My father was visiting from Massachusetts so we decided on The Lodge because of the location close to the highway and we heard it had good pub food.
Located in a shopping plaza on Southford Road The Lodge has a peculiar set up. To enter the restaurant patrons must walk down a long flight of steps into what seems like somebody's basement. The place was dark at first but the friendly server brightened it up right away with a cheerful greeting, inviting us to sit wherever we wished.
The dining room has about eight booths, a few tables, and two TV's on either side of the room. The background music was classic rock which my teenage son was happy to hear. On the other side of the wall dividing the dining room, is a full service bar with plenty of seating areas, a juke box, and a pool table.
We started off with drinks, which came quickly, and my father was happy that his beer was the perfect temperature, "ice cold, but not frozen, just how I like it." There's nothing worse than warm beer.
The kids started off with Chicken Nachos ($6.99) and Mozzarella Sticks ($6.99). The "small" nachos were in fact "ginormous!" It was definitely enough for four adults to share, let alone two kids. But I'm not complaining, they were delicious, loaded up with chicken, tomatoes, olives, jalapenos, tomatoes and plenty of cheese.
The mozzarella sticks were gobbled up quickly and were a big hit.
For our late lunch/early dinner I dared my dad to try the Big Mouth Sandwich ($9.99). This thing reminded me of one of those Man vs. Food episodes where Adam Richman attempts, and succeeds, to stuff the contests of a cheesy meat-filled specialty into his gullet.
My father obliged my request and was happy he did. The sandwich came stabbed in the center with a big honkin' steak knife which was much needed to hold the contents in place.
There was shredded steak, sautéed onions, melted provolone and cheddar, and thin homemade crispy potato chips, yes potato chips. This smorgasbord all came served on top of Texas toast and drizzled with a tasty sweet sauce. Is your mouth watering yet?
The Big Mouth was "really good" according to my dad, and came with fries and onion strings, not rings, on the side. The thinly sliced onion strings were the perfect accompaniment to the tasty beef.
I was debating between the New Yorker, hot pastrami, melted Swiss cheese and spicy mustard sauce served on a New York Style salted pretzel roll or the French Dip. I chose the latter. Maybe somebody should have dared me to try the other one because who ever heard of a sandwich served on a pretzel?!
My French Dip ($10.99) was delicious. The roast beef was tender, juicy, and just rare enough, topped with sautéed onions and cheese with au jus on the side. I could only finish half because the portions are so hearty.
The kids tried the Chicken Tenders ($6.99) and Cheeseburger Sliders ($9.50). Both were stuffed after those generously sized appetizers. The mini burgers were juicy and the chicken tenders were in fact tender.
The atmosphere is friendly and dress is casual. Large windows overlook the patio out back which offers great views when the leaves change in the fall.
The Lodge's menu is about eight pages long with a ton of soups, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, wraps, and dinners to choose from. Click here for their menu.
All items are very reasonably priced (our bill came to $73) and guests could easily make a meal out of the appetizers alone. The service is fast, cheerful, and friendly.
The Lodge's Happy Hour is Monday – Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. They are open every day for lunch and dinner. Check out their website for more information.