This give restaurants a chance for you to sample some of the goodies that they have in their restaurants and this begins my food adventure that night.
I know what you're thinking...this place is 420 friendly or they use bud in their food?!
Well, that's not what you should be thinking. You will soon find out.
This place was brought to you by the makers of Kogi Truck. Yes! Roy Choi! Ever since Thrillist posted it, I had to check it out.
If you know what POT is, I'm talking about the main restaurant. [skip to next paragraph] If not, let me give you the run down. There are 3 places at the Line Hotel that have POT in it: The cafe, the bar and the restaurant out in the back of them both. I'm talking about that restaurant.
Once you enter the hotel, you will see the cafe on your right and the bar on the left with hella tables everywhere. On the right of the bar, if you walk all the way to the back, you will see green neon lights that spell..you guessed it! POT! And you follow that small ass hallway and boom! You're there!
When we first went there, around 8. We couldn't even get in, but we were smart the 2nd time. Then, again.. the first time was when it just opened so..makes sense. Back to the point..I suggest going early if you're trying to avoid people. Haha.
Phil's BBQ. What a different style of bbq. It's not Texas, it's not Memphis, it's San Diego style! My friends first told me about this a couple of years ago, and ever since I first tried it, I never gave a review/blog on it, so this is the perfect time. This place is big, and yet still gets a long line outside of the door that it eventually curves outside and ends up being near the store next to it. It's just that good! It looks like a more BBQish style (if there is a such thing) with wood tables, wood decorations, Americana kinda feeling. The workers are quite nice and helpful if you have any questions about the food, but as for me, I knew what I wanted before I even got to the restaurant.
Right when we got there around 11:30am (Opened up at 11:00am), there was already a line outside the door. When I asked one of the workers, she was telling me that the line was already long before they even opened! Truly a masterpiece! As you go through the line, you happen to see the menu above so that you can prepare yourself prior to the order. The menu and pricing is below:
I would say their specialty here is the ribs. I always make sure I get the baby back ribs. For this time, I also tried the "El Toro" which has thinly sliced grilled Tri-Tip in it and hella dredged in their house bbq sauce. Also, you can't forget about those Colossal Onion Rings. They are quite the treat. The food is below:
One word, BOMB. These were quite a surprise in your mouth. If I had to describe the taste of their sauce, it would be more tangy sweet sauce. It was really something. The tri-tip was thinly sliced and yet, quite juicy. The sauce was absorbed into the bread and made the sandwich soo messy that I used up a ton of napkins. Hahaha. The ribs were amazing! They would easily fall off the bone, and had that smoke ring that was desired. I even prefer the chard taste of the bbq, which gave it a smokey taste. Yummers! The onion rings, the one thing I was craving for a long time was good. Kinda of greasy, but good. If I was right, I think they are more on the sweet side than other onion rings, and they weren't bread crumbs for the batter. They were more flour, if anything. I would definitely recommend this place, but I personally, wouldn't eat here all the time because I wouldn't want to ruin the taste of it for me. It is definitely a place worth coming to multiple times a year, or if I could have that for parties....ohhh mannnn. Come on out to Phil's BBQ where you will definitely leave full and happy!
Man, Salt & Cleaver...who would of thought that you are a gourmet hot dog restaurant, but you are! This restaurant is actually quite lovely inside with a more dim look and feel. In the center is the bar and all around are seating with tables if you want to have a more intimate time with your party. Since we didn't make a reservation, and just wanted to eat, we went for the bar seating.
The menu has a range of different foods, more bar/gastropub kind of foods are there. They have more simpler foods like their S&C fries but they even "different" foods like their shrimp & crab based sausage. You even have the option of creating your own sausage sandwich.
I got a premade one called DUCK! DUCK! PIG! sausage. The picture is below (btw, sorry for the flash, but there was no other way to take the photo in that dark place) :
Duck & bacon sausage, crispy duck confit, bacon-aze, orange ‘marmalade’ in their House Bun. By the way, it's pretty delicious. Personally, I felt that the Bacon portion of the sausage kind of overpowered the Duck part because I couldn't taste it. The duck confit though....sooo tasty. It was a nice texture contrast and something simple with those greens on the sausage made it seem "healthy." Hah.
Their S&C fries were pretty good. They are twice fried that is served with their S&C sauce(which I can't even figure out still... :( but yeah.) They are nicely seasoned in salt & pepper, which is how it should be.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience here. Def would eat more sausages!
Stone Brewery, in my opinion, one of my most favorite brewers in California is located down south in the lovely San Diego. Once you pull up, you realize that it looks beautiful there. "Landscape Architecture," right Kathy? Haha. Not going to lie though, it really is nice. You walk down this stone flooring with plants growing over on the side of the walls. Right when you reach the end, there are these giant doors with a giant "stone" in the middle. Haha. You get to choose either straight where there is the gift shop, as well as the beer purchases, taste testers, etc, or go towards the right and have a nice dine.
If you take the right, you can even walk past the dining area and walk into the Beer Gardens, where you can enjoy your beer and see some wonderful nature-like funzies!
For our adventure, we got to go on the tour of the facility. **If you want to go to an early time for the tour, I suggest come on in earlier because we got there at 1 and ended up getting the 4pm tour.**
(Sorry but I will not spoil the awesomenesss of the beer tour, so I suggest going yourselves.)
The tour is $1 without tasting, but why would you do that?! Go for the $3 tour with tasting, so much worth it.
After you get the 30 min tour, you get to taste 4 of the beers that got them where they are: (in the order of the pictures) Levitation, Smoked Porter, IPA, and Arrogant Bastard. If you are not into Hoppy Beers, well your just in luck because all of these beers have so much Hopps. >:) Realistically though, it is an acquired taste but as you move up from Levitation to Arrogant Bastard, you will like the beer more and more, and it will be easier to manage.
Next time, I will definitely come back because I smelt that food, and that cheez smelled dericious!
For once some of my roommates actually wanted to take a quick mini vacation out to San Diego and what a great way is to stop by to get some "drinks" going on. If you're under aged, sorry about it, but you can't enjoy the festivities. Might as well skip the blog completely, unless you feel rebellious, then continue on.
We went to The Lost Abbey/Port Brewing Co. to try out some of their brew. They are located out in San Marcos, CA within the San Diego County. Right when you get that parking, and you smell the brew in the air, you encounter these giant wooden barrels outside. Below is both sides of the barrel:
After you get carded (if you look hella young like me), you enter this great place. On the left-hand side, you have a bunch of paintings posted on the wall that represent the different drinks that Lost Abbey have on their bottles.
If you are a Lost Abbey connoisseur, you probably have an idea of what drinks they have available, but if not, then you're out of luck (unless you can read the menu that I took below):
They have both drafts for Lost Abbey and Port Brewing, but along with those, they have the seasonal draft for each. Since I tried some of their regular drafts already, I wanted to be adventurous and try one of their seasonal beers. In this case, I got the "Merry Taj IPA." It shows below:
It gave a nice floral note with a slight fruitiness, which I liked. If you are into Hoppy Beers, you will like this. Even if you weren't too much into Hoppy Beers, it is a nice change because it's not ridiculously strong. What was interesting, is that it kind of gave a slight spice to it at the back of your throat. Other than this, I got to try a bunch of my friends' beers, but I can't seem to recall the names of each. I just remember once of them kind of tasted like Corn Flakes. I don't know, but it was interesting. If you want to find out more about the drinks, I suggest taking a quick trip there and hitting up the brewery.
**Side Note: $1 Tasters. :)
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