they come out of the kitchen coupled with an outstanding fry sauce.  The rings here are beer battered and definitely in the top two of Ramona when it comes to onion rings.  23 draft beers on tap is a pretty good draw too!

The Par Lounge 

Outstanding dinner recently at The Par Lounge. Here’s the “Combo Platter” from the appetizer menu. Only $13 during happy hour, it includes potato skins, fried mozzarella, onion rings and chicken tenders. Served with sides of ranch dressing, warm marinara and sour cream.

Comes with three tater skins which were great, crispy and hot with an ample amount of cheese. Could have used more bacon and green onions though. The fried cheese was a fairly conservative portion, but excellent nonetheless. Triangle shapes that yielded a perfect cheese pull. There was a very liberal amount of onion rings which is fine with me. For frozen, institutional rings, these are some of the best in town. Five small chicken tenders rounded it all out. I noticed them to be smaller than they used to be, but thicker and more tender & succulent. Not all flat and stringy. 

Now obviously this is a sea of fried brown goodness and not something you want to eat everyday! Occasionally though it’s a nice treat. The only other restaurant I eat at with this much brown on one plate would be Cracker Barrel. Good thing for my pants size there’s none in CA. This whole platter is plenty for two hungry adults, or two average adults with picky child.

The Par Lounge

The next Par Lounge appetizer I’ll be reviewing are the “Chicken Tenders”. Happy hour price is $7.25. Comes with four big, meaty, breaded and fried chicken tenders plus fries. The tenders did seem somewhat institutional (frozen), but were tasty nonetheless. Not the best I’ve had but certainly could have been worse. Highlight was the fries. Always outstanding here! Hot, crispy, moderately seasoned, just the right thickness, etc. And a good amount comes on the plate with the chicken.You can request an array of dipping sauces here but I recommend their ranch and blue cheese. I really appreciated how the dressing was loaded with a liberal amount of blue cheese chunks.

The Par Lounge

So, for the next few posts I’m going to review some of the great appetizers at The Par Lounge. The appetizers here are easily a meal in themselves! Their happy hour is a generous 4 hours, Mon-Fri, 3-7pm. Why limit “happy” to only an hour, right? During HH it’s $2 off everything on the “Great Bites” section of the menu.

Here’s an outstanding order of onion rings, only $3 (HH price). I’ve reviewed this before during our onion ring series so I’ll just stick to the highlights. Despite being frozen, still probably in the top 3 onion ring orders in Ramona. A fair amount comes out hot & crispy in a faux newsprint lined basket. I noticed a new dipping sauce along the side that was so good! Some sort of a spicy ranch type dip.

Be sure to check your itemized ticket at the end. Sometimes there are keying errors and you don’t always get the happy hour pricing.

This place has a modern, top shelf atmosphere with numerous flat screen TVs, patio seating with great golf course views and outstanding service.

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