Naming your kids Oak, Willow, and Pine Glen might raise some eyebrows—unless, of course, those "kids" are actually golf courses. That's certainly the case at Sycuan Golf Resort, where a family of three distinct layouts presents an array of challenges across 54 holes. Located near some of San Diego's most popular attractions, the resort has played host to a number of prestigious tournaments, including the Junior World Championships and PGA Chapter Shootout.
The resort's pair of championship courses—Oak and Willow—boast numerous similarities. Both check in at just under 6,700 yards and prominently feature the Sweetwater River in their layout. Pine Glen, meanwhile, is a challenging par three course that stretches to just over 2,400 yards. After severe flooding in the late 1970s, each course received a facelift from renowned architect Ted Robinson, Sr. He added elevation changes, tiered greens, and even man-made lakes that test drive accuracy and sate thirsty golf carts mid-round.
The scene behind Main Tap Tavern's bar would be right at home in an art gallery. A unique glass handle tops each of the 24 taps in glowing, swirling colors that span the gnarliest rainbow imaginable. An impressive sight to be sure, but it's what comes out of the tap that keeps patrons lining up at bar stools or grabbing seats on the patio.
The bartenders specialize in craft beer, with a focus on local microbreweries. For a change of pace, they also mix up cocktails and crack open bottles of wine, champagne, and?of course?more beer.
Chances are, whatever drink a customer chooses will pair nicely with something on the tavern's food menu, which features street food such as tacos as well as updated pub favorites. For an example of the chefs' creativity, look no further than the workman peanut butter burger: a handmade angus beef patty topped with smoked bacon, cheese, and peanut butter.
Aromas of saffron rice, lemon, and garlic waft from the hefty silver and ceramic platters used to contain Hammurabi Family Restaurant's generous portions of Middle Eastern food. Crisp puffs of falafel—patties of garbanzo and fava beans fried to a golden brown—tuck inside pockets of freshly baked flatbread. Starters of smooth hummus blended with olive oil, garlic, and lemon prep palates for spicy entrees such as roasted chicken and marinated beef kebabs. Between bites, patrons can sip shanina yogurt drinks or arabic coffee, or try to suck the nutty filling from their baklava through straws. Hammurabi’s staff also stocks catered meals with enough kebab skewers and sides for up to 150 guests.
For nearly fifty years, the wait staff at The Pancake House Restaurant has been dropping by tables to plop down hearty plates of American diner food and refill guests' mugs with hot pours of coffee. The diner has filled up patrons with mouth-watering, hunger-slaughtering breakfast classics such as omelets filled with bacon and cheddar, french toast, and a family-style, all-you-can-eat platter of endless country potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and buttermilk pancakes. The restaurant stays open past breakfast to ride out its own coffee buzz and serve up lunch and dinner options such as deli sandwiches, fish ‘n’ chips, and pork chops.
Traditional carpets hang across the ceilings above diners at Ali Baba Family Restaurant. Seated beneath them, guests dig into plates heaping with kebabs, shawarma, and hummus paired with freshly baked bread. Specialty pizzas are also available, along with vegetarian options for those who prefer to pizzas that aren't carved whole out of a large chunk of meat.
Mezzah dishes out a delicious tapas menu populated by shareable servings of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Greek cuisine. Pop the contents of a plate of garlic-and-chili-pepper-infused olives (a $5 value) into your open pucker for an aromatic appetizer with hints of sun-dried tomato before saturating already-marinated greek meatballs (a $6 value) in a dish of creamy greek yogurt sauce to cool down your palate. The Turkish-style meat-and-hummus plate (a $7 value) tops the creamy chickpea spread with a succulent crown of marinated ground beef, and vegetarians can delight in the Mezzah antipasto (an $8 value), a dish featuring assorted grilled veggies, feta, olives, and a noticeable absence of pasto. Because whistles cannot be wetted on tahini alone, diners and their dates can sweetly sip two glasses of house wine alongside their meal (up to a $6 value each) or apply the value toward a more expensive libation.