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Taste Buds: Fairway 4

Rayland restaurant offers good food at affordable prices

January 19, 2012

Golf may not have been on the Buds' agenda, but eating lunch certainly was.

During a recent trip up Route 7 through the Y-T-R circuit, the Buds made a stop in Rayland at the Fairway 4 to grab a late lunch.

The Fairway 4 Eatery & Lounge is a full service restaurant on the site of the 18 hole riverfront golf course. With a variety of options and affordable prices, the Buds' were sure they'd find a hole-in-one among the menu choices.

The Fairway's menu consists of several breakfast options which are served until 11 a.m. There are several combinations of eggs, flap jacks, bacon, ham, sausage, home fries and toast. Also on the menu are a variety of omelets such as the veggie delight (onion, green pepper, mushroom, tomato and cheese) and the Italian omelet featuring onions, banana peppers, capicola and both American and provolone cheeses. Sounds delish!

For lunch or dinner options, the Fairway offers tons of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, pastas, chicken, steak, ribs and fish. The Buds found that it's almost impossible to choose. Among the starters are deep friend ravioli, homemade onion rings and sweet potato fries with honey sauce. Bud Em has had said fries before and they are delicious!

Bud Shaunna had a hankering for a sandwich and was immediately enticed by the slow roasted angus beef "Fab Five" sandwiches. Each of the five feature different toppings on grilled Italian bread and they all sound mouth-watering: pan drippin' gravy; American cheese and carmelized onion; apple cider vinegar slaw; slaw, fries and provolone; and finally onion, banana pepper and provolone. Nice!

Bud Shaunna finally settled on 'the Burgh-style sandwich with slaw and fries which rang in at $5.50. The beef was moist and tasty, and the slaw added a tangy zing. In addition, the Italian bread was crisp and toasty, and Bud Shaunna needed two hands, a knife AND a fork to finish this yummy sandwich. Very filling and very affordable to boot!

It didn't take Bud Em long to decide she wanted a salad after she learned a deep fried crunchy bowl would be involved. Options include chipped porterhouse steak, grilled chicken, sauteed shrimp and a chef salad. Bud Em finally chose the sauteed shrimp salad with house dressing which totaled $6.25.

The yummy tortilla bowl was topped with a large amount of iceburg lettuce, tomato, green pepper, onion, sliced green and black olives, lots of shredded cheese and a healthy portion of sauteed salad shrimp (the little guys) and the house dressing was a sweet vinaigrette. Fries could be added for an additional buck, but Bud Em refrained. Shocking, right?!

The salad was a very satisfying meal. The veggies were fresh and crisp and the shrimp was tasty. Plus, it's really hard to go wrong with a deep fried, crunchy bowl. Bud Em would order this salad again.

Though they didn't get a chance to order them, there were many tantalizing dinners to choose from such as Pasta aglio e olio tossed with mushrooms, penne in vodka prosciutto sauce, pasta with homemade spaghetti sauce, grilled rib-eye with caramelized onion and blue cheese, and coconut shrimp.

That just means the Buds will have to make a return trip to the Fairway 4.

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