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.
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).
I’ve fallen in love with Liberty Station. I wasn’t such a fan of Liberty Station in the past but the edition of their indoor public market has gotten my food loins going. Friends often joke that I should have the same passion about dating that I do with food. Yeah, like that’s *ever* going to happen. I’ve read about Fireside by the Patio and their charcoal yakitori items sparked my interest. My mom isn’t the most adventurous of foodies but she cheerfully agreed to try Fireside by the Patio that afternoon.
The buzz about the Liberty Public Market was pretty exciting and loud wasn’t it. I didn’t think too much about this new indoor public market as I’ve been to similar versions in Seattle and San Francisco (gosh all with exs too, how ironic). Liberty Public Market is located in Point Loma and finding parking that weekend was tough. I was looking forward to the visit but dreaded the Mother’s Day weekend crowd. This post will mostly be a summary of what we saw and ate that afternoon. I’ll hopefully follow up with future individual posts about my favorite artisan vendors here at the Liberty Public Market.
I still have a bad habit of being hungry before/during/after church. I pay attention during service, don’t get me wrong, but my stomach tells me to figure the eff out where we (that’s my stomach and I) will eat afterwards. Friend and I decided to go to OB Noodle House Bar 1502 (what a long restaurant name) as the weather was beautiful that Sunday and their front patio was dog friendly. They offer a bountiful selection of craft beers and also have fried chicken wings that we’ve both tried in the past. We didn’t think there’d be too much of a wait that Sunday as we figured there the restaurant would be less crowded at 1:30p.
BT’s Southern BBQ opened some months ago off the 56 freeway. A few of us were curious about this BBQ restaurant as we secretly think the location (in this particular strip mall) might be jinxed as the turnover (of a new restaurant taking over) has been pretty high. It’s a nice convenient location with plenty of parking so we think this particular spot in the strip mall just needs to find the right tenant. So visiting BT’s Southern BBQ was high on our list especially when we heard they have quite a few craft beers on tap as well.
I’m nervous to tell you the reason I’ve never been to O’Brien’s Pub in Convoy. So here it goes – I thought everyone there would be irate at Asians because that parking lot sucks so bad. There. I said it. I half kid but the truth of the matter is that I’ve eaten at every single place in that plaza EXCEPT O’Brien’s Pub. I knew they have a great beer selection (told to me by non-Asian friends), play soccer matches, and probably serve non-Asian food. That was the extent of my knowledge of O’Brien’s Pub. But now, I am a fan of this little pub here in Convoy. I’ve gone a handful of times and have been impressed.
I’m always looking for the cool, dungy dive bar that I can walk into and just feel like I’m one of the ‘regulars’. I’m not exactly known to be a dive bar-y kinda gal (the decor clashes with my J Crew outfit – just kidding) but I do love me some good ol’ greasy bar food at times. Ballast Point Brewery (did anyone else hear they sold to a powerhouse beer company for like $1B dollars) participated with High Dive Bar and Grill for San Diego’s beer week recently. Ballast Point would release, in limited quantities for that one night, 23+ new craft beers for crazy enthusiast fans to try out. I don’t drink beers as often as I should but how could I not find at least one beer out of the twenty three that I’d like. So we met 9 friends that night to try out Ballast Point Tap Takeover at High Dive Bar and Grill.
I recently had a staycation at the Rancho Bernardo Inn for my birthday thanks to my dearest friend Tox (post coming soon hopefully). She seems to know Rancho Bernardo well and has made suggestions on places to eat/drink in this area. So I was surprised she didn’t know of The Cork and Craft when I suggested to try them out for happy hour. She loves a good craft beer so she was totally down to visit The Cork and Craft to try out a few of their in house brewed beers (whereas I just wanted to try out the Happy Hour food).
Fresco Urban Cafe has been around for enough years to call it a neighborhood restaurant. I haven’t visited in years but recently saw some new lunch specials that they were offering. Fresco Urban Cafe offers NY Pizzas, pastas, burgers, and salads. They added an outdoor patio with an outdoor tv as well. What I also appreciate about this place is that they turn on the a/c INSIDE the restaurant even though the pizza oven is by the dining area.