Rosie O'Grady's in San Diego- A good Catholic bar
Blending those God-fearing Irish and Mexican cultures, Rosie O'Grady's potent splash of Chicago charm acts as a backdrop where Norm and Cliff's west coast doppelgangers might come to rest their weary livers. Everybody knows your name and another important one-Mary. Bloody Mary that is, served up as a spicy homebrew that clears the sinuses and heavy heads.
The all-you-can-eat seven dollar brunch doesn't hurt either with healing powers all its own. Witness the blessed birth of fried French toast- a true breakfast miracle with its warm, crispy, syrup-doused shell dissolving into billowy tears of bread flesh. Eggs, bacon, corned beef hash, breakfast burritos and other gluttonous sins are also included in the brunch that has this "church" filled with believers every Sunday morning. Religion might be the opium of the people, but fried French toast is a close second.
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The Mexican food at Rosie O'Grady's/Private Reserve is very good. Their cook is Luz, who took over the Ye Olde Taco Shoppe location in the early-mid 90's (and renamed it Luz's), but took over Rosie's kitchen after that building was razed (where Casa Adams is now). Luz's Mexican is head and shoulders above Ponce's or anyone else along Adams, except perhaps for Cantina Mayahuel.