The peaks of the Organ Mountains rise above the Mesilla Valley, framing the immaculate greenery of Sonoma Ranch Golf Course's 18-hole, 7,028-yard layout. Designed by internationally renowned course architect Cal Olson, the course unfurls across the valley floor with undulating fairways, encroaching water hazards, and sprawling bunkers that force players to build sandcastle trebuchets to rescue errant golf balls. A lengthy course when played from the back tees, the grassy monolith also challenges players' short game with massive, bentgrass greens peppered with hard-to-read breaks. Clubbers can prepare for their pin-hunting voyage with a stint at the driving range or practice green, or stare down the treacherous fairways over a tasty nosh at the Sunset Grill, which overlooks the scenic expanse.
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Sonoma Grill's chefs strive to satisfy every palate by stuffing fresh, grilled veggies into homemade wraps, infusing traditional Italian-style pizzas with the smoky notes of a brick oven, and decorating hefty burgers with seven types of cheese. Sonoma's spacious, sunflower-decorated dining room maintains a family-friendly feel. A specialty kids' menu lets little ones find flavors complementary to their juice box's complex berry notes, and fully grown diners can sidle up to the 35-foot full-service bar for international wines and 10 types of specialty martinis. Sports flicker across the five plasma-screen TVs that frame the bar area, and on Friday and Saturday nights, auditory centers get an earful as live music pulsates throughout the restaurant.
The chefs at Eddie's Pizza forge a menu's worth of classic pies and assemble an array of catering trays filled with family-style Italian eats. A duet of regular pizzas arrives studded with traditional toppings such as pepperoni, extra cheese, or meatballs, and a dozen garlic knots befuddle even the most nimble-fingered Boy Scout. An accompanying two liters of soda put out mouth's rooftop fires. Alternately, creations from the catering menu satisfy groups with half trays, serving six–eight people, and full trays, serving 8–10.
Cooks at Michael Anthony’s Pizza kick out authentic Italian favorites such as chicken, veal, and seafood dishes as well as pasta and pizza. Breaded cutlets of chicken or veal parmigiana overflow with layers of tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, while the broiled shrimp oregenata comes dressed in rich helpings of garlic and lemon. Pastas such as penne, rigatoni, and six-cheese pasta purses are prepared with sun dried tomatoes, prosciutto, and vegetables tossed in cream sauces or baked with sausage and peppers. The kitchen also kicks out pizzas, including a gluten-free variety, as well as American dishes such as chicken cordon bleu and NY strip steaks. On Friday nights, guests can enjoy live entertainment while they dine.
For four decades, Benkert’s Classic Delicatessen has been loading patrons with ample portions from a menu of breakfast eats, salads, sandwiches, and hot-lunch dishes. Customers can jump start their day with two eggs any style ($2.50) while gulping complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and surfing the free WiFi on a free wireless surfboard. For midday breaks, specialty salad sandwiches cover beds of bread in quilts of egg ($4.25) and shrimp ($6.25) salad. Gourmet wraps and sandwiches ($6.95) include the Fat Tony, packed with six cold cuts, mozzarella, peppers, greens, and vinaigrette, and protected by a hero bun toasted for its noble deeds. Hot sandwiches such as the barbecue chicken ($5.75) are hearty enough to scare away the most intimidating hunger hauntings. Accessorize entrees with sides of mac 'n' cheese ($4.99/lb.) or mozzarella sticks ($3.99), and cross the finish line with a sweet slice of pound cake ($1.95).
The chefs at Johnny's Burgers don't take any shortcuts when preparing their classic American fare. Instead, they start with fresh Angus beef patties that have never been frozen, and layer them with toppings, sauces, and cheeses. The chefs show off their flavor-pairing skills with creative Burger of the Month specials—past specials have included the Reuben burger topped with pastrami, sauerkraut, a fried egg, and chipotle mayo, and a new twist on the Juicy Lucy, a patty stuffed with four different cheeses and loaded with bacon and fried julienne sweet potatoes. All the burgers pair perfectly with fresh-cut Idaho fries cooked to a golden crisp, and if you leave room for dessert, you can choose from fried Oreos and milkshakes blended with a choice of candy. For the non-burger-lover, the shop also serves sauce-slathered wings, and hot dogs served in the New York or Chicago styles.
As a man who grew up on the river, the grandson of a boat builder, Dick Blakeslee knows all about the sea and its creatures. Blakeslee even owned a former ship store on the river, the Sun DEK Marina, but his dream was always to own a restaurant, so he turned that store into a snack bar, and from there, it continued to grow. Now it's a full-service gourmet steak and seafood restaurant with a full raw bar overflowing with clams, oysters, and shrimp and seafood entrees including broiled salmon and fish tacos.
Situated right on the water, The Oar offers views of boats bobbing, whether you’re seated on the outdoor patio or in the nautical-themed dining room. Its wood paneling, sailboat art, and crisp white linens evoke the decor of a luxury yacht. Even during the wintertime, the riverside eatery brings cheer with views of the annual Christmas boat parade—a heartwarming display of twinkling lights and Santa riding up and down the river at the top of a water-ski pyramid. The tradition, which brings thousands to the river every year, was actually something dreamt up at The Oar 10 years ago.
Momo’s Sports Bar & Grill maintains the feel of a cozy neighborhood hangout even as customers flock to its plentiful TV screens like moths to a TV screen. While fans cheer on their favorite competitors, platefuls of signature wings and burgers disappear with swigs of Miller Lite, served in $8 pitchers.
Open 24 hours a day, Bread & Butter Bistro serves up a menu of classic American eats that deliver tastes of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All-day breakfast offerings include housemade pineapple yogurt, buttermilk pancakes, and crepes alongside house and caesar salads and burgers topped with corned beef. Entrees include juicy filet mignon and new york strip steaks as well as chicken pot pies and teriyaki-glazed salmon.
Though every swirl of frozen yogurt at Wild Berry Yogurt Cafe is an indulgence, it doesn't have to be a diet-breaking one. The shop carries decadent flavors, such as chocolate caramel turtle and peanut butter cookie, as well as lighter options such as the watermelon sorbet and fresh fruit toppings. Wild Berry Yogurt Cafe further helps guests make decisions by posting a Weight Watchers points chart next to the dispensers, contrasting, say, the average Italian restaurant—which does not post such information by its lasagna dispensers. The yogurt isn't just in frozen form, however. Staff also use yogurt to make creamy cakes, pies, and cupcakes that pair well with the houses's gourmet coffee and tea.
At Mamma Cucina's, murals of terra-cotta-roofed buildings and climbing vines create the illusion that guests are dining in an Italian courtyard. Plates brimming with pastas, marsalas, and calzones contribute to the impression that they are on a Mediterranean vacation; pizzas prepared in the style of Naples or Sicily can be devoured on the spot or shipped home as large, edible postcards.
At Richie B's Diamond Club, an amiable sports-bar atmosphere presents eight large-screen televisions proudly broadcasting events such as football. On weekends, live music and comedy shows entertain as patrons dine on burgers, wraps, wings, and appetizers. Balls scatter across the blue felt of two pool tables as a jukebox plays on.
Though Bud's Ale House lives up to its name—its locations boast up to 80 beer taps, more than 16 bottled varieties, and up to 60 televisions—this versatile eatery has something for everyone. As tasty brews pour from taps, including a daily special of $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts, bartenders deftly mix up top-shelf margaritas, colorful martinis, and classic cocktails. These adult libations wash down a hearty menu that spans the entire spectrum of American cuisine: habanero barbecue wings, steamed local clams, and meaty burgers are served up daily alongside gooey quesadillas and German-style bratwurst. Bud's desserts threaten to steal the spotlight, capping feasts with deep-fried Oreos and tangy key lime pie.
At Lucky Oriental, guests dine on a smorgasbord of Chinese and Japanese dishes, from savory spare ribs and spicy Hunan chicken to shrimp lo mein. In addition to these heartier entrees, patrons can also dine on more than 20 different maki rolls or sample morsels of sashimi-style tuna and surf clam from the à la carte sushi menu.
McGovern's Bar & Grill keeps regulars coming back with its inviting atmosphere—complete with glass partitions, vintage beer signs, and a gathering
room that can hold parties of up to 80 people. However, this atmosphere is only half of the equation. There's also a menu of hearty pub grub, which ranges from chicken wings and stuffed clams to Black Angus burgers. And no pub would be complete without a collection of domestic and imported beers to complement the food.