Category Archives: American

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine (Yelp Event)

Yelp recently partnered with Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine in Downtown San Diego to host a dinner event. Lionfish recently opened in the Gaslamp. You and your guest were able to order:

– Two shared appetizers from the menu
– One sushi roll from menu
– One entrée each
– A 12oz draft of your choice for each guest or glass of selected wine

This was a generous event that everyone wanted to get in to. So we were happy when we made the guest list.

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California Tap Room

What is about freshly baked pretzels that makes a girl happy. I think it’s because I’ve watched my bread (carb) intake for so many years now. I’ve let me bread cravings take over every once in awhile and the other night was one of those ‘every once in a while’ kinda time. California Tap Room is located in North Park. It’s tucked away from the main street so it was harder to find that rainy evening. California Tap Room offers a variety of homemade pretzels as well as craft beers.

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The Hat – Murrieta, CA

I don’t often venture to Murrieta because, well, it’s Murrieta. Kidding aside, I’d only see the town on my drives to LA, Vegas, or Big Bear. Friend planned a getaway to Idyllwild (another place I’ve yet to visit) and he was super excited to drive by Murrieta. Why you ask. Because he’s a pastrami loving guy. He and his brother adore The Hat. We’ve visited the San Gabriel location and the brother has visited the Murrieta location. The Murrieta location is straight up awesome. It’s an actual eat in and drive thru restaurant (unlike the SGV location with just outdoor seating and that’s about it).

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StreetCar Merchants of Fried Chicken, Doughnuts & Coffee – La Jolla, CA

I was browsing Yelp when I gasped at what I was seeing on the screen before me. StreetCar Merchants was open in LA JOLLA ? Say what. I’ve been craving fried chicken lately so the new opening of StreetCar got me excited. They took over a previous restaurant building next to the Inn and re modeled the interior. The menu is different from their North Park location so don’t expect just fried chicken at their La Jolla location. They share the small parking lot with the Inn but there was also easy street parking that weekend we visited.

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The Craftsman New American Tavern

We visited The Craftsman New American Tavern some weeks ago. We were looking for a place to have a late brunch on a Sunday afternoon. The weather was perfect and the drive up the Pacific Coast Highway couldn’t have been prettier. The Craftsman New American Tavern is located in Encinitas and had a happy hour menu that appeared to be available on Sundays.

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Bushfire Kitchen – Del Mar, CA

It was exciting to see Bushfire Kitchen open a location in Del Mar. I’ve visited their Carlsbad location ages ago and had heard about their new location. The construction seemed to take longer than expected but this Bushfire location is modern and quite pretty. They’re located off the 5 freeway and there was plenty of parking the day we visited. The Del Mar location is the first to serve breakfast so we were all excited to try that out over the weekend.

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Elbow Room (Weekend Happy Hour) – San Diego, CA

Football has been harder to watch this season because, well, the Chargers suck. More so that they can’t keep a lead and blow the 4th quarter. It’s a miracle they’ve won the last two games but I probably jinxed it right there by typing that. It’s tough finding a restaurant/bar that offers some sort of weekend happy hour when there’s an NFL game on. Elbow Room was a recent find and I must say that I like this cool sports bar. They’re located right next to Sonic and have ample parking. We were surprised they represent the Cleveland crowd and have a section dedicated to their city fans when a Browns game is on. I wonder if there’s a non-San Diego city that have that for the Chargers.

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Tidewater Tavern – Solana Beach, CA

How have I never been to Tidewater Tavern in Solana Beach. And how did Cdj find this place before me. The conundrums I face in my daily life. Cdj usually texts me during Sunday service to 1) pay attention to service; 2) stop checking football stats on; 3) where are we eating after I’m done. It was one of those perfect mornings where Sunday school kids were amazing and the message at Sunday service hit home for me. So I wasn’t up for debating where and what to eat by the time I was done because I wanted to share the message with Cdj while watching the Chargers whoop Jag’s arse.

Tidewater Tavern is located close to Pizza Port on the Hwy 101. The restaurant does share a private parking lot in the back. There aren’t many spaces. I luckily found a non metered parking space right in front of the restaurant.

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company (4S Ranch)

Sis introduced me to this Karl Strauss Brewing Company location some many years ago. She visits this shopping center because she swears she’s seen Philip Rivers’ nanny go to Pei Wei to pick up food and maybe, just maybe, sis will run into Philip one day. Football-Crazy runs in our family. A good friend recently was available for lunch so we decided to visit Karl Strauss in 4S Ranch. The weather was still warm so something about having an ice cold beer appealed to the both of us. This location was busy during lunch but we were able to get a table in the back. They do have air conditioning as well as an outdoor/side patio. I’ve been here twice (once for a birthday dinner and the other time we tried to come for dinner but the bar service was non existent so we left).

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Grub Burger Bar – Carmel Mountain, CA

I think a generation of people were heart broken when Oscars left Carmel Mountain. The restaurant was part of the community and many of us had grown up eating their breadsticks, pastas, chicken, etc. We saw signage for Grub Burger Bar but didn’t really give it a second thought. I’m kinda an In N Out burger traditionalist right. I received an invite to try Grub Burger Bar recently. An evening with a new restaurant and some good company makes for a happy girl.

Grub stands for Good people, Real food, Unique vibe and Big flavors. They feature hand crafted burgers made from their signature blend of chuck and brisket meat. A full bar serves local craft beers and a variety of cocktails.

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