Foodie/budget friendly place for a group/birthday
I'm trying to set up an informal birthday dinner for next Friday/Saturday and am looking for something that is delicious and foodie friendly, but is also budget friendly since most of the people going will care about the price. This will be for a relatively large group as well. We are hoping to go to a bar or lounge afterwards, so if there is a place that meet these criteria is are also close to SD nightlife (not necessarily downtown) that would be great!
Some ideas I've thought of so far are El take it easy, Linkery, Extraordinary Desserts...any other suggestions?
thanks so much!
3794 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Here's what I'd do- get a folding banquet table (or a couple sawhorses and a door) and some folding chairs. I'd arrange to meet my friends in the parking lot of Gala Foods in South Park and order off the Mariscos truck there.
I'd probably bring a cooler of beer as well, and risk all kinds of legal hurdles.
Regal Beagle, perhaps? Nice sausages on good rolls made to order, the usual fried bar food (wings etcetera) but done correctly (that is: to order, fresh oil, better than average quality), vegetarian options, and at least 25 craft beers on tap, in addition to great cans in the fridge. Pretty reasonable grad student friendly prices, great service, no stench of "bar rot," and big long tables for groups (if you get there on the earlier side). Not a major "foodie" destination, but I've never been unhappy there.
Blind Lady Alehouse?
I'm thinking a gastropub rather than something that might be an ordeal (i.e. Ex Desserts- I can just see the waitress being overwhelmed already) would fill the order for you.
How many people?
We did one at Alchemy, the suckling pig dinner. Wound up being around $40/person for a lot of very delicious pork. Hamiltons is next door for post-dining beers.
Starlite is also good, and the bar/lounge is built-in. They should be able to accommodate a large group on the patio.