Beer lovers Bday in SD
My husband started home brewing last year (bday gift from me) and it's really awakened his love of beer (vs. my love of wine). So for his bday, I am debating where to take him. He said beer is important, food not so much. I, however--designated driver--would put a little more on the food part.
So--I've narrowed it down to these:
Linkery, Jaynes Gastropub and Stone Brewing Co.
As we live near PB, Stone Brewing is a trek ....
What do you think?
We already love Karl Strauss in LJ. I think their beers are underappreciated and their food is a lot better than people will give credit for but I think it's time for something new.
If you live near PB, I think an option you should consider is The Vine in Ocean Beach. They have a really good selection of both beer and wine, and pretty tasty food. They get bottles from Russian River and Alpine, which are not commonly found in restaurants.
Other places you should consider are Ritual Tavern and Blind Lady Ale House.
I like Stone, but it's a really long drive if you're going to get beer.
Ritual has more on tap. The Vine is bottles only, though just down the street is Newport Pizza and Ale House, which has a really impressive draft lineup - one of the best in town. It's a younger person's hangout, so the music is loud and it's kind of rowdy, but the beer selection really is stellar.
Jayne's only has a few beers on tap, and nothing particularly remarkable. Linkery often has good selections, but their lineup varies a lot, and if you're just going mainly for beer then it can be pricey.
Another place you might want to consider is Neighborhood, downtown. Good draft selection, good bottles, and the food is tasty, too. They also do wine.
You haven't mentioned when you are going, if you care about having a table vs. sitting at the bar and what your tolerance is for waiting for a table.
Every suggestion in this thread will net you good food and beer, but most of the places mentioned do not take reservations. Toronado can get packed and loud as can Blind Lady, but both have incredible beer selections. I love the food at Blind Lady.
If you want a sit down dinner with beer, I would say Linkery or Ritual, if you are going for beers and some food but not necessarily a full traditional meal, definitely Blind Lady.
30th. St. South heading North, all good beer destinations food above average where noted.
Sea Rocket Bistro, food
Jayne's Gastropub, food
(I do suggest taking a right on Adams and headding up to BLAH as well).
If still wanting beer after this, you need help.
mcgrath, have they imporved recently? Used to LOVE Hamilton's cafe when it first opened but then they changed the menu, removed some of their excellent sandwiches and I felt the quality itself went way downhill. Would love for them to improve, as I can walk, err, stumble home from them and it made for a really nice cheap quick dinner when my wife and I didn't feel like cooking.
Yeah, they changed the menu around again a couple of months ago and it's better than it was before even the previous change. It tends more towards pub food than Toronado but it's still good. Might be a bit strange for the birthday dinner though unless the focus really wanted to be on beer. I think The Linkery has the best blend of good beer and good food.