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Urge Gastropub - farm-to-table?

  • Josh Aug 6, 2010 11:23 AM

I recently learned about a new place called Urge Gastropub claiming farm-to-table, yet listing "angus beef", and no other ingredient sources.

So what's the deal? Anyone know if they're for real? Or are they just another business talking the talk but not walking the walk?

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  1. I have no idea where they source their ingredients, but I can tell you the burger tastes like a good ol' Angus beef patty, and that's not a compliment. They mention "local heirloom tomato", "local Carlsbad oyster", and various house-made/cured/pulled/soaked items, but that's all I can see.

    They are very big on highlighting all the ways they've incorporated more than one beer into the food, although it was only slightly obvious in taste in the beer cheese soup.

    The draft and bottle list is decent, and decently priced but was deemed slightly "pedestrian" by my boyfriend, who knows his beers and what's readily available in San Diego. They do have this pale lager, though, from a brewery in Golden, CO - it's called Coors...

    After only one visit (where the draft system went down), I think they're decent for some appetizers and a beer, but it's unlikely to become a dinner spot for us. Especially when the burger is less than spectacular. I'd love to hear if anyone else has visited, though.

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    1. re: leanneabe

      Do they have "local heirloom Carlsbad oysters"?

    2. Josh, that beef came from a 'cow' farm to your table, right!

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      1. re: cstr

        I guess that's true... saying you're farm-to-table doesn't mean that farm has to be local or sustainable, right? We're just assuming it should be.

        1. re: leanneabe

          You'd think Urge would know this, I mean truth in advertising right? Maybe their frozen angus patty took a side trip through corn feed lots and antibiotics,,,,,hmmmm.... hope that's not true for their veggies, afterall IMO, we've got the best in the country..

          1. re: cstr

            I guess every restaurant is "farm-to-table". It's the number of stops in between that's important. ;)

      2. A little more info here:

        http://www.pomeradonews.com/article/B...

        Nothing said about "farm-to-table".

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        1. re: steveprez

          It used to be on their Menu page:
          http://www.urgegastropub.com/menus.php

          But I guess they changed it! Now they just try to "go organic" as often as possible.

          If they are "burger-centric", they'd better start making better burgers.

          1. re: leanneabe

            I think they are beer centric.

        2. Is it just me, or is "Urge" kind of a very strange name for an eating establishment? Sort of falls into the "Searsucker" category for me. Urge? Urge to do what? Write a book? Take a trip? Relieve a bodily function? Have a drink? It's a silly a** name and it doesn't Urge me to mosey on over...

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          1. re: DiningDiva

            "I feel the Urge to Merge......."

            Couldn't resist.

            1. re: DiningDiva

              Reminds me of the way people used to modify the In-N-Out Burger stickers, when In-N-Out was stacked vertically above Burger. Every "witty" owner of an El Camino seemed to have one.

              1. re: Josh

                I actually saw someone with a newer In-N-Out sticker on his truck, and he'd lettered in "urge" underneath it. Classy.

                1. re: phee

                  Mullet?

              2. re: DiningDiva

                Felt the same way about bodily functions, didn't want to drink any H2O.

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  Thank you for mentioning this. "Urge" and "Gastro" is an unfortunate combination in a restaurant name.

                  1. re: sdnativa

                    Makes me think of "purge"

                2. Stopped in at a new bistro in Point Loma today. Just a cheese sample and glass of wine. They claim grass fed beef, Shelton chicken. Dining on Friday night. Deets to follow.

                  1. Their Angus beef comes from Thunder Ridge: http://www.thunderridgebeef.com/

                    Anybody familiar with them? I didn't see many details on the website.

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                    1. re: leanneabe

                      All I could find was this blog posting about the Reading Terminal Market in Philly...

                      http://universitycitysustainablefoods...

                      From the blog...

                      3) Thunder Ridge Beef ($

                      )

                      * No hormones used
                      * No antibiotics used
                      * Graze grown corn fed
                      * Raised Humanely
                      * Raised in the Great Plains

                      I haven't eaten the food there, but I've had beers there. They have a decent tap selection - a mix of crafts, pub regulars, and some Belgians.

                    2. Any "hounders" been here this year?

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                      1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive

                        Was there a couple weeks ago. Had the "Burger of the Gods". It was a decent burger but the combination of toppings just didn't seem to really go together. Beer selection is pretty good IMO but I'm not as much of a beer connoisseur as some other people on this board.

                        Bottom line is its not a bad place to go if you live nearby but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there.

                        1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive

                          I live in the area & have been there twice and twice I've been underwhelmed. Both Urge & their sister restaurant, The Barrel Room, stay busy because there are so few options in Rancho Bernardo. It certainly isn't because of the food. I don't think the owners have a food background or else they'd notice all the shortcomings with their menu. Food isn't seasoned properly, overly sauced, or is just lacking interest in general. Their staff is lackluster too. I go there more for their beers. I keep hoping they'll hire someone in their kitchen who knows what they're doing but that doesn't seem to be happening. I get the feeling the owners are happy w/ their level of business & don't have the desire to do anything different.

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                          The Barrel Room
                          16765 Bernardo Center Dr Ste 0-1, San Diego, CA 92128