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Surprise, Surprise, the Food at Trump’s LA-Area Golf Course Reportedly Sucks

LA Weekly hilariously takes the golf course fare to task

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

As it turns out, President Donald Trump’s local Los Angeles golf course serves some pretty terrible food. At least that’s the takeaway from a new LA Weekly article exploring the scenic decadence and downtrodden menu at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. The alt weekly lays into the place with something around 1,000 words and at least a couple of excoriating photographs.

Here are but a few of the best takeaways:

“His aggressive business tactics slowly turned the community against him”

From the outset it’s clear that despite the big American flag and stunning waterside views, Trump National Golf Club is not a beloved part of the local dining landscape. There are plenty of reasons why, but Trump’s business dealings themselves are a big sticking point.

And then there’s this:

On several recent trips to the clubhouse restaurants for weekday happy hour and dinner, the dining experience was shared by only a few scattered customers.

As for the menu, don’t expect anything too fancy. This is mostly straightforward steak and potatoes stuff, but with a gilded menu and white linens.

Inside the restaurant in 2014

Apparently things like calamari, an Angus burger, and chipotle wings are the main attraction, though the petit filet steak shown off in the post is worth its own moment in the photographic sun. It does not look pretty.

To be even-handed, the story does offer some insight into the property itself. Situated elegantly on the green hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean it can make for a rather engaging meal out on the patio. But that’s apparently not enough to save the food. And then there is this gem:

A few years ago, it wouldn’t have mattered much that a landslide-prone golf course on the outskirts of L.A. served over-the-top food that was not worth the cost.

Except now, the owner of said golf course – the orange man, whose face peers out from dozens of magazine covers in gold picture frames all over the Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles' ornate marble entryway — is president of the United States.

Of course this is far from the only report of underwhelming eats at a Trump-branded property. Various outlets (mostly New York City-based) have over the president’s first 100 days tossed off plenty of words to describe the lackluster cooking at his upscale addresses, and more than a few more paragraphs have been devoted to Trump’s own penchant for overcooked steaks doused with lots of ketchup. Seriously, go give this local version a read — it’s a doozy, and actually offers a fair bit of insight into the background of Trump’s tenure around these parts.