What was ordered: The Ricky sandwich ($7.49); Ronda’s famous sandwich ($7.99); and an iced tea ($1.95), for a total of $18.84 including tax, within our Cheap Eats goal of a meal for two costing less than $20.
Comments: Your vagabond relatives, Aunt Dottie and Uncle Edgar, have pulled their retirement home on wheels into Beaudry’s RV Park for the season, and would like to treat you to lunch.
“We’ve got a great, little place right here in the RV park,” Aunt Dottie shouts into the phone. “Come on down.”
An eatery in a trailer park? Your “Spidey sense” is tingling, and not in a good way.
“Sorry, Dottie. You’re breaking up. I didn’t get that last part,” you answer, injecting your best imitation of static. “I’m losing you. I’ll have to call you back later.”
You turn off your cell phone until the lunch hour has passed.
If Dottie is persistent enough to call again, take her up on the deal. Beaudry RV Park is no trailer park and, even though Montgomery's Grill is ensconced in the middle of the RV compound, the restaurant offers decent grill fare that would do well even without the captive audience of RVers.
Roomy, friendly and squeaky clean, Montgomery’s Grill has a look and feel similar to a suburban sports bar or an eatery housed in a moderately priced hotel. The menu is composed of hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, salads and the standard assortment of appetizers.
We expected middle-of-the-road food and were pleasantly surprised at the degree of effort the kitchen put into making our sandwiches better than they needed to be.
The Ricky ($7.49) featured grilled pastrami and melted jack cheese on a sub roll. The generous portion of pastrami was grilled long enough to be crispy at the edges and was endowed with a nice, pungent flavor, one well rounded with the mild cheese.
Ronda’s famous sandwich ($7.99), teamed ham with lots of grilled onions, melted cheddar cheese and honey mustard on a grilled sub roll. The overriding flavor was sweet, with the caramelized onions holding sway. I would have preferred old-fashioned yellow or Dijon mustard to put a little tang into the mix, but everything on the sandwich was generously portioned for the money and carefully prepared.
My companion and I agreed that these sandwiches deserve better than sub rolls, and suggested good sourdough bread or kaiser rolls might be better alternatives. Sides—fries and a somewhat overly sweet potato salad—were serviceable but not much more than that.
Service: Service was prompt and friendly.
Bottom line: Montgomery’s might not provide the kind of dining experience that will have you racing in on a regular basis but if you happen to find yourself on South Country Club Road with an appetite, it’s above-average grill fare, good service and clean, comfortable dining room will make for a pleasant lunch break.