Drinks at Noble Experiment – San Diego

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! 🙂

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Underbelly get in my belly.

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.

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San Diego’s Tacos Perla

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.

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3000 Upas St Suite 105
San Diego, CA 92104

The Patio on Goldfinch – San Diego

I’m realizing I had a lot of brunch this weekend and I’m okay with that. The Patio on Goldfinch  is a cute place with a patio (obviously) and a very dog friendly patio it is. I ordered the crawfish cake benedict and the slightly sexist named beverage “man-mosa” (Rittenhouse Rye, Citrus, Angostura Bitters and Champagne). Both were very freshly made and delicious.

My friend ordered the breakfast pizza which was large enough for two people and extra creamy. I’ll definitely be back to try their Bourbon Dutch Pancakes and/or Grand Marnier French Toast!

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Snooze San Diego

I’ve heard about Snooze in San Diego a few times before. I’ve also heard about how the brunch wait is Portland-Style long, but I still obliged this weekend after hearing and reading rave reviews.

Our name was put on the list around 11 AM – and we were told an hour wait. An hour came and went but we were taking full advantage of their mimosas, bloody marys and other various brunch beverages which helped keep us from collapsing onto someone else’s pancakes.

Finally we were sat before 12:45 PM and we ordered bacon (I didn’t have any bc of my juice cleanse prep), the Benny Goodman (Lox style salmon and cream cheese served over toasted rye and topped with poached cage free eggs, cream cheese hollandaise blended with sun dried tomato and caper relish), and a pancake flight. The pancake flight consisted of the special of the day which had molasses and pumpkin (and possibly crack), sweet potato, and a pineapple upside down pancake. All were INCREDIBLE and worth the long wait. Or was I just that hungry?!

After reviewing my photos it was definitely delicious regardless of my hangry level. 🙂

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Polite Provisions San Diego

I visited San Diego this past weekend for my friend’s 30th Birthday. On Sunday I had drinks with friends at Polite Provisions – they recently added a patio so Lily could join! Their Rye Old-Fashioned was delicious – as was the drink below but the name slips my mind. They also serve punch bowls, phosphates and a large selection of wine/beer.

Next door is their sister restaurant Soda & Swine and they deliver to your table. They serve meatball sliders but I’m starting a juice cleanse today so I had to stick to the veggies. The Brussel Sprouts and Scotch Egg were both very tasty. The side of pickled veggies added a nice fresh kick to the meal.

 

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