Village Grill offers fresh sandwiches and dining

Luis Garcia, Reporter

If you like to avoid chain restaurants and grease pits then the Village Grill in downtown Bakersfield is the place for you.

For the past 12 years the Village Grill has been serving up a wide array of American cuisine, offering a long list of salads and sandwiches, open-flame burgers, seafood and vegetarian options. They are open seven days a week 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

It took me a couple minutes of driving up and down F Street before locating the restaurant that I have heard so many good things about. The parking and entrance are in the back lot around the corner of F and 28th Street.

A wooden door leads into a serene, shaded, outdoor garden patio full of lush greenery, chimes, umbrellas, waterfall noises and birds chirping. There was a decent amount of people dining in the patio, some even brought along their pets for the outing. A small hallway leads to a spacious dining room where more seating is available.

On that visit, the service was prompt and friendly. After browsing the menu for a few minutes, my companion and I ordered a cup of coffee and the Greek vegetables on a croissant sandwich.

The sandwich included fresh spinach, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and sundried tomatoes, and was accompanied with a side of fresh fruit.

Our food was brought out fairly quickly and I noticed my sandwich was smaller than I’d hoped.

It was delicious while it lasted.

Considering I ordered two items, the undersized meal was not worth the $11.78

On a second visit, I ordered a vegetarian cheese steak stuffed with grilled onions, bell peppers, melted pepper jack cheese, and a savory veggie patty in a toasted ciabatta bread hoagie roll.

Because of the abundance of ingredients in the sandwich, after I finished it, I was full.  The french fries were also cooked to perfection. They were crisp and had just the right amount of seasoning.

I paid around nine bucks for that meal and got more than my money’s worth. The restaurant’s management and staff are very friendly and they do a good job seating every customer that walks through their door.

The delicious food and unique atmosphere makes the Village Grill a great place to relax and enjoy a delicious meal. I can definitely see myself returning in the future.