We noticed that the former Southpaw Social Club space adjacent to Petco Park at 815 J Street in San Diego's East Village has a new tenant. Social Tap will soon open in the space, offering elevated bar food with ballpark views and plenty of craft beer.
The food menu at Social Tap is made up of build-your-own salads, burgers, sandwiches, an array of tacos and burritos, rice bowls and entree plates. Standouts include the beef and manchengo melt with sliced Brandt beef with a mushroom, poblano and shallot mix, manchengo cheese, fried shallots and horseradish aioli served with au jus; the buffalo and bleu burger with a half pound bison patty topped with bleu cheese, tomato, mixed greens, fried shallots, and mustard aioli on a toasted brioche bun; red wine braised short ribs with house veggies and a side salad; and the filet mignon truffle tacos with mushrooms, poblano, shallots and poblano cheese sauce.
“We are a progressive California pub offering a menu with an emphasis on seasonal, local ingredients, gourmet street tacos, craft beer, burgers and spirits," said a representative of Social Tap. "Our flavors are bright and original at a great value."
Social Tap will offer daily lunch and weekend brunch when it opens in the next few months. We wish this new business the best of luck in its tough location. Despite positive reviews, Southpaw Social Club lasted less than a year due to the seasonal nature of the space and its excessive rent (rumor has it that rent is over $20k a month).
Social Tap San Diego is the third location of the restaurant concept, with the others being in Ventura, CA, and a now-defunct location in Scottsdale, AZ.
To stay up-to-date on when Social Tap will open, follow them on Facebook, and check out the working menus below.