Not Beer, But Wine
I have a friend who is coming to town who, like most of us, enjoys good food and ambiance. But he also has two other things he likes to have in a resto:
1. Well-rounded wine lists.
2. Food volume. He thinks California restos tend to be on the lighter side, he likes plates that have enough food for what is admittedly a voracious appetite. He has at times ordered two entrees if the meal (protein and greens) is about 10 ounces...
I've done the usual searches through the past few pages, but most of the discussion centres around beer and very few reviews address volume per se. I rarely look for either of these qualities specifically, so I thought I'd give a shout out to our local folks and see what names people came up with, or else places to avoid.
- The original comment has been removed
Suggest you check out The Barrel Room in Rancho Bernardo. It's a wine bar and Bistro dedicated to pairing wine and food. Serving sizes, quality, and prices are very reasonable. Food is solid and service has been very good. Wine list is well balanced with lots of choices without being overwhelming.
"The Barrel Room was founded on the idea of good food at a reasonable price with a world class wine list. We wanted this place to be just like having people over to our own homes."
I'm very glad the rec worked for you and your friend. The resto next door, Urge, is owned by the same family and is geared towards pub food and great beer. Last time I was there they had somewhere between 100 and 200 different beers on their list with probably around 60 on draught. Their wild boar burger is one of the best burgers I've ever had.