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Valley Hi Grill and Pub goes full fresh 

click to enlarge A trio of prime rib tacos. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • A trio of prime rib tacos.
When Joe Padilla left Texas T-Bone to take over this spot, he planned on turning a convenience eatery/drinkery and gathering place into an American comfort food spot that would draw diners beyond the post-golf crowd. To that end, he’s gone full fresh — the only things in the Valley Hi freezer are fries and ice cream. While breakfast tempts with pancakes, waffles and omelets, and dinner beckons with fish and steak dishes, we stop by for sandwich-centric lunch.

We try a trio of prime rib tacos ($12.95), with choice of side. Our server asks for desired doneness, but we’re not sure why, as the meat comes cooked through. The tacos chew meaty and black pepper-forward, though chipotle cream sauce atop adds more mayo tang than spice or smoke. There’s an awkward slice of pepperjack cheese melted in that adds nothing. Sweet potato fries do fine — a few come undercooked, but by and large, they’re palatable.

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