by Kimberly Rivers
At Buenaventura Golf Course
5882 Olivas Park Dr., Ventura
Sometimes you are just in the mood for a no-frills, quick bite of some comfort food. You want to know the food will taste good and be served quickly. A nice view and casual vibe would be nice, and something close by means you can avoid a trek across town.
Buena Grill is essentially the snack spot for the public Buenaventura Golf Course. The grill has a small casual dining room with a bar and an outdoor patio. Every table has direct views of the golf course. There are the green fairways, rows and clusters of trees and, looking southwest, not a building in sight, giving you a feeling of being far from town. Located along the edge of a business park just off Victoria Ave., north of the Santa Clara River, the Buena Grill is conveniently located for a lunch diversion from the office — lunch and a round of golf to cut up the work day perhaps?
I was there first in the morning and enjoyed the people watching. Some of the early birds gathered for a round of golf on a gorgeous day. Loitering near their carts, waiting for their friends, stretching with a club overhead and sipping coffee. Caddies were busy getting everyone squared away.
Inside the grill there was just one other person, sipping coffee and watching the morning news. I ordered a breakfast burrito ($7) and a cup of coffee ($2), paying at the counter. Almost immediately after I had chosen my seat, a freshly made, hearty meal was brought to my table. Buena Grill’s breakfast burrito features a soft flour tortilla wrapped around melted cheese, eggs, potato tots and sausage. The coffee was strong for my taste. More breakfast choices include bagel with cream cheese ($3) and a breakfast sandwich ($8). I wished the burrito was served with a bit of salsa, but the sausage was savory and the burrito plus the view made for great way to start the day.
For my lunch visit I choose the classic club sandwich ($10). Again, quick service and fresh ingredients. Dark leaf lettuce capped a hearty stack of ham, turkey (they were out of bacon that day), avocado and tomato on toasted wheat bread, served with a bag of chips. A basic, enjoyable lunch. Other options include the Buena burger, Philly sandwich and a Cali chicken sandwich with a pesto aioli sauce. I’m curious about the tuna sandwich — now that Buena Grill has passed the club sandwich test, I may have to check out the tuna if I can get my husband to head down with me for that round of golf he’s always talking about.
The grill also touts a full bar with beer on tap and cocktails ($7 and up), and would make a great casual spot for a happy hour meet up.
I’d offer that you won’t get gourmet at the Buena Grill but when you have a hankering for a no-frills meal served hot, quick and casual, this is a great spot to tee up.