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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. leanneabe Aug 6, 2010 01:12 PM

    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
      stevewag23 Aug 6, 2010 01:47 PM

      Do they have "local heirloom Carlsbad oysters"?

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      cstr Aug 6, 2010 02:49 PM

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

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      1. re: cstr
        leanneabe Aug 6, 2010 10:05 PM

        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
          cstr Aug 7, 2010 04:54 AM

          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
            steveprez Aug 7, 2010 11:53 AM

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

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        steveprez Aug 7, 2010 11:52 AM

        A little more info here:


        Nothing said about "farm-to-table".

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        1. re: steveprez
          leanneabe Aug 7, 2010 12:54 PM

          It used to be on their Menu page:

          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
            RB Hound Aug 7, 2010 01:25 PM

            I think they are beer centric.

        2. DiningDiva Aug 7, 2010 04:17 PM

          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
            steveprez Aug 7, 2010 05:24 PM

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

            Couldn't resist.

            1. re: DiningDiva
              Josh Aug 7, 2010 06:29 PM

              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
                phee Aug 7, 2010 09:24 PM

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

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                  Josh Aug 7, 2010 11:20 PM


              2. re: DiningDiva
                cstr Aug 8, 2010 06:29 AM

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

                1. re: DiningDiva
                  sdnativa Aug 9, 2010 05:10 PM

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

                  1. re: sdnativa
                    Tripeler Aug 9, 2010 06:07 PM

                    Makes me think of "purge"

                2. foodiechick Aug 7, 2010 11:23 PM

                  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. leanneabe Aug 9, 2010 04:52 PM

                    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
                      psychotron Aug 9, 2010 05:39 PM

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


                      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.

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                      FireFlyFiftyFive Jun 1, 2011 10:44 AM

                      Any "hounders" been here this year?

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                      1. re: FireFlyFiftyFive
                        mliew Jun 1, 2011 01:36 PM

                        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
                          specialksd Jun 8, 2011 09:08 PM

                          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.

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

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