Hanging Out in Pollock Pines: 50 Grand Steakhouse


50 Grand Steakhouse

I was invited to be a guest speaker for the Pollock Pines SIRS (Sons In Retirement) last week. They meet for lunch one Thursday a month at 50 Grand Steakhouse, 6401 Pony Express Trail In Pollock Pines. This was the second or third time I have spoken to them and, as usual, it was a lot of fun.

They meet in the large banquet room and lunch was salad, a half roasted chicken, corn, mashed potatoes and gravy and for dessert, strawberry ice cream. Now, that is real food.

With the salad they put real men’s salad dressings on the table, both 1000 Island and blue cheese, and with the chicken they serve rolls and jellied cranberry sauce.

The chicken was perfect, real fall-off-the-bone perfect. The mashed potatoes and gravy were wonderful, as was the corn. Most people took home half of their chicken for dinner, but not me. My plate was empty of everything.

If you are wondering, my talk was on hangings during the Gold Rush and to add a bit of reality and humor, I wore a real, 13 turn hangman’s noose around my neck.

I have no idea how long 50 Grand has been at its location in Pollock Pines. Some say the 1930s, some say the 1940s. All I know is that it has been a real long time since I had dinner there.

When I first moved to El Dorado County a little over 40 years ago, we went there every couple of weeks for prime rib, which they still serve as a special on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. I guess I am going to have to go back and give dinner a try.

They have a full bar and serve steak, seafood, ribs and more. Their relish tray is a trademark you will remember.

For more information call 530-644-1580.


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