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May 18, 2010 06:45 PM

Regal Beagle ver.2

Wanted to add this to the earlier thread that is no longer available for some reason.

Just popped in at the still under construction Regal Beagle on India and Chalmers and had a nice chat with the owners. Serious beer dudes- the place should be a huge improvement on the earlier incarnations in that space. 24 taps were unveiled to us, as was a tentative menu that is strictly sausage from a supplier in north county who will be doing "custom" jobs for them as well as regular wursts from his list.

I don't think it would be right to divulge much else about the menu since they haven't officially opened, but it is quite simple and is really an accompaniment to the main feature, beer. Lots of Belgian style, and many others that I've not had a chance to sample. They plan on having a "beers by the can" list as well.

Should be a nice addition to the neighborhood and provide an alternate watering hole to the overpriced Shakespeare's down the street. I'm not going to list their average pint price, but will say that it is significantly lower than the Shakey.

They are being inspected tomorrow, and will be having some soft openings during the evening starting this weekend to get things sorted out.


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        1. Okay, just curious - has anyone tried this place yet?

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          1. re: jmtreg

            After the way they flooded/spammed the forums I won't be giving them my money. Too bad, because I love the name they took.

            1. re: MrKrispy

              Yeah, sockpuppetry is bad, m'kay. I only ask because it would be nice to have another place to drink within walking distance of me.

            2. re: jmtreg

              I stopped in briefly for a drink on one of their soft opening nights and they seemed to have a very good selection of beer. I didn't get any food but it looked like their sausages are the same ones that Toronado gets. I forget what the other menu items were but it did look they had some decent options. It seemed like they were still getting settled and putting the finishing touches on the decor because some things were a bit clean/blank/sterile but I'm sure that will change with time (ala Toronado).

              1. re: jmtreg

                I have been a few times now and have tried all of their sausages. I can confirm that they get their sausage from the same place as Toronado -- T & H in San Marcos:

                The sausages are very tasty. My favorites are the German garlic, jalapeno cheddar, smoked onion and linguiƧa. They come on a roll with your choice of 2 condiments (grilled peppers/onions, sauerkraut, etc.) and chips for $7. They also have a fairly extensive selection of mustards.

                Craft beer fans will be very happy. 24 craft brews on tap, predominantly IPAs and other knock-you-on-you-butt brews.

                They also have a dartboard and three TVs that need to be moved because they are poorly placed for watching sports.

                Overall, nice addition to the neighborhood, and the owners are good guys.

                1. re: mangiatore

                  Any cask beers? I should probably stop asking and actually walk down there for a beer. Lol.

                  1. re: mangiatore

                    This place sounds pretty good; it's too bad that somebody associated with it felt obligated to drum up excitement here when it wasn't necessary.

                    Do you know if they are planning on a web site, or putting more information (tap list, menu) on their Facebook page?

                    1. re: RB Hound

                      they're on taphunter but it hasn't been updated in over a week:

                      1. re: DougOLis

                        Do they have veggie sausages or just meat ones?

                        1. re: jennywenny

                          "Veggie sausage" sounds like an oxymoron to me. Is there really such a thing? Soy?

                          1. re: steveprez

                            No need to be an arse, toronado has veggie sausages so I wondered if Regal Beagle did...

                            1. re: jennywenny

                              Yeah, wondering the same thing. Looks like it'd be a good local option for some good beer. Hopefully they had a bigger audience in mind than commodity meat eaters.

                              1. re: Josh

                                Sounds like you're profiling commodity meat eaters. They probably have to think about their business surviving first and hopefully attract an audience that will become loyal patrons because they produce a good product.

                                1. re: cstr

                                  Toronado has managed to survive just fine while offering grass-fed and vegetarian options.

                                  1. re: Josh

                                    Maybe so but, you need to provide options for a wide sector of customers, and I'd include some specialty items i.e. grass-fed something. Remember currently, you're a passionate small nitch minority. That may change over time.

                                    1. re: cstr

                                      I think the Toronado survives fine with their beer selection.

                                      The grass fed / vegetarian options are an added bonus.

                                      Actually had a burger there last week. One of the better ones in town. Cooked perfectly and great flavor.

                                      1. re: Ewilensky

                                        Beer good 'ole SD, we got that down pat! For me, beer wouldn't be the primary reason why I would go there, that would be be added bonus. I'm looking for the menu selections first. I mean dang, I can go to my fridg for a cold one.

                                        1. re: cstr

                                          Yeah, but I think the majority of the Toronado patrons are going there for the beer - the food is secondary. Heck, they didn't even have a working kitchen for the first 5 or 6 weeks they were open and were still packed.

                                          It is a "beer bar" after all.

                                          Not sure how Regal Beagle is billing itself.

                                          I'd stop by this weekend but I'm heading to Los Angeles, y'know, for some real food.

                                          1. re: Ewilensky

                                            Those days, for me, are long gone, libation without food?... I'd need a stretcher and a free ride home.

                                            1. re: cstr

                                              Toronado's food is good. The beer is, too.

                              2. re: jennywenny

                                Ouch! No offense meant. Just never heard of veggie sausages. :(

                                1. re: jennywenny

                                  I seem to recall that the Toronado uses Tofurkey brand veggi sausages and not sausages from T &H. At least they did when they first opened.

                                  I'm sure Regal Begal could get some, should there be enough demand.

                                  Might have to check this place out. But hard to do so when I'm equal distance from Hamilton's and the Toronado...

                                2. re: steveprez

                                  Veggie sausages exist, and they're often pretty good too. No clue if they're served at Regal Beagle, but hope they are. Will they match up to the meat ones? almost certainly not - but thats not the point. From regular experience, I can say that majority of the folks who order veggie sausages are not looking for a product that looks, feels, smells or tastes like meat. The goal is to have a non-meat product that goes well on a bun or roll, and with the regular set of condiments and relishes, and pairs well with beer...and it is always better when it does not taste like rubber!
                                  In general, the meatless sausage industry has made major strides. Like with veggie burgers, the focus is shifting to creating a food product with it's own standalone texture and flavor that does not have to apologize for not being meat. Gourmet veggie burgers are their own food category now, and several important restaurants pride themselves on the quality of their veggie burgers. The veggie sausage world isn't quite there yet, but hopefully they will be soon. The more chefs that treat the veggie option on a sausage or burger menu as an opportunity to do something creative, the more everyone wins...

                                  1. re: ipsit

                                    I think the Field Roast ones are pretty good.

                                  2. re: jennywenny

                                    I don't recall but I believe they do. We had just gone to Toronado before going there and almost all of the sausages were the same.

                                    1. re: jennywenny

                                      I don't think there are any veggie options, though they do have some sides ("non-German potato salad" comes to mind) you can order separately.

                              3. re: jmtreg

                                I'm not a Chow regular, back lately to find out what's new so I don't know about the spamming and flooding, but we heard it was opening soon from the taphunter site. Stopped in last Sat after checking out the patio at Jimmy's Famous on Harbor island. I don't know much about beer, generally stick with whatever is pale and watery, but my husband likes dark beers with a lot of flavor and he was happy with the selection. 24 on tap. I was happy they had something pale and refreshing for me too. The bartenders (owners?) were nice, asked us what we typically like and gave us a taste. Didn't get any pompous 'tude for fessing up I was a beer weenie. I like that they post the alcohol content and bitterness factor for each beer and I think all the drafts that night were between $5-8 bucks with most closer to the low side. We were there pretty early, low key, unpretensious crowd, all ages, a funny few at the bar that had us laughing. The place itself is nondescript like a neighborhood bar which was good. Mangiatore' s mentioned some menu and condiment options and that's what I remember also. Didn't see any veg. sausage either, but it sounds like they're open to suggetions. Lots of orders for jalapeno cheddar and something smokey. There was a lamb sausage too. Husband had a linguica with onions and peppers that was served up fast and hot and was very good. I was too full from lunch to order my own, but we will return. Had a lot of sides too, but don't recall the choices.