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Ernie’s Bar & Grill Restaurant Review: This PGA West eatery is the unofficial 19th hole of the Nicklaus Tournament Courses and TPC Stadium. Come late afternoon and early evening, it’s packed with tanned golfers who belly up to the island bar for some good food and better drinks. It’s a collection of booths, tables and high-tops; flat-screen TVs are appealing to non-golfers as well. Beyond the glass wall is a living room-style patio. During the day, the space is cooled by sun shades; come evening, it’s warmed by a pair of gas fire pits. Executive chef Fernando Cruz’s all-day menu features a selection of starters, sandwiches and salads. Begin with the shrimp and bacon egg rolls. Signature dishes include the Cubano, with its layering of pulled pork, Black Forest ham and Swiss cheese tucked in a baguette, and the pastrami Rueben. The summer farmers' salad is reminiscent of the popular caprese, with added cucumber giving it a more distinctive flavor. At night, chef Cruz highlights a handful of comfort foods, such as a savory chicken potpie and hearty meatloaf. The full bar is stocked with a limited selection of mostly Californian wines, and draft or bottled beers.