Review by Vegan's Nightmare: I love exploring new places for lunch. In the past few months, I've paid a little more attention to the local places I have all around me and have tried to keep a better lookout for new restaurants as they open up. A couple of months ago, I spotted the "19th at Battle Creek Clubhouse and Grill" that opened up in the recently constructed retail center on South Commercial St. (right next to the new drive-thru Subway). The interior of the restaurant is shaped like a U, with the dining area with about 8 tables/booths on the left, the bar-dining area with pool table on the right, and the bar/kitchen in the middle, separating the two. There's also a small segmented lottery area at the bottom of the U just off of the connecting walkway. In a past life of Oregon, this configuration would definitely NOT be sufficient for the separation of smokers in the bar and non-smokers in the restaurant, but thankfully I don't have to worry about that anymore.
My companion and I chose to sit in the bar where there was more light from the additional windows. We were greeted cheerfully by a woman who introduced the specials of the day -- Chicken Caeser Wrap with fries for $7.99, and Potato Bacon Cheese soup. Both sounded good, and I decided before we went in that I was going to try whatever their special was (within reason of course, liver and onions would have been a tough sell on me). So I ordered the Wrap with a cup of soup instead of fries, while my companion ordered the cheeseburger and fries. While we waited, we saw a fellow sitting at the bar receive his order of a cheeseburger and fries, and WOW, it really looked good. I contemplated negotiating a trade of half a wrap for half a cheeseburger when they came. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance. I wasn't timing it, but it seemed like it took a little longer than usual for us to get our meals -- we weren't in any particular hurry so it wasn't a problem. Our cheerful server arrived and placed two orders in front of us --both were Chicken Caeser Wrap with fries. Hmm... we politely informed her that there was an error, but we were both hungry and the wrap looked pretty dang good, so my companion said he'd happily eat that in place of his cheeseburger. She was extremely embarrassed and apologetic and hustled back to the kitchen and returned with the missing cup of soup I ordered in place of the fries.
The chicken wrap was delicious with just the right amount of dressing. The steak fries were seasoned perfectly, and cooked slightly crispy -- I wish more places would cook them that way (I'm looking at you Red Robin). I'm not a big soup fan, but I know good soup when I taste it, and unfortunately, this wasn't it. The consistency was that of pureed potatoes and cream, with chunks of potatoes, a couple of small pieces of bacon, and I don't recall tasting any cheese. Some people might like it that way, but I didn't finish it. However, there was no sign of the wrap when I was through with my lunch. That alone made it worth the trip.
Our server provided us with smiling and attentive service, and did us right by ignoring our protest and giving us our meal for free to make up for the error. Aside from the soup, Battle Creek's good food and friendly service has guaranteed a repeat visit from at least two customers.