As a food reporter, one of the worst things to encounter (besides a hair on your plate) is a conflict between two events that you really want to cover, in this situation, yesterday's Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk and the barleymash official grand opening party. Here at SanDiegoVille.com, we were determined to tackle both events, so, as any resourceful and motivated reporters would, we fasted all day and made magic happen. We would hop on our bikes and cruise between the 25 restaurants in PB, then hop on the 5 south to downtown to imbibe at our newest favorite Gaslamp hotspot, barleymash. And in tribute to Sacha Baron Cohen's latest film, it was "great success!"
I drank IPA, ate pizza, then more pizza dolloped with ricotta, artichokes and spinach, then beef sliders, BBQ chicken sliders, ribs, chicken skewers, buffalo chicken lettuce wraps, white bean chili with fixin's, pan-seared shrimp tacos, bacon wrapped hot dog, lobster mac and cheese, roast beef deli sandwich, chicken fingers, lamb meat balls, stuffed grape leaves, babaganoush, and grilled pita....and then I regretfully threw in the towel before we even made it back to our mainstays on Garnet. And that's only after 10 restaurants!
|Duck Dive's Sliders - BBQ Chicken and Dive Burger|
For whatever ignorantly pretentious reason (is it because it's a "fast-food" chain?), I am usually hesitant to jump on their bandwagon, but Rubio's salsa verde pan-seared shrimp taco was my highlight: sustainable pan-seared shrimp topped with a salsa verde sauce made with tomatillos, poblano chiles and fresh herbs, along with buttery Hass Avocado slices, a melted three-cheese blend, creamy chipotle sauce, a cilantro/onion mix and cabbage served on a warm flour tortilla and garnished with a slice of lime. Rubio's - you're good you. Rubio's consistently outshines at these food events, whether it be here in PB, Del Mar's Summer Solstice, or the Beer Garden event at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Okay, now I'm fulllllllllll!
attending the soft opening a couple weeks ago, we've been bragging about this place to all of our friends, and we actually went back three times last week -- that's WAY more downtownage than we are used to, but totally worth the drive, parking, exchanging flip-flops for grown up shoes, and a quick blow-dry (things I am usually happily able to avoid living in PB).
barleymash was packed and vibrant, flowing with cool San Diego breezes, strong IPAs, and tasting plates galore. Who'd have thought I'd sample another slue of pizzas, cucumber ceviche bites, awesome seared tuna, and their deliciously diverse array of crispy wings (whiskey buffalo, mojito mango-chili, bourbon BBQ, whole grain honey-porter mustard or salty and naked). Have we mentioned their amazing happy hour?? NVM - I don't want to give too much away.
After a long day of indulgence (and constantly readjusting my waistband), I yearned for my return to PB, and that I did. All in a day's work.