Read a letter from Chris Simms http://www.lazydogrestaurants.com/home/letter and you’ll get the feeling that Chris seems to be a pretty good guy. Chris grew up loving food and people, and spent time in Jackson Hole WY while growing into manhood.
In some ways I find myself thinking the ultimate restaurant that Chris built is wrestling with a fractious personality... Why the name Lazy Dog? When my call for a place to get a good tasting, reasonably priced burger went out to my grandkids, they immediately and definitively wanted only Lazy Dog. I’m thinking oh great, a place for a specialty hot dog? But not on your life did I find hot dogs on the menu. I did see a huge range of menu items from pasta to pizzas, and far beyond including my burger and going through wok cooking and soups with specials too many to publish here.
More important though is the fact that I wanted a good burger which was reasonable to my wallet and Chris Simms delivered with a wonderfully flavored Baja California Burger. I also ordered and ate most of the Cajun Fries but tasting them and comparing them to Nancy’s standard fries, I will go standard next time. Nancy did the beer battered fish and chips and together we spent $27.00 for a fine meal served by friendly servers who were attentive and pleasant. Our little people ordered from a kid’s menu and when the burger, and pasta showed up they left us wondering if the server had delivered the wrong item because the size of each was more than enough for most truckers’ appetites. Sarah, my daughter enjoyed their chicken club and the bottom line is we could only finish about ½ of all the food that the servers offered so we ate for two days on a ticket totaling about $60.00 including a beer so I’d say the tab was an extremely proper fit to my original criteria for a restaurant stop with family.
The atmosphere brings me to mind of a good lodge one would likely find in Jackson Hole and seemed ready to welcome skiers in from the Grand Tetons.
The bottom line is I am ready to go back again to try more items on their huge menu and I’d give them a hardy thumbs up for sure. I ate at their Temecula store but next time I’ll be heading to the San Diego location at 1202 Camino Del Rio in Mission Valley