With the debut of its brand-new deck dining tonight, Hogan’s further proves it’s not your typical golf course restaurant.
The term “golf course restaurant” may convey images of 19th hole exclusivity, with businessmen in golf shirts and ladies in oh-so-tasteful golf whites perched at the bar in country club-ish surroundings.
Hogan’s Bar & Grill – located at Valley Green Golf Course in Etters – isn’t like that. Imediately busting any uptight country club stereotypes is a picture on a wall behind the bar of Bill Murray from Caddyshack hunting down his golf course nemesis – the groundhog.
The setting is more like a sports bar, albeit one with big windows overlooking the grounds. But the atmosphere is still relaxed enough for a baby contentedly rocking away in a baby carrier – a sight I witnessed during my recent visit. “I think the biggest draw is that it’s a family friendly place,” says general manager John Hicks.
“We have a good selection of entrees,” Hicks also notes. You can splurge on Hogan’s most expensive meal, the surf and turf, which features a New York strip and a crabcake (with a choice of two sides) for $23.95. An average dinner entrée ranges from $9-$16, and you can order anything from classic spaghetti and meatballs to chicken parmesan or prime rib (Fridays through Sundays, for $15.95).
With York County’s close proximity to Baltimore, you can find selections of fresh seafood – from fish and chips to broiled Mahi Mahi with a light citrus glaze to, of course, broiled crabcakes.
Or you can just settle for a darned good burger. Hogan’s has plenty of them. I liked that the menu had one called “Plain Jane” – just meat on a Kaiser bun – but I went for the crown jewel of the burger menu – the Cordon Bleu. It’s a burger topped with ham, Swiss cheese and honey mustard. It’s also huge – so huge that I had to take half of it home to enjoy later. It comes with fries, and you can add onion rings or sweet potato fries for $2 extra.
Those from Steelers’ country might want to check out the Pitt-Burger, which features coleslaw, fries and Provolone cheese. If you can’t get to Pittsburgh’s famed Primanti Brothers, this burger may just hold you over. There’s also The Cowboy, which features grilled mushrooms, grilled onions, bacon and Cheddar jack cheese.
Like any good sports-themed restaurant, Hogan’s features wings. The menu has regular or boneless bites. Sauces include a bevy of hot, medium, mild, garlic, barbecue garlic, garlic Parmesan, sweet Thai chili and chipotle ranch options. If you want to add to the indulgence, the Chicago-style wings, served on a bed of fries, are just $1.95 extra.
Hogan’s also has a variety of pizzas, bolis, subs and sandwiches. The prime rib melt and the crabcake sandwiches top the sandwich list, which also includes reubens and turkey or ham clubs.
If you want to eat healthy, Hogan’s offers eight different salads. You can get your basic garden salad (add chicken for $2), which is a mix of iceberg lettuce, carrots, onions, tomatoes, Cheddar jack cheese and croutons. Or you can go with the Gorgonzola chicken salad with a combo of apple slices, candied walnuts, Gorgonzola crumbles, dried cranberries and grilled chicken.
There is a kids menu featuring chicken fingers, hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, mac and cheese and grilled cheese. Items are all $5.95, and everything is served with either french fries or applesauce and a free ice cream sundae.
Take your kids (even your baby) to Hogan’s Bar & Grill. And check out the special deals; one recent coupon option allowed a family of four to enjoy two 12-inch pizzas and 20 wings for $24.95. If you crave a steak, Hogan’s offers a “$1 per ounce” New York strip special.
• 1227 Valley Green Road, Etters; 938-4200, ext. 303
• Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday,
11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Open later Saturday for live music)