A local told us that we wouldn't want to have dinner here because it's "just a bar." Good thing we ignored the advice and tried this place.
There were plenty of locals in the bar and restaurant. The atmosphere was friendly and casual. As you walk in, you'll see a big wood-burning fireplace with couches and lounges for seating. One man was playing guitar and singing. Another fellow sat in with him for a while, and the two played a number of great old songs that I hadn't heard for decades. To the right of the fireplace is the cozy bar and lounge.The bartenders were friendly. One of them made me a complimentary mint julep. They were sometimes busy with other activities around the restaurant though, so fit could take little time to get one's drink refreshed.
They serve Eagle Rare bourbon, which was a rare treat. They also have some decent wines by the glass.
We ate in the dining room, which is small, with folksy decor. Beyond that, there is a pool room. There are more tables and chairs in there, but admittance is restricted to folks who are 21 or older. They also offer patio dining.
My husband and I split an order of fish and chips. They were very accommodating, and allowed us to have one piece of deep fried salmon and one piece of deep fried cod, as well as 1/2 an order of fries and 1/2 an order of tater tots. All the food was crispy, light and tasty.
The only downside was that their iced tea, while freshly-brewed, was a black tea with mint. I prefer plain black iced tea.
We made a reservation for dinner, but could have also eaten in the bar had a table not been available.
While the bar is one of the best parts of this place, it is more than "just a bar." I think that the dining area is suitable for families with kids.
We'd definitely come back here if we were to return to Idyllwild.
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