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Ocotillo Grille expanding its menu next month

Ocotillo Grille expanding its menu next month
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By Colleen Sparks

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People can unwind after playing golf and relax over food and drinks while looking at the lush, green course in the casual but elegant Ocotillo Grille. 

The restaurant at 3751 S. Clubhouse Drive, part of Ocotillo Golf Club, offers a variety of well-liked fare including breakfast sandwiches, Southwest breakfast burritos, club sandwiches, burger sliders and strawberry salads. 

Starting Labor Day, Ocotillo Grille will expand its menu to include even more flavorful, but health-conscious meals. 

“The new menu will have a lot of vegetarian options,” said Eddie Hauser, executive chef of Wedgewood at Ocotillo Golf Resort, noting “We do have options for everyone. We specialize in bar food” with an upscale touch.

Wedgewood at Ocotillo manages the food and beverage services, along with the ballroom — where weddings are often held.

A chef for five years who has spent 15 years altogether in the culinary industry, Hauser is excited about the diverse new menu items he and his team will unveil and also brings much passion to the current menu.

Diners have lots of breakfast and brunch foods at Ocotillo Grille, such as Eggs Benedict served with breakfast potatoes. Brunch is served from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.

At brunch starting in September, diners will be able to customize omelets and more choices in egg dishes are expected to be served. 

The Southwest breakfast burrito will remain on the Ocotillo Grille menu, as will house-make pancakes with blueberries or chocolate chips.

A crowd pleaser is the Ocotillo burger, a half-pound Angus beef patty with lettuce, tomato and onion and a choice of cheddar, American, Swiss, jack or pepper jack cheese. That too will remain on the new menu.

Among the fresh, sweet, savory and colorful dishes that will be added starting Labor Day is a rich and flavorful bruschetta; artichoke and chicken; and more options for vegetarians. 

Ocotillo Grille will keep its popular strawberry salad, a sweet combination of mixed greens, strawberries, avocado, candied pecans, goat cheese and balsamic glaze. 

The crowd-pleasing chicken Caesar salad with grilled chicken, chopped romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese and croutons, will also stay on the menu.

Those who like to munch on the housemade potato chips at Ocotillo Grille will be able to keep doing so. The Yukon gold potatoes are sliced, deep-fried and served with ranch dressing.

Guests can also keep noshing on the club sandwich, a well-liked combination of ham, turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, avocado, tomato and mayonnaise on toasted sourdough bread. 

Burger sliders with grilled onions and American cheese on brioche buns comprise another hearty item that diners eat up at Ocotillo Grille.

The restaurant also has a full-service bar with more than a dozen different types of wines, as well as beers including brews from SanTan Brewing Company. 

The bar is typically packed with people during golf season Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, said Rosemary Phillips, general manager of Wedgewood at Ocotillo Golf Resort said. 

“A lot of them play golf,” and dine and drink in the restaurant, Phillips said. “There will be families. It’s a nice environment to be in. We do holiday brunches.”

Ocotillo Grille seats about 75 people inside and about 50 people on its patio, which overlooks the sprawling golf course with its 27 holes and tranquil water features. Many big-screen televisions offer customers a chance to watch golf and other sports inside the restaurant.

Besides the restaurant, people can rent space in a banquet room for weddings and other events and order from more than 100 items on a menu that includes some of the Ocotillo Grille restaurant meals. 

Phillips believes customers will like the new menu.

“I think it will be good,” she said. “We’ll bring in some different items. It needed a facelift.”

Many existing customers said on Ocotillo Grille’s Facebook page that they love the peaceful setting and delicious food at the restaurant.

Kathleen Smith posted, “Eat on the patio and enjoy an amazing view. Seating inside available too and has a great bar with an even better bartender. Yummy food and awesome service! It’s a little hidden gem. Highly recommend Ocotillo Grille.”

Keld Christensen is also a fan of the Ocotillo eatery.

“Ocotillo Grille is the local oasis,” Christensen wrote. “Love the service and wonderful staff.”

Ocotillo Grille opened in 2017at the Ocotillo Golf Club after the previous restaurant, Bernard’s, closed. The new restaurant has a smaller menu and a more laidback feel. Golfer Phil Mickelson and his associates bought Ocotillo Golf Club in 2017. 

Ocotillo Grille is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Breakfast is served from 6 to 11 a.m. daily. 

Information: ocotillogolf.com/dining

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