Following a $2.5 million renovation, The Grill at The Lodge At Torrey Pines has unveiled its reinvigorated patio expansion overlooking the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course, complete with five outdoor fire pit tables, an overhead wooden trellis, craftsman teak furniture that doubles the outside capacity, and an alfresco lounge, all of which will compliment Executive Chef Jeff Jackson’s revamped kitchen and new menu.
Offering a more casual, laid-back atmosphere in comparison to The Lodge’s critically acclaimed, fine-dining counterpart, A.R. Valentien, Chef Jackson brings a playfulness to The Grill’s new culinary program with hints of nostalgia as he reminisces about childhood moments and favorite dishes with a mature twist. While the menu incorporates a variety of global influences, which make up California’s unique culinary heritage, it’s Chef Jackson’s homage to the Santa Maria-style of slow cooking over an open fire that sets a distinct tone and serves as the foundation for the menu.
Chef Jackson’s newly reimagined menu features a handful of classics, including The Grill’s famous trademark Drugstore Burger, alongside a mouthwatering lineup of fresh, new creations. A sampling of standout new items include: Chef Jackson’s reinterpretation of the Monte Cristo with wood roasted turkey, applewood ham, and gouda on raisin brioche served with strawberry green pepper jam; Oak Grilled Tri Tip Santa Maria Style with pinquito beans, salsa, home made steak sauce, grilled bread; and a Hot Smoked Black Pepper Salmon with pepperonata and crispy polenta.
Playing heavy emphasis on West Coast varietals and producers, resident advanced sommelier Paul Krikorian compliments The Grill’s menu with a curated selection of rotating wines by the glass, while also showcasing the new viticulture hotspot, Valle de Guadalupe in Baja, Mexico. A menu of classically driven seasonal cocktails including the Local Mule, Blood Orange Mojito, Boulevardier, Old Fashioned and Jalapeño Margarita makes for the perfect patio sippers at the newly renovated space.
The Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and is located at 11480 North Torrey Pines Road in La Jolla. For more information, visit lodgetorreypines.com and check out the new dinner menu below.