We were invited to brunch at an undisclosed location and were driven
to Medina. We pulled into The
Rustic Hills Country Club (I have been by it on the road but
didn’t really “know” it was there). The rolling hills of the golf
course are covered in snow but they are still open with the flags
protruding from the greens. I hear tale that when the snow melts
there are some hard core links-folk swinging clubs regardless of the
temperature. The pool is officially closed though.
We strolled the interior of the whole structure a bit and found a place that is certainly dated in some ways but appears clean and ready for hospitality. There wasn’t much going on when we arrived at opening on a Sunday morning in the middle of the way, way off season. The Fireside Lounge is better kept with a loungey feel and a fire place. Ahhh, the name makes sense. There are a number of tables, leather couches in front of the fire, a fair sized bar and windows that would provide nice vistas in the summer.
There appeared to be only two people working, I didn’t see inside
the kitchen but the two of them may well have been manning that
alone as well. Our server turned out to be top notch. Often when you
are at the only sat table in the place you have a server who is busy
distracting themselves with anything but you or the creepy sensation
that your every chew is being monitored by a stalker. This guy was
on top of everything without ever becoming overbearing.
Everyone else ordered breakfast just after I heard the roast beef
sandwich was really good so I bucked the trend. The two egg
breakfast looked fine with bacon, sausage, hash browns and toast to
accompany the eggs. There were also two omelets on the table. The
omelets are triple eggers stuffed with your choice of any of the
following three…Green Peppers, Spinach, Onions, Tomatoes, Mushrooms,
Ham, Bacon, Sausage, American Cheese, Swiss Cheese, Provolone Cheese
or Salsa. The omelet I tried was probably on the heat about a minute
too long but was stuffed with the ordered ham and cheese. The thick
toast is lightly browned and just kissed with butter which needed a
spread of jam for moisture. The potatoes are cut into a pretty
uniform small dice, like a classic Potato O’Brien, but aren’t
accessorized with peppers, onions, pimento or salt n pepper. I like
stuff on my taters but Steph prefers them unadorned. They were fried
to a nice dark brown and did just fine.
Both Omelets Likely Overdone And A Little Sloppy
But Were Loaded With Ingredients And Pretty Tasty
My expectations of golf course food are not particularly high,
country club or not. The breakfast was solid, I expected less of the
sandwich. I was surprised. The base layer was a slice of toasted
marbled rye bread topped with shaved roast beef, caramelized onions
and melted provolone. Then the whole mess was covered with gravy and
served with a pickle spear and chips. The chips were house made and
thick, crunchy and delicious but the quality of the sandwich was
where the surprise really came from. Great bread, cheese, sweet
brown onions and layers of roast beef. Nothing new or extravagant,
just really tasty. The roast beef. I don’t know if you might or
might not know what I mean when I say I have had a lost of roast
beef that doesn’t taste beefy or roasted. Actually, most of the
roast beef I have had doesn’t really taste much like roast beef.
This really did. Shaved thin, well cleaned and a good pile of it.
Add the rest and it was much better than I had expected. There
wasn’t much more business during our stay. I don’t know if they are
well accustomed to waiting out the winters or we were just at an off
peak hour of the day but the website seems to be on the mark when
they call the whole place a hidden gem. I know there aren’t many
pictures but we will rectify that before too long…Steph saw Beef
Wellington on the dinner menu so we will be back.
Much Better Than Expected Classic
With Layers Of Excellent Beef
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