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La Jolla Brewing Company on Zagat's "hottest restaurants" list

I've not yet visited this place - I'd rather drive to North Park from UTCland than drive into the Village on many days - but this seems entirely out of the blue. Is this Zagat's version of Wolfie's UT column?

http://www.zagat.com/b/hottest-restau...

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  1. Interesting, I went by this place last week, still in construction and not open. So, how the heck can Zagats rate it? They must be listening to the UT and Yelp.

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    1. re: cstr

      It's been open for two months. Perhaps they were still working on the patio, but it's been open...

        1. re: MrKrispy

          So are you implying that not all food related news/reviews in SD (and anywhere else) news outlets isn't done by independent, qualified journalists ?

        2. re: RB Hound

          Are you talking about the place on Fay across from Vons. It looked like a war zone.

          1. re: cstr

            It's open and appears to already be very popular (although I haven't been in - beer is not my first language).

            1. re: cstr

              The Brewing Company is next to Rubio's, sort of set back a bit. It's not exactly across from Von's, more across from it's back parking lot entry. I think there is construction further to the north on Fay, more directly across from Von's.

              1. re: RB Hound

                That's the one I saw. So, let's do some quick analysis.
                LJ Brewing is open for 2 months and is on Zagats Hottest Restaurant List, really... Zagats must have done a heck of a sweep of the country to pull this one out of their butts. Just confirms their real value.

                1. re: cstr

                  That was my point, CSTR. I don't know about the guide, but their weekly mailing obviously is not based on any sort of real data.

                  On the other hand, I hope this place is worthwhile. I like the beer part of the Public House, but their menu items just didn't click with me.

                  1. re: RB Hound

                    I've only had a few burgers at Public House, thought they were OK. I also like their beer list. I went to the old LJ Brewing Co., not even passable, hope this version is better. Maybe I'll try it out over the next few weeks.

        3. It's pretty good -- been 5 or 6 times over the past couple of months with family. The kids like it a lot. They're brewing their own beer now and the IPAs I've tried are tasty. Lots of duck on the menu (duck eggrolls, duck mac & cheeese, duck confit, etc.). Nothing extraordinary in the food department. Burgers are good, but I would skip the ocean stew (cioppino) and the fries 3 ways -- not that great. I think Zagats was smoking something.

          1. Honestly, it seems virtually identical to a dozen other places in San Diego most of which have been around for years. What exactly does LJBC do different from all the rest besides being located in La Jolla?

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