Restaurant Reviews

Park Chalet

September 7, 2015

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version: 

Winner.
Great atmosphere, fun location, amazing service and good food!

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

2-3 months ago Park Chalet got a new chef and redid their menu – so if you’ve visited before then – I would check it out again 🙂

So I’m sure everyone has heard of the Beach Chalet overlooking Ocean Beach, but have you heard of the restaurant just behind that? Well let me introduce you to the younger, hipper sister restaurant – Park Chalet. This coastal beer garden opens out to a large lawn area with seating and a live band (on weekends). This indoor/outdoor concept is great because the space inside feels open and the room never gets too loud. I loved the atmosphere, you can walk right in and seat yourself outdoors – either on their lawn chairs, park tables or something you brought from home. The outside area is dog friendly with their full menu and bar available to order. This area is great for families, friends and a quick place to go sans reservations.

Besides the welcoming and lively atmosphere, the service was great. From the moment we walked in – the hostess was very friendly and our waiter (shout out to Henry) was perfect! He was on top of everything, very attentive and super nice.

Hours
Mon – Thurs 12 pm – 9 pm
Fri  12 pm – 10 pm
Sat  11 am – 10 pm
Sun  11 am  – 9 pm 

What we ate:

  • Sampler set of beers ($13)
  • Strawberry Thyme Lemonade ($12)
  • Lavender Lemon Drop ($12)
  • Oysters ($18)
  • Spicy Chicken Wings ($10)
  • Truffled Mac n Cheese ($11)
  • The Big Catch ($42)
  • Oven Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie ($8)

Thoughts?

The beer sampler features all 8 of their house-made brews. You really get a lot of beer and it’s a great way to showcase everything they have to offer. Since I am not a beer expert, I’ll let you in on what Dennis thought: he seemed to really enjoy quite a few of their beers and thought it offered a great range of flavor. It’s all personal preference, but I thought I would include it since I was really surprised with the amount of beer included in their flight.

Since we all know I love my hard alcohol I tried the Lavender Lemon Drop and the Strawberry Thyme Lemonade. The lavender cocktail (vodka, lavender syrup, lemon) was good (I obviously ordered it because it had the word lavender in it), but I was especially fond of the strawberry one. The lavender in the lemon drop was not as easily detectable, the lemon flavor came through the strongest. I would’ve liked a much stronger lavender taste. The strawberry cocktail (strawberry thyme lemonade, lemon vodka, thyme) was my favorite. Beware because the thyme flavor is pretty strong, but I thought it made a great complement. The drink itself went down easy and was super refreshing.

The oysters were delicious – they weren’t too small and they were super fresh. I usually forgo the vinaigrette because I love my oysters with lemon and tabasco – so seeing as they had both of those things, I was in heaven!

Everywhere I go I have to try the mac and cheese – I don’t know what it is, but I’m a little obsessed. Seeing as this had truffle oil I was pretty excited, however, this was the only part of the meal I was disappointed with. There was a funny, dare I say perfume-y, taste and the truffle oil didn’t quite come through the way I expected it to. With other great staples on the menu – I would skip this one.

I really liked these wings and while I wouldn’t call them spicy, they do have a bit of a kick. It’s more of a cumulative aftertaste once you’ve had a couple and it’s different than your average buffalo spice. I really liked that there was a significant amount of meat on the bones and it wasn’t fatty. They were cooked perfectly and had just the right amount of sauce. This is a great appetizer and I would definitely order it again!

This is their “Big Catch” which includes lobster, crab, mussels, clams, potatoes, prawns, sweet corn, sausage and bread. If you’re not that into seafood or aren’t used to it being served this way – I’ll let you in on my little secret. There are spices already on this, but alone it’s pretty plain so I like to put in a little extra work and you get a DELICIOUS bowl of fresh seafood. I take everything out of the shell, throw it back in the bowl, break up the bread in bite-sized pieces and throw that in there as well. There is a good amount of juice at the bottom so make sure your bread gets really soaked. Lastly, add copious amounts of lemon (less if you’re not a fanatic like I am) – you’ll have to ask for these since they don’t serve it with lemon. Finally, ask for a spoon and make sure every bite gets juice, seafood and bread. Enjoy and thank me later!

OOOOH MY – just thinking about this oven baked cookie is making me drool. It may seem simple, but this is the perfect thickness, cooked just right with the edges crispy and the inside gooey AND the vanilla ice cream makes the perfect topping. There’s not much to say except it’s a MUST. I wouldn’t blame you if you went for this alone because as I’m writing this it’s becoming a serious possibility. This cookie is the perfect way to end your evening, so order it today and hit the gym tomorrow (or don’t… I promise I won’t tell).

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