|Waypoint Public Restaurant, 30th & North Park Way is now open. That's Waypoint Partner Brian Jensen, left, with West Coaster Magazine editor-in-chief Ryan Lamb|
NOW OPEN—The foodie media in town is liking the new Waypoint Public restaurant at 30th & North Park Way. And, there’s a lot to like. Headed by a trio of retail, restaurant and culinary pros, Waypoint is fitting into the hip neighborhood nicely by offering a straightforward menu of modern American cuisine that—so far--is packing the joint.
--Delicious cuisine presented in a simple easy to grasp menu.
--Happy hour that lowers prices on selected menu items.
--Menu pairs food with craft beer recommendations from co-owner Brian Jensen, who also owns two Bottlecraft beer shops (North Park and Little Italy).
--30 craft beer selections on tap.
--Most expensive entrée is a flank steak with dirty rice, mustard greens and chimichurri for $23.
--House Charcuterie is offered as part of a small plate list. Po’Boy Tacos at $9 (for 3) and charred local octopus, $12 are excellent starter plates.
--Hip, casual décor and layout designed to maximize neighborhood club house feel to the establishment.
--Garage door glass walls will be hugely popular during sunny days and warm nights.
--Fenced off kid’s area with toys (co-owner John Pani has three kids under six years old).
--Home run with burgers and fries on the menu. Is it time for the $15 burger? Yes, it’s damn tasty.
--Last but not least: delicious tasting cuisine at more than fair price points.
Last night, we found the following entrees on Executive Chef Amanda's dinner menu:
Entrees (8 on the list) included:
--Chicken, Sundried Tomato & Feta Sausage, $9;
--Smoked Tomato, Minestrone & Grilled Cheese, $13;
--The Public Burger, $10;
--The Waypoint Burger, $15
--Mussels & Pork Belly, $17
--Grilled Half Chicken, $19
--Flank Steak, $23
--Roasted Root Vegetables, $14.
Clean, well-lit, neighborhood centric layout and décor, plus the fare matches craft beer with wonderful cuisine orchestrated by a talented executive chef. So far, Waypoint Public is straightforward and it acts like it has been open a long time. Look forward to returning many times.
Text by Thomas Shess, Creative Director San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles and founder of North Park News and Ryan Lamb, Editor and co-founder of West Coaster beer magazine and West Coaster social media.