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Jalapeño Grill review

jalapenoThere was a good-size lunch crowd when my party and I arrived, but we were quickly seated and drinks arrived in good order. The menu seems to be the same as the Harrisonburg location — which is to say, American Southwest food with a touch of Mexican. (See this earlier discussion on the difference.)

Here are the dishes we tried, with a few notes:

  • Jalapeño Burger — very nicely crafted, hot but not too hot. The beef showed no signs of having been super-compressed and frozen like some food-service burgers.
  • Classic Burger — another “thumbs up,” with both burger fans noting that the fries were very good, with a unusual thick cut spiral shape.
  • Build a Bowl — lots of options, very nicely done.
  • Vegetarian Fajitas — good standard fajitas with flour tortillas and a side of beans and rice, according to our resident veggie.

Portion sizes were generous. Thanks to lunchtime pricing of some items, the check including tax but not tip was $33.93. (To help you judge that: Two diners had water while the other two had iced tea.)

Grooming the ice
The mini-Zamboni

We were well served by an experienced waitress (Julia) and a trainee (Jennifer). The atmosphere was good, aided by the appearance of the mini-Zamboni to groom the ice on the adjacent ice rink. In fact, in skating season there should be good views of skaters on the southeast face of the restaurant.

Our service time was 17 minutes from order to food arriving — a little long for the lunch hour, but not a problem with the chips and salsa on the table.

Other notes:

  • The restaurant has more seating than is apparent from the street. The north end of the building is not easily visible.
  • Decor inside is modern, with a lot of hard surfaces. Acoustics were fair to good with a full crowd.
  • Parking in the paved area is at a premium. Additional parking is available on the gravel at the north side of the building.
  • The takeout window and restrooms are accessible from the ice rink side. Dine-in customers enter via the entrance nearest the street.
  • In the extreme southeast corner of the serving area there’s a tiny booth facing the ice — looks ideal for date night, with barely room for two diners.

Bottom line: Very nicely done American Southwest cuisine, a pleasant option for Bridgewater diners.

Note: If you had a different experience or have something to add, please comment below.

Full disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for doing this review. I did not disclose my identity as Webmaster until after the meal was over.

Ice Rink

Read the article about the rink in the Bridgewater Current. It will be open about 6 hours a day with several sessions. What’s a session? You pay by the session apparently and I assume after each session you pay again? Got a feeling that the Town is overly optimistic about the use of the facility.

Community garden?

Hi, everyone — I recently received an inquiry about the possible existence of a community garden in Bridgewater, near the College. I’m not aware of a “true” community garden, but I have of course seen the plot that Bridgewater Retirement Community residents use each summer near the corner of Dinkel Avenue and 2nd Street. So — does anyone know of a different community garden? and does that Retirement Community garden allow “guest farmers”? Who’s the best contact for that?

farmers market thoughts

i really really like the farmers market at generations park. i notice the crowds and vendors have been a little smaller lately than right after opening. but i presume the vendors are still making money. i hope they find it worthwhile. i am doing my part. i especially like the apple guy who is very knowledgeable and has good deals.