Two Trees Restaurant gets its name from the two golf courses at the Fort Walton Beach Golf Club—The Oaks and The Pines. The restaurant is located at the club, offering breakfast and lunch daily, with Sunday brunch on certain holidays and a banquet and catering service as well.
My family and I ate lunch at Two Trees on a recent weekday. Two Trees is inside the clubhouse, with indoor dining and seating on the patio. The atmosphere is warm and clubby, with golf photos, lots of beige, and wood trim. There’s a bar, and plenty of seating in the spacious main room.
Our server (Lucy) bought menus, took drink orders, and left us to study. The chef (called “Mr. T” on the menu) specializes in Thai-style food, but the menu mixes it up, with a little Thai, Southwestern, Greek, Louisiana, deli and old-fashioned American Club Lunch items available. There’s something for everyone, and for large and small appetites.
The menu lists a couple of appetizers, Two Trees specialties, house favorites, sandwiches and a long list of both light and lunch-sized salads.
We began with a shared app of three egg rolls (they also offer quesadillas as a starter). These were the old-school restaurant style, large (sliced into bite size), with thick wrappers and plenty of meat and vegetable filling, plus a sweet/spicy dipping sauce. They came out quite hot and my daughter (who loves an egg roll) enjoyed herself especially. You could make a meal of them.
The place was pretty quiet when we arrived, but larger parties soon started drifting in, including one group of guys celebrating someone’s birthday with a round of Bloody Marys. They behaved themselves, even apologizing for a slightly risqué remark my daughter might have overheard. She did not, but I appreciated the courtesy.
My wife ordered a warm chicken cashew salad with honey poppy seed dressing. I ordered a “falling apart” roast beef po’boy with fries. Our daughter got a cup of housemade chicken soup.
We had just finished the egg rolls when the mains arrived. The salad looked very pretty and fresh, with large slices of chicken breast arranged over greens, cucumbers and tomatoes and the dressing on the side, just as my wife likes it. There were plenty of plump, whole cashews scattered over the salad. It was a good salad— sort of Mediterranean, sort of Asian.
My po’boy was generously portioned, with a stack of hot and crunchy fries, and a bowl of beef broth for dipping—making for a Louisiana/French Dip sort of hybrid. The tender beef did indeed fall apart over the crunchy grilled bread, so out came the knife and fork.
My daughter’s chicken soup was excellent—the chicken and vegetables were fresh, and the stock had a touch of Asian pizzazz. Trust a Thai chef to make a good chicken soup.
Other lunch choices include grilled mahi filet with sautéed vegetables, “Old Fashioned” hamburger, mushroom cheeseburger or two-cheese patty melt, pan-fried crab cakes, red beans and rice with optional sausage, fried shrimp po’boy or basket, fried or grilled fish of the day sandwich, NY-style pastrami and corned beef Reuben, grilled cheese with soup, triple-decker club sandwich, blackened or pesto chicken sandwich, Thai chicken wrap, chicken salad croissant, chicken quesadilla, and fried rice or Pad Thai.
The salad options are fruit with chicken salad, Santa Fe fajita chicken, chicken and melon, chef salad, Caesar with shrimp, Greek salad, tuna salad, and a Thai beef salad. There’s soup and salad or club and salad combos, and a daily special (spaghetti that day).
For dessert they had cheesecake, and key lime, peanut butter, pecan or apple pie. We ordered one slice of pecan to share. It was served warm, with whipped cream, and my daughter and I accounted for most of it.
The kitchen also serves breakfast, with daily specials, omelettes, breakfast sandwiches, sides and light options.
Whether you golf, watch golf, or just like breakfast and lunch, Two Trees will give you a friendly welcome and a fine choice of well-prepared food.
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