THE LOCAL PUB & GRILL
ADDRESS: 26876 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381
Whenever my friends and I would do a group movie outing down at the Regal Cinemas in the Westfield Valencia mall, we’d typically hit up a food spot after the movie right there within walking distance. Last month, I was down in that area to see Black Panther 2, and after the movie, I decided to branch out a little bit to see what other options were available in the area. It was after a quick Yelp search that I discovered The Local Pub & Grill, which was only about a five minute drive away from the mall.
I didn’t get to the restaurant until about 7:45PM on a Saturday night, and this place was absolutely packed. College football was on, so that probably had something to do with that as well. The interior dining room had plenty of TVs, so it certainly made it a great spot to watch any sports games. They had both indoor and outdoor seating options available; I was waiting for a little over five minutes before a table cleared up and I was able to get seated inside.
There is certainly a good spread of different options to choose from, ranging from salads to sandwiches, burgers to pasta, and pizza as well. Their menu definitely leans towards American food, but you’d be hard pressed to not find something you’d probably want to give a try. I’ve always been a fan of fried pickles, so I decided to try that to start the meal off. For main course, I ended up going with the Mexicali Burger, which has chile verde peppers, jalapeños, guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and chipotle mayo, all on a brioche bun. I also added on crispy onions to help give a bit of a crunch to the burger as well.
The one thing that did feel a bit strange to me was the vibe I got from my waitress. I’m not sure if it stemmed from uncertainty about whether I was waiting for someone to join me, but the service just felt a bit cold and not personable. But the kitchen, on the other hand, was on top of their game. Even with the place fully packed, they were churning out the food at a really good pace. I think I ended up getting my fried pickles a little over five minutes after I put in my order, and then the burger was not too far behind that.
What I appreciated the most about the fried pickles was that they were thinly battered and fried crispy. This really helped maximize the pickle flavor with each bite, and the chipotle mayo dipping sauce that was served alongside was pretty good as well. Before I knew it, I had already polished off that entire plate of the fried pickles.
That Mexicali Burger was definitely stacked pretty high when it arrived on the plate. Even when I was fully squeezing it with my hands, I still had to stretch my jaw just to take a bite. You could clearly see the layers of vegetables, beef, chile verde peppers, jalapeños, crispy onions, and guacamole when looking at it from the side. I thought that the spiciness from the jalapeños was balanced well with the guacamole and peppers, along with the crunch that came from the crispy onions. That blend of savory, spicy, and umami flavors from the combination of all the ingredients made for a really hearty and satisfying burger as a whole. The fries that came with the burger were also done really well too, crispy on the outside but still soft on the inside.
From an overall perspective, I thought that The Local is a really solid spot to stop in and grab a meal. There are an ample number of TVs mounted all around the entire restaurant, so there really isn’t a bad seat in the house if you’re here to catch a sports game. There is a wide variety of food available to choose from, and the quality of the food was really good as well, based on the two items that I was able to try. If I lived closer to the area, I would definitely consider coming here to catch sports games with friends as opposed to a place like Buffalo Wild Wings (where I’ve typically gone to in the past). Even if you aren’t wanting to catch any sports, The Local is still a great place to come by for good food, good drinks, and a casual, relaxed atmosphere to enjoy with family and friends.
Let’s now take a look at The Local Pub & Grill Restaurant Dish Spotlight. Asterisks (*) below mark my recommended dishes.
** Fried Pickles **
Thinly battered and fried crispy, served with chipotle mayo and ranch.
** Mexicali Burger **
Ground beef patty topped with chile verde peppers, jalapeños, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, guacamole, and chipotle mayo, on a brioche bun. Pictured without pepper jack cheese and added crispy onions.
And finally, here are my rankings for The Local Pub & Grill:
Food: 4.75 / 5
The menu leaves no shortage of options to choose from, with sandwiches, salads, pastas, and burgers all as tasty options. The quality of the food is excellent, and the portions that you get are certainly going to keep you satisfied as well.
Atmosphere: 4.5 / 5
Even though the dining area was pretty packed with the crowd, it didn’t necessarily feel too overwhelming. It’s definitely a bit of a louder atmosphere with the TV audio and people talking with each other, but I thought that is something to be expected given the sports bar and grill feel that the place has to it.
Service: 3 / 5
The service could definitely have been improved, as it didn’t really feel welcoming, even if it was super busy at the time. But the speed of the kitchen to keep up with the crowd was impressive, without sacrificing quality of the food.
Price: 4 / 5
I will say that the price of the food is a bit steeper compared to similar venues. The burger and fries on its own was already $17.50, and bordering close to $20 when I added the crispy onions to it. But for the quality of the food, I thought that the value is there for ponying up the extra bucks.