The latest in a series of upscale, gastro-taverns to open in Pacific Beach, Backyard Kitchen & Tap has taken over the prime location at 832 Garnet Avenue that had been left dormant by Moondoggies for all of 2014. Eric Leitstein and his OMG Restaurant Group (Union Kitchen, PB Alehouse) completely overhauled the space, pimping out the giant al fresco patio, back bar and exterior, and ramped up the menu to offer elevated yet laid-back items with PB flare.
Backyard Kitchen & Tap revamped the location previously occupied by Moondoggies, renovating it into a modern yet rustic grub-and-brew hotspot. Garage doors open to the street inviting all to enjoy its spacious interior spaces, flanked with artfully-crafted reclaimed wood. Outdoor areas are celebrated with three cabanas, live walls, fire pits and an indoor/outdoor bar, setting the stage for memorable afternoons or entertaining nights on the patio enlivened by frequent late night DJ’s and live music appearances.
|Baja shrimp ceviche|
We recently visited Backyard for a leisurely dinner, sampling some of the restaurant's current offerings from a supper menu they deem 'still under construction.' We started with two ice-cold pints from Backyard's stellar craft beer list - an Alpine Duet IPA ($7-14oz and $9-20oz) and a Societe The Madam Belgium Strong Ale ($7-10oz).
After perusing the eclectic menu, we decided on the half rack of pork ribs ($12) to start - a pile of sesame-hoison glazed baby back ribs sided by a most refreshing wine-cucumber salad. The taste was on point, but the texture left us yearning for those 'fall-off-the-bone-type' ribs.