Noble Experiment is a gorgeous, yet tiny cocktail bar in Downtown San Diego. It’s hidden inside another bar, which is always a nice touch. The wait on a Monday night was close to an hour, and I think the staff at Neighborhood were annoyed – albeit rude when we were waiting to get in after they were technically closed. Rudeness aside, we finally got into the bar and got seated in a corner booth, which was nice and cozy. It’s horrendously dark inside so I wasn’t able to take a decent photo of a single cocktail. Do bars do that on purpose to retain their mystery?
Anyhow, I had the Featherweight Old-Fashioned, which consisted of Bourbon, Amaretto, Mandarin Napoleon, and Bitters. Pretty spot on. We also tried a few variations of the Gimlet and The Buck – all really delicious and well-made. I loved the wood bar and the skull wall. Really gorgeous details that seemed were thought out for the small space.
I’d go back again as long as the wait wasn’t longer than 30 minutes. Truly not a fan of lines and long waits. This isn’t Portland! 🙂
On my recent trip to San Diego, I tried a hip ramen spot in North Park, Underbelly. Might I add that after all these years going to San Diego I finally understand why North Park is called North Park. Duh.
Underbelly is a cute little (big) joint, with tons of seating and fireplaces for when it gets chilly. I ordered the Kimchi Pickles and the Tonkotsu Ramen (with two eggs). They take more of an Americanized take on their dishes, so the Kimchi Pickles weren’t over the top spiced or anything, but still pretty good. The Tonkotsu Ramen actually tasted a bit more on the healthier side – which made me wonder about the broth. Usually you “know” you’re eating some super unhealthy ramen when you’re in Little Tokyo in LA, but this didn’t have that overly fatty taste. I’d definitely try it again, as they have meatier options such as “Belly of the Beast” that has oxtail, brisket AND short rib in it.
During my Holiday Break I spent a few days in San Diego visiting friends. One of my favorite things about SD is that their Mexican food is delicious everywhere, due to proximity. But I figured that if someone opened a new taco spot in North Park that it’s GOTTA be good.
I tried Taco Perlas and was truly impressed. Fresh tortillas and ingredients and a salsa selection to die for.
3000 Upas St Suite 105
San Diego, CA 92104