Feed Me

The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.

The dilemma: I'm invited along on a lunch date to the Colonial Springs Country Club in East Farmingdale. I have my doubts about the food – in the past, most golf club restaurants I’ve eaten at have been, well, seriously under par. But the place is close to Newsday headquarters and I like the people, so off I go.

The first sand trap is a cup of bland lentil soup thick enough to stand my spoon in. I order a California chicken club sandwich – grilled chicken, avocado, bacon, lettuce and tomato. Once I remove the leather – oops, I mean chicken - from the mix, it becomes a decent BLT with avocado.

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My pal’s “Santa Fe” chopped salad – dry grilled chicken, greens, black beans, tortilla chips, Cheddar, red onions and (purportedly) cilantro lime vinaigrette – lacks both flavor and discernable dressing. Only the compadre who gets a shrimp salad sandwich (big pieces of shellfish and not too much mayonnaise) scores.

On the plus side, the dining space is big, sunny and overlooks the greens and a pond. The waitress is both cheerful and gracious. She repeatedly apologizes for my lentil soup when she sees it's uneaten and removes it from the check.

But the kitchen? Triple bogie.

Colonial Springs Country Club is open to the public for lunch Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's located at 1 Long Island Ave., East Farmingdale, 631-643-1050.

"Santa Fe" chicken salad (Newsday Photo /Joan Reminick)