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Pizza Port in Ocean Beach?

I just read a rumor on beeradvocate that Port bought the Boll Weevil location in OB. I'm holding my breath hoping that the rumor is not too good to be true...

Anybody know anything about it?

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  1. Hadn't heard that.

    I ate Pizza Port once up in where ever the hell it is in North County and I thought it sucked.

    Did I miss something?

    I know people from North County rave about it, but I think that is a result of the meager options up there.

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    1. re: stevewag23

      It isn't the pizza I'm excited about...

      1. re: stevewag23

        "Did I miss something?"

        That depends on whether or not you like microbrew beer, I guess.

        1. re: stevewag23

          the only non-thin crust pizza in San Diego that i like, Pizza Port rules. Too bad there are 10,000 kids every time i go.

          1. re: stevewag23

            Pizza Port is famous for their house brewed beers, not the pizza. They regularly dominate the major, blind tasting national and international beer awards circuit. The pizza has some fans, but it seems that most, including myself, find the pizza fair at best.

            1. re: juantanamera

              I enjoy the pizza quite a bit and wouldn't mind having a closer location.

              1. re: juantanamera

                Gotcha. So I was missing something.

                I am not a micro brew fan.

              2. re: stevewag23

                Why, what was wrong with your beer? They even make pizza so you can gulp it down with something. One of the better breweries in town. =)

              3. If this means they're moving the Real Ale festival, or the Strong Ale Festival, then this is AWESOME. If not, its still pretty cool.

                Oh, as for Pizza Port, the food is meh. Go for the beer, use the pizza to soak up the alcohol you've consumed.

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                1. re: jmtreg

                  This may sound harsh - really harsh and harsher than I mean it to sound - but Pizza Port pizza reminds me of the pizza you get at bars or bowling alleys. A very good version of that, mind you.

                  To be fair, I would not be the best judge. I tend to go for the more powerful beers (though not necessarily the megahopped quintuple imperial IPAs), and my tastebuds are pretty much dulled by the time I get the pizza.

                  1. re: RB Hound

                    Having to torch your tastebuds, doesn't say much for the ZA. I'd probably go for the beer after chowing somewhere else.

                2. This rumor is TRUE! I asked the bartender at PP in Solana Beeach yesterday. They look to open in or around October 2009.

                  So excited!

                  1. The new Pizza Port in OB is under currently under construction. The location is 1956 Bacon St.

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                    1. re: sdnativa

                      The only issue I can see (besides the potential influx of traffic and PB a-holes) is there isn't any new parking. The open area next to the building can hold 8 cars max, and they may turn that into an outdoor dining area or something instead of parking (construction hasn't gotten that far yet),

                      Parking in OB is already a nightmare, but not to add new spaces for something that will be popular like Pizza Port will make things much worse.

                      1. re: ekomega

                        This is a stretch, but maybe people will be inclined to walk and/or bike to a place in such a congested, parking-nausea area? I don't find PP all that enthralling but it certainly has it's devotees.

                        Agreed on the PB a-holes, by the way, although there are plenty here in the North Park bars.

                      2. re: sdnativa

                        I live in OB and have watched them build this up. Looks like a very cool building, great location. OB can handle the traffic, people park wherever and walk/bike/skate to the beach or Newport Avenue or wherever. The only time it's really a problem is on July 4 or during the Street Fair in June. They provide shuttles during the fair.
                        So, be patient, it's OB, good things happen to those who wait!

                      3. Update -- They put the signs up last weekend, and told my girlfriend that they're trying to open this coming weekend (the 8th-9th). I'm going to head over there tonight and see how it's going.

                        Anyone else who's seen the new building -- did they build an apartment on top of the restaurant? What is that second floor area, accessible only from the street, with a separate address?

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                        1. re: ekomega

                          We went by on Sunday and noticed that also. At first I thought it was an office, but it does look like an apartment (there used to be an apartment above the previous businesses).

                          The new location looks awesome, with an outdoor area and perhaps a rooftop deck (which we are far lacking at restaurants/bars at the beaches).

                          1. re: MrKrispy

                            As soon as they finish shellacking the picnic tables and benches with beer they will open....

                            1. re: pantani

                              lol, I thought the furniture had to EARN that coating!

                          2. re: ekomega

                            Just happened to be in the area earlier today and took this pic: http://tinyurl.com/2aetns6

                            They said they'll open sometime next week. From the looks of it they were still working on the electrical. There seemed to be quite a few people there at the time, one of whom happened to be the brewmaster for this location, so they must be getting close.

                            1. re: cgfan

                              I hope they will open this week, but I doubt it. They still have the chain link fence up, which is never a good sign. I am going to check every day.

                              I think the 2nd floor space is an apartment, because from looking inside, there are no stairs. Which also means the rooftop deck is not part of the restaurant either. There are a few windows down into the restaurant from up there, which is a little weird. I guess whoever lives there will get to watch people eat pizza?

                              1. re: cgfan

                                who is the brewmaster for the new location?

                            2. Big congrats to Pizza Port for the expansion. I think that the location in OB will be a success for them.

                              That being said, I don't believe that I'll be frequenting the place too much, due to the fact that it's located in OB. The Carlsbad location manages to stay busy but still have enough space so that getting a seat isn't too hard at the bar or outside. Solana Beach is a little tougher due to the smaller size, but still manageable since it's mostly filled with families.

                              But neither of those locations (nor the location in San Clemente) are in very heavily trafficked areas. Whereas, the OB spot will be an "it" location, likely spilling over with all of the people from the surrounding neighborhoods who will no doubt be filling that place up from open to close. So, I predict that it's going to be a similar situation to what the Liars Club used to be in Mission Beach. Add to that the constantly packed parking in the area, and I really don't see myself making too many drives out there, save for picking up a growler or when I'm alone and can park it at the bar.

                              Still looking forward to it, though ;)

                              1. I just heard that they open at 5:00 tonight.

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                                1. re: menuinprogress

                                  Confirmed. I'm heading over there now.

                                  1. re: ekomega

                                    Went at 5:20 on Friday, and not only was the place full to the brim, but there was an enormous line around the block. So I left, to return another day.

                                    1. re: ekomega

                                      Thanks for trying and reporting back.

                                      As I mentioned in my earlier post, I assume that it will be like that over there for a very long time, if not permanently during peak hours. Just look at Hodads around the block.

                                      Putting a place like Pizza Port in the middle of OB, where most people walk/bike/skate to get around is a guarantee that the place will always be spilling over with people. As a consequence, that neighborhood will likely triple the number of people drunk in the streets that it already has. (Unfortunately, like it or not, that is one real negative to this.)

                                      Because even without Pizza Port in the neighborhood there's no shortage of beach-types walking around already wasted by 10:30am. About the last thing OB needed was a place that specializes in strong pales and IPAs, and sells them at $4.00+ a pint. Talk about adding fuel to the fire!

                                      1. re: cookieshoes

                                        Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems to me that the beer that Pizza Port pours is not the beer that your typical OB drunk is consuming. This is just bringing a new class of drunk to OB. :)

                                        1. re: RB Hound

                                          "Maybe I'm missing something, but it seems to me that the beer that Pizza Port pours is not the beer that your typical OB drunk is consuming."

                                          Right, but that will all change. Because most people in OB end up staying in OB to do their drinking/eating, just as PB types tend to stay in PB. There have already been some spots to get some good beers in OB. The Vine has been doing well selling nice 22oz of Port, Russian River, Ommegang, etc. South Beach also has a few nice things on tap every now and then. Obees used to be the only place south of the Liars club where you could get Pure Hoppiness on tap.

                                          Pizza Port will take it to an entirely new level, including bringing more people from outside OB in. So, they are definitely filling a big void. Great for their business. Not to mention that we in the drinking public will likely be getting some new brew recipes to try out, since each location does their own recipes alongside the brews they all share. And, unlike the average bar in that part of town, the tap lines will be guaranteed to be clean and the beer fresh. If anything, I'm curious to see how the competing bars will react.

                                          1. re: cookieshoes

                                            All of your points are completely valid, cookieshoes, though for the life of me I can't think of a better place to put a Pizza Port south of 56. PB wouldn't work because its too frat boy, Mission Beach is too touristy, and IB is too far from Downtown. Actually, Coronado would work, but that would have impeded on the Coronado Brewing Company's turf. So, its a good fit.

                                            At the same time, Pizza Port will pull in people from other parts of town, but it will also pull in OB'ers at the expense of other bars.

                                            What I want to know is whether this means the Real Ale Festival will be held at OB instead of Carlsbad. Please say OB, please say OB. . .

                                            1. re: jmtreg

                                              Seems like a Pizza Port Gaslamp is in order.


                                2. Ended up there Friday night, a week after they opened, at 10:30 to 11 PM. They close at 11 Su-Th, and 12 F-Sa. Beers were good, good selection. Kitchen closes early, at least an hour before restaurant closing.

                                  Pros - 1) good beer, not expensive. They had Horny Devil on draft.
                                  2) Ample parking (no joke), as they had 2 of 6 spots open.
                                  3) Servers are nice.

                                  Cons - 1) Jukebox is expensive ($1-$2 per song) and you can't hear it anywhere.
                                  2) Full of 80% military types at this hour.
                                  3) The upstairs area is an apartment for the owners, with several windows for them to look down into the restaurant. That's CREEPY. They haven't moved in yet.