First Bite: The Lodge


Rancho Cordova has a new restaurant, and, interestingly, it’s located in Cordova Casino – a “cardroom” that offers table games like Black Jack, Baccarat and Three Card Poker. And while I’m not interested in playing cards, I am very interested in new dining establishments – and several visits to The Lodge have proven that this fledgling eatery will be as much of a draw to locals as the casino with which it’s associated.

 I particularly appreciated the large stone fireplace at the front of the space, a cheery and warming spot on a cold Sacramento evening; and the expansive, handsome bar area boasts a great selection of draft and bottled beers. Chef Josh McLaughlin has crafted a menu best characterized as “classic American”:  Don’t miss the fabulous Lodge Burger or the beer-battered fish and chips – some of the finest I’ve tasted in the region. Other standout menu items I sampled included a better-than-mom’s mac ‘n cheese and a first-rate corned beef Reuben sandwich.