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Feb 10, 2010 10:28 AM

Quality Social

Have they opened yet and has anyone scouted them out.

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  1. SD Union states in the food section today that Quality Social will open mid March..they are touting it as SD 'next generation' dive bar..
    Jared Van Camp the executive chef loves all things Pork..describes his food as 'classic, peasant and blue collar'.
    Who doesn't love a good quality dive bar..and a chef who loves Pork!
    ; )

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      1. re: DougOLis

        I think it is in the location of the failed LG's Steakhouse, and the failed EXY.

        This place is going to be a hipster haven.

        Feminine males and masculine girls.

        Hopefully the food is good.

        1. re: stevewag23

          my chick intuition is telling me this is going to be a good thing..

    1. These guys are some sorta pompous. Read from the bottom- I'd say this place and I are not a good match.

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      1. re: Fake Name

        What a laugh riot. I read their website the other day and I thought, good grief what a bunch of posers. True dive bars are few and far between, and they sure as hell don't advertise. I'm thinking QS might be a good place to check out the latest Don Hardy tee.

        1. re: Dagney

          FWIW they responded to the Seth's review at the bottom and said: "We have an irreverent list of rules about no name-dropping, no tribal tattoos, no douchebags, no star-f#*&ing, no Ed Hardy, no fist-pumping, no disco, no Affliction, no ironic mustaches, no wtf/lol/omg, no shiny shirts"

          1. re: DougOLis

            No Ed Hardy ? So stevewag23 won't get in ;)

            1. re: DougOLis

              Yeah, Ed Hardy is heavily douchbag.

              Quality Social will be hipster. Think messy hair, tight jeans, feminine male gender roles, masculine female traits etc.

              Hipsters and Douchebags are mortal enemies.

              Except now there is an emerging Hipster/Douchebag fusion going on in san diego.

              Being that this place is in the gaslamp (heavy Douchebag turf) I think it will be hipster for a bit, then go Hipster/Douchebag fusion, and finally finish at Douchebag.

              Hipsters VS Douchebags is san diego's answer to the Crips VS Bloods in LA.

              Or the Medellin cartel VS Cali cartel in Colombia.

              1. re: stevewag23

                They will be called "Houche." Holy crap Stevewag23, that's the funniest damn thing I've read since the Coronado Eritrean fusion line.

                1. re: stevewag23

                  lmao! I always thought it was Hipster Douchebags vs sparkly shirt Meatheads!

                  This place is a "skip" I can tell already.

                  1. re: MrKrispy

                    For clarification:

                    "sparkly shirt Meatheads!" = Douchebags.

                    1. re: stevewag23

                      so I would translate that as Hipster Douchebags vs. Meathead Douchebags?

                      or Fancy Hats vs. Fauxhawks? haha

                      Does the latter of those groups frequent the local/farm type restaurants? I only see Fancy Hats and Fancy Beards at Linkery and Ritual, no Affliction types. Then again, I don't use PBR as a guiding Lite for where i drink (the ironic coolness of that was soooooo 2003 haha)

                      3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                  2. re: stevewag23

                    Hipsters vs Douchebags could be a good blog or game show

                    1. re: stevewag23

                      This was the greatest thread I have read in a long time, thank you.

                  3. re: Fake Name

                    Love the way he reviews. "Condouchius say Oh, hell yeah." Too funny

                  4. Is coming out of the gate calling yourself a 'dive bar' along the same lines of a major faux pas as giving yourself a surf handle...someone else gives you the title, not yourself.

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                    1. re: Beach Chick

                      You are spot on. Dive bars evolve, they are not created.

                      1. re: Beach Chick

                        So agree. By the time that say, I (really unhip mid 50's guy) would find out that some place is a dive bar, it is most definitly NOT a dive bar.

                        1. re: stevewag23

                          I'd like a report also, wondering if the d-bags and Fancy Hats have overtaken the place already or if it is truly a mixed (and tolerable) crowd....and how the food is coming along.

                        2. So I finally stopped by.

                          Had the deviled eggs (sd's newest trend), sardines, and duck Rillette (made in house)

                          All were actually really good. Reasonable prices also. (I think $12 for all three).

                          The place however, was lacking energy, and the scene was real slow.

                          But then again, this seems to be a real slow summer in downtown san diego thus far.

                          That all being said, I would go again, and I will add it to my short list of downtown restaurants.

                          The list:

                          Cafe Chloe
                          Quality Social

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                          1. re: stevewag23

                            I'm verklempt... did Steve just give it a good review? Looks like it just made my list, too. ;)

                            1. re: geekyfoodie

                              The end is nigh. Joking aside, Steve - how were the drinks? Hopefully strong. And I like real slow. I drink to make things slow...

                              1. re: Ewilensky

                                "how were the drinks?"


                                I am not big on the "artisanal" cocktail thing though, so I can't offer any input.

                                1. re: stevewag23

                                  Cocktails for me = Manhattan or, if feeling really punchy, a Sazerac. So if they can do either decently, I'm sold.

                            2. re: stevewag23

                              I was a frequent patron at Jared Van Camp's restaurant Old Town Social when I lived in Chicago... what a strange and pleasant coincidence that he now has a new place here in SD. If past work says anything, I will definitely be checking this place out.