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.
We were in North Park on a weekend trying to look for a place to watch the Dallas Cowboys lose. Almost every sports bar was packed to the brim. We walked past Berkeley Pizza which was completely empty but they had 2-3 tvs playing the game. Friend didn’t really want to try Berkeley Pizza but was swayed when he saw they had happy hour specials. The location isn’t very big but it’s nicely comfortable. They have happy hour everyday from 12p-7p: buy any beer and get a slice of pizza for $2.00.
Lucha Libre opened a sister location in North Park some time ago. I’ve been visiting North Park more often and have passed by their new location several times. There’s no parking and signage for this location is quite minimal. I rarely crave Mexican food but one thing that I absolutely crave is Lucha Libre’s thick green garlic salsa. Friends don’t even blink an eye when I suggest going to Lucha Libre as they just shrug and say ‘you jonesing for their salsa today’.
Not their burritos. Not their tacos. Not their ‘anything’. Just that salsa. So I was happy when friend agreed to visit Lucha Libre in North Park over the weekend.
I am a fuhhh-reak about chicken wings. Particularly deep fried chicken wings. And more particularly chicken wings that are WHOLE (drumette, wingette/flat, and tip – all joined together). I cannot remember the last time I had a whole chicken wing that was deep fried. I mostly enjoy the wingette part, eat the skin of the drumette, and then nibble on the skin/cartilage of the wing tip. I was a nervous wreck when friend agreed to go with me to visit Streetcar Merchants in North Park. He’s familiar with the area and had also heard amazing praise over this fried chicken restaurant. He said we could try out all their various wings one weekend so that gave me weird chicken wing nightmares (because I would think about the wings before bed that week).
Pretty food sometimes just makes my day. The pictures don’t have to be perfect or photoshopped. I’m talking about food pictures where vibrant colors makes you want to throw down your camera and start eating from visual food hunger. The beautifully prepared ceviche and tostadas here at Tostadas North Park were breath taking. I was surprised by the simplicity and artistry of almost every item we tried that afternoon. I don’t frequent this part of town often but we decided to make it a fun date activity in the area that day starting with Tostadas North Park.