Banyan Golf Club, West Palm Beach, FL USA

Banyan's Best

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Ordered at Banyan Golf Club in their Outdoor Patio in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Overall Score 84.5/100
Presentation 7.7/10 Meat Quality 8.3/10
Fruit / Vegetable Quality 9.1/10 Bread Quality 8.1/10
Mayo / Sauce Usage 8/10 Value 8.7/10
Ingredients Ratio 8.1/10 Sides 9/10
Ambiance 9/10 Overall Taste 8.5/10

My flight from Boston to Beijing on United was $750/roundtrip. A week later, for MLK weekend, it’s $800/roundtrip Boston to West Palm Beach. Perhaps the prefect example of supply and demand, I was caught in the crosshairs of the airline industry’s pricing model.

But a weekend family vacation, as rare as they are, is hard to pass up, even if it is slightly cost-prohibitive. Spread across three separate residences over four days, my brother, sister-in-law, nephew, and I, were spending the weekend with the grandparents. This is an annual trip I truly love; one filled with pastimes, shared memories, fun stories of yesteryear, and every joke about life in Florida that my brother and I can muster up.

Always enjoy my once-a-year trip to the gated communities of sunny Florida. Could I ever retire to this lifestyle? This is a topic we always love debating. And while I’ll need to wait about 50 years to find out how I truly feel, my gut tells me I’d be beyond board… although with all of the exercise I tend to do on these trips coupled with the endless supply of buffets, I’d most likely gain ample weight while being in the best shape of my life.

My final meal of our 4 day Floridian vacation, we decided to dine at Banyan Golf Club. This was mainly because the Palm Beach Polo Club has no real clubhouse for the members to congregate at, due to everyone hating the owner of the golf course. Long story short, my grandparents frequent Banyan for their socializing needs (they are non-golf members).

Love Banyan’s ambiance; always fantastic. Their Outdoor Patio overlooking the golf course is a prime spot to dine at. Although I didn’t need more food, I wanted their club sandwich… I craved it.

Delicious tomato. So ripe. So thick. I loved every inch of this red fruit. Crispy bacon, a little too fatty, but who complains about fatty bacon? Lightly toasted bread. Nothing special, it was just whole wheat, however it held the sandwich together well and didn’t detract from any enjoyment. Moist yet a bit flavorless turkey. Sliced very thin and well layered between the bacon and the produce. The Swiss adding a hint of muted cheese flavor. The perfectly cooked French fries complimented Banyan’s Club Sandwich well, as did their Arnold Palmer. I was content. Miles’s kids grilled cheese was also excellent, and a great surprise side.

Overall, the Banyan club Sandwich was a solid B. It was nothing more and nothing less than what you’d expect from a country club. Yes, I wanted Banyan to go above and beyond, and while they didn’t, I was content that they delivered on a classic. But alas, Banyan, from my experience, truly does go above and beyond on their salad bar, so in 12 months when I return, it will be for their do-it-yourself lunch setup, and not their club sandwich.

I boarded my flight home – the Banyan Chopped Salad to go in hand – unable to consume more. 4 days in Florida filled me with fantastic family memories and enough food to last a month. And as I looked ahead to 4 presentations over the next 8 days at 4 different conferences., at least I knew I wouldn’t go hungry.

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