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Saturday, February 4, 2012


THE INSIDER—Because San Diego is the best damn craft beer city in the world, it’s no secret that with great new beer you need great new food.

It’s Saturday and time for a night on the town.

This blog interviewed Ryan Lamb and Mike Shess at West Coaster, our town’s local beerzine for five new and fairly new places to try on a Saturday night. Here’s this weekend’s buzz.

OK, how fresh do you want your news? Opened last night is Raglan (named after beach town in New Zealand) in Ocean Beach. West Coaster news crew points great burgers and sightings of kegged “New Break” from nearby Pizza Port/OB.

If you haven’t made it over to Slater’s 50/50—it is time. Every place is going to be crazed on Super Bowl weekend. Hang in there. It’s worth it. A West Coaster favorite is Slater’s half bacon, half beef burger with egg and avocado mash. Not vegan friendly, but for you raw foodies check below for listing to plant based cuisine at Casa de Luz in North Park.

Cozy in Normal Heights is Cueva Bar on Adams Ave. Their chilaquiles are out of this world, as well as the house-made hummus. Really good empanadas, too. Romantic setting and a cool owner. They have 3 rotating taps and a decent but small bottle list.

Local Habit in Hillcrest is barely a year old. It’s awesome, work a deal to get that window table. Great farm-to-table food and a thoughtful tap selection. Can't beat any one of their pizzas with a local beer.

KnB Wine Cellars is in Del Cerro and a bit off the beaten path but worth the trip. Great happy hour tacos, hummus is made in house. BBQ chicken lavash is really good too. With 32 taps with a fun youthful staff that can help you pick something. There's an outside patio with heaters, which makes it toasty and cool.

Raglan Public House, 1851 Bacon Street, Ocean Beach (Pier) 92107, 619-794-2304, Comment: Named after an iconic Kiwi beach town, Raglan is from the proprietors of the successful New Zealand-themed Bareback Bar & Grill.

Slater’s 50/50, 2750 Dewey Rd., Liberty Station, 92106, Comment: Did we say this establishment offers 100 beers on tap!

Neighborhood Favorites:
KnB Wine Cellars, 6380 Del Cerro Blvd., San Diego, 92120, 619-286-0321, Comment: The front can get a little crowded but there's a cozy back room, too.

Local Habit, 3827 5th Avenue, Hillcrest, 92103, 619-795-4770,, Comment: Specials change daily, making for tough decisions even for advanced foodies. Brewmasters dinner coming up:

Cueva Bar, 2123 Adams Ave., San Diego, 92116, 619-269-6612, Comment: Right now they have "Ommegang Seduction" on, a good beer from Cooperstown New York.

Too soon to tell (or barely open)
SolMarkets, 2855 Perry Rd., Liberty Station, 92106, 619-795-6000,, Comment: Call and see if they’re opening. Any moment now for retail farm fresh, café and local craft beer. Chef is from Ritual Tavern in North Park.

Café de Luz, 2920 University Avenue, North Park, 92104, Comment: Plant oriented cuisine and they just opened last night. Is this bit of news fast enough?

Images: [clockwise from upper left:] Slater’s 50/50 burger, Liberty Station; Sign from Local Habit, Hillcrest; Logo from Cueva Bar, Normal Heights; KnB, Del Cerro and OB Pier near where Raglan Public House is opening tonight.

February, 2012 West Coaster is printed/on the newsstands now or see it on the web for new updates.

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