In June, Good Time Design solidified its stronghold of the East Village with the opening of Southpaw Social Club at the space formerly occupied by El Vitral. Teaming up with Top Chef alum and chef/owner of R Gang Eatery, Rich Sweeney, as consulting executive chef, the gastropub focuses on social dining with an array of shared plates and modernized, classic-Americana inspired dishes. With a sophisticated bar list that includes over 30 craft beers, an extensive wine selection, cocktails by Blind Tiger Cocktail Company, and an amazing back patio looking out onto Petco Park, Southpaw is certainly a destination for anyone looking for a fun, yet refined experience in the heart of downtown San Diego.
The menu at Southpaw is a collaboration between Sweeney, executive chef Chris Trevisin (formerly of Vintana) and Todd Nash of the neighboring Blind Burro. The eclectic offerings include grilled flatbreads, social plates, supper club style entrees and classic sandwich and salad combinations. Long wood tables encourage patrons to socialize and share their experiences.
|The Mixed Bag & Chicken on Fire Flatbread|
From the mains, you can't go wrong with the Upstream Salmon. Sided by a summer succotash of wild mushrooms, tomatoes, sweet white corn, crispy leeks, edamame, and topped with a lemongrass and vanilla bean burre blanc, this dish is comforting and hearty while remaining a healthy option.
We also devoured the 8 oz. grilled hangar steak, which comes with a dressed arugala salad, balsamic onion jam, and a celery root and yukon potato gratin. Atop the protein, the star of the dish is perched - a bleu cheese compound butter that ties everything together. Layer that fork with what comes on this plate and embrace that savory goodness.
Southpaw Social Club is one of our new favorite spots in Downtown San Diego. Don't miss social hour M-F from 4-7PM where you get $4 off flatbreads, $5 calls, $2 off draft beers and 1/2 off bottles of wine! Be sure to tell 'em SanDiegoVille sent ya!
SOUTHPAW SOCIAL CLUB
815 J Street, East Village
M-F 11am to 2am
Sat-Sun open at 9am for brunch
Social Hour - M-F 4pm-7pm