Slurp, snack, chomp, gulp, repeat is exactly what you do when you dine at Sweetwater Bar and Grill. This is country dining at its finest with cowboy potatoes and flapjacks for breakfast; juicy burgers for lunch and wood-grilled prime steaks with good, old fashioned country fixings for dinner.
Looking to have a quick lunch last week took me to Sweetwater and what I found was a quaint little town reminiscent of the old west. In the middle was the Sweetwater Bar and Grill, which is flanked by Agua Dulce Hardware and Bullwinkle’s Gifts, Antiques and Interiors. It looked like the perfect spot.
I enjoyed a fabulous BLT, my all time go-to sandwich, with thick, delicious, perfectly cooked, crisp bacon, on top of a large, thick tomato slice and fresh lettuce on wheat toast. I chose a side salad with Thousand Island dressing instead of their signature house-made green goddess, as it’s another all-time favorite of mine. This simple, understated lunch was excellent and I knew I would be going back soon.
The breakfast menu consists of traditional breakfasts, plus seasonal fresh fruit, biscuits and gravy, country fried steak, filet mignon and prime New York steak and eggs. And yes, you read correctly, I did say filet mignon and New York steak and eggs. Eggs Benedict, California Benedict, omelets and pancakes, to which you can add real maple syrup, blueberries or fresh brown sugar-glazed pineapple. I was in breakfast heaven without even ordering. Lunch offers grilled-to-order hamburgers (ground fresh daily) that you can dress up with barbacoa, chili, avocado or bacon; turkey and garden burgers, sandwiches and salads.
The dinner menu is available after 5 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday and includes tri tip, New York steak, filet mignon and salmon with your choice of two sides, from an incredible list of pioneer potatoes, steamed vegetables, coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, onion rings, freedom, garlic and sweet potato fries, baked potatoes and baked sweet potatoes. Appetizers that are perfect for sharing include spinach artichoke dip, barbacoa-stuffed sweet potatoes, mushroom magnifico, chicken wings and chicken tenders.
Later that day, I met my family for dinner. We started with the mushroom magnifico (lightly battered and fried to a crisp golden brown, tossed in Caesar dressing and topped with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil). The name is perfect, as magnificent is the best word to describe this delicious and flavorful dish.
The rotisserie chicken with a baked sweet potato and salad was another great entree. The plump chicken was tender and juicy and the four of us couldn’t devour it fast enough. That large, sweet baked potato had such a velvety smooth texture and once topped with butter, it was absolutely incredible and is my daughter’s new favorite vegetable. She acted like a mother hen guarding her eggs, deciding right then, that it was going to be her main course. After the sliver of a bite she gave me, I completely understood, as it was really yummy.
The 8 oz. tri tip, baked potato and baked beans were next. This was no ordinary tri tip, it was wood-grilled over low heat, giving it a smoky finish. It’s barbecued fresh every day so you have to get there early before they sell out. The meat was served straight up, begging for the baked beans as its partner. The creamy horseradish was worth risking a blot on your shirt, as they whisk it up fresh, in-house. The tri tip was very satisfying, even after having to share with three other people.
Each of us like our baked potato differently, so the server brought the condiments in separate dishes so we could dress ours any way we wanted. The potato was amazing with crisp, golden skin, it was light and fluffy on the inside.
The last dinner item we ordered was the club sandwich with onion rings (thin sliced, grilled chicken breast layered with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and Swiss cheese with Dijon mustard and mayo). Club sandwiches are ambiguous and not all are created equal and this club didn’t disappoint. Each bite had a combination of all the ingredients and I couldn’t have been happier with that wonderful flavor. The beer-battered, deep-fried onion rings were extremely satisfying.
Our dinner was delicious and filling, but dessert was something we couldn’t pass up. We set our sights on the freshly baked, two-layer double chocolate, chocolate chip, raspberry-filled cake. Need I say more? It was just as fabulous as it sounds. This beauty was baked with love —from the very moistness of the cake to the sweet raspberry filling, to the luscious, creamy chocolate frosting. My compliments to the chef.
If you are looking to dine amidst a beautiful sunrise or sunset in a country setting, that is exactly what you’ll find at the Sweetwater Bar and Grill. It’s the perfect place to have a refreshing and hydrating drink (alcohol or non-alcohol) or enjoy some delicious food.
The restaurant is open for breakfast 7 a.m. to noon, Monday-Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday. The rest of the hours are: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Tuesday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; and 7a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. They’re located at 33310 Agua Dulce Canyon Road, 661-402-7029.
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