I couldnt decide between having lunch at the gypsy den or at havana, so having read a few posts about the Village Bakery I was reminded of The Lodge at The Camp on South Bristol in Costa Mesa and decided to go there for lunch. My impressions:
Décor: a bit too much for me. Its supposed to have that modern/deco/lodge look so they have stuffed animal heads on the walls, a fireplace, a couch, angular furniture some of it orange or bright metal. It was pretty noisy at lunch and it wasnt completely full. I liked the huge plasma TV on the wall since I was eating alone. Table salt comes in a bowl with a spoon and the coasters on the table are rubberized orange or yellow.
Service: I had at least 4 people check on me and everyone was attentive and friendly. They always seemed to show up just as I thought they had forgotten me.
Menu: Generic in a homestyle fashion. Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup, fresh fish, steak, pork chop, chicken pot pie, pot roast, BLTs several basic salads, nothing fancy as appetizers just your basic crab cakes, prawns, etc They had quite a few choices for vegetarians. Sandwiches come with salad, slaw and potato chips and are around 8 dollars the main dishes are range from 10-25 dollars.
My food: I had the pulled pork sandwich and a side of roasted potatoes. The potatoes werent fresh or hot and had shrunk quite a bit as potatoes that sit will do. They were nicely seasoned, but without the glass of beer to wash them down I probably wouldnt have touched them. The pork was really good. There was a bit too much of a red cabbage saurkraut on the top and the roasted pepper got bunched up in the middle. I liked how juicy the sandwich was, except it made the bread around the outside soggy. The chips were really good except a few were soft, the slaw was very good, nothing weird or fancy about it which was nice for a change.
Instead of dessert there I went to the Village bakery where I had two different types of chocolate cookies. Very good. They dont have any cakes to buy, but you can special order cakes. They dont have pictures, you just tell them if you want a traditional or modern cake and what flavor.
If my co-workers wanted to go to the Lodge I wouldnt be opposed, but I dont think Ill be in a hurry to go back.