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Knott Hole Bar & Grill

08/01/2014 05:35PM ● Published by Style

Photography by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

Gallery: Knott Hole Bar & Grill – Aug. 2014 [3 Images] Click any image to expand.

Authentic atmosphere is a hard thing to find in dining establishments. It’s a bit like a golf swing, or being able to dance: You’ve either got it or you don’t.
My recent visit to the Knott Hole Bar & Grill on a warm, Saturday afternoon, was an atmosphere clinic. My plus-one and I seated ourselves at the bar and tried not to look like tourists as we gaped at all the mounted prize fish. At that point, we may have been the only people in the bar whose names the staff didn’t already know. Everyone who walked in was personally greeted—some folks even got an out-from-behind-the-bar hug. Put it this way: The friendliness we witnessed made Cheers look standoffish.
We ordered the Knott Hole Burger and fries, and the Western Bacon Burger with onion rings. There was never a dull moment as we waited for our meal. As a handful of regulars grew to a full house, we watched as our seemingly
Olympic-trained bartender-waitress did a downright Herculean job of keeping the thirsty and hungry hordes well-watered and well-fed.
Single-handedly cooking burgers and frying string potatoes while pouring pitchers of beer and settling bar tabs,  she smiled and chatted away like it was the most normal thing in the world.
Our burgers arrived before we knew it—both perfectly cooked and beyond enjoyable. The Knott Hole selection featured a plentiful helping of crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, red onions, tangy pickles, melted American cheese and a beefy patty—all tucked into a toasted bun. In the case of this burger, less was definitely more. The Western was filled with the same fresh veggies and delicious meat, in addition to fried onion rings, crispy bacon, pepper-jack cheese and tangy barbecue sauce, which amped up the flavor quotient even more. The accompanying fries and onion rings were hot and crispy.
You won’t get fancy foodie fare at the Knott Hole; instead, you’ll get a darn satisfying burger, a friendly smile and plenty of local color. It’s an offer too good to refuse. And after a day out on Sly Park Lake, how could you “Knott”?

Knott Hole Bar & Grill, 4782 Sly Park Road, Pollock Pines, 530-644-1113, slyparkresort.com/knottholegrill.html.

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