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Little Italy Kebab Shop finally has beer!!!

December 21, 2013

Kebab Shop Litle Italy beer Efes

Okay. So you’re not going here to suck down cold ones after a long day at the office. But it will be mighty nice to enjoy a cold beer with that chicken kebab doner, hold the tomato, spicy inside, and throw some fries in there. (Trust me. Try it.)

As of today, the Kebab Shop in Little Italy at 303 West Beech Street on the ground floor of Aperture, has 3 beers available: Almaza (pilsener from Lebanon), Mythos (lager from Greece), and Efes (pilsener from Turkey). All tasty beers to accompany anything on the menu at the Kebab Shop but Efes is truly a standout. And the Kebab Shop is the exclusive West Coast distributor.

So here’s your new order technique: Place your to-go order in person so you can enjoy an Efes while you wait for your food. Or just dine there with a nice cold beer.  Enjoy!

Stone Company Store Open on Kettner Boulevard!

November 23, 2013

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Are you a craft beer fanatic?  (I am.)  Want to enjoy your adult beverages and then walk home?  (I do.)  Well then, come check out downtown San Diego!  With the addition of the Stone Company Store at 1202 Kettner Boulevard in the Columbia District, 92101 has even more easily accessible craft beer options.

Karl Strauss Brewing has been in the Columbia District since February 1989.  Stone, the newest kid on the 92101 block, definitely has more taps but Karl Strauss has 10 drafts plus fantastic food. Try the fish tacos, decadent mac and cheese, or the burgers.  And chili!  You won’t be disappointed.  And they do $8 64-oz growler fills on Fridays.  Want to enjoy these establishments and then walk home?  Check out The Grande (North and South), Sapphire Tower, or Treo.  I’ll need to hit Stone a few more times before I get the hang of it but I definitely recommend the Reason Be Damned Belgian Style Abbey Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels.  Wow!

Mission Brewery has been around for a while in the East Village (Ballpark District) just east of Petco Park and actually lies within the footprint of the proposed Charger Stadium.  Icon, Park Terrace, M2i, Fahrenheit are all close by.  Also in the East Village is Monkey Paw Brewing.  If you’re hooked on their beers and cheesesteaks (the Blairsteak with waffle fries is amazing), then Union Square or even Cortez Hill condos would be good options.

Last but certainly not least is Ballast Point in north Little Italy.  So easy to walk to if you lived at Hawthorn Place, Acqua Vista, or La Vita.  Sound like the lifestyle you’ve been looking for?  Let’s grab a beer and talk about downtown San Diego real estate.  Contact me today and let me know when and where.  I’ll be there.


Lounge @ 27Five and Bagel Club come to Marina District

February 15, 2011

The great thing about downtown San Diego’s Marina District is the same thing that makes it fall short: it’s a good walking distance away from a variety of eating and drinking establishments.  Solution: 2 new businesses opening in Spring 2011!  Yes!!!  (Update: Lounge @27Five never came to fruition.  Apparently over building resident concerns about their liquor license.)

VineAgoGo’s “The Lounge @ 27Five” should be a welcome change for downtown San Diego’s residential condo community.  The Marina District, although the most established neighborhood in 92101, has always lacked a variety of bars and cafes often necessitating long walks to various establishments.  This should correct that.  The Lounge @275 is located on the ground floor of The Pinnacle condo building at the corner of Market and Union Streets.

As for Bagel Club, now open as of Valentine’s Day 2011 at the corner of Market and Front Streets at Horizons, it ends the long running monopoly held by The Brickyard.  It remains to be seen whether this new establishment (and location) can compete with the long-time established local favorite located across from Park Place and Pantoja Park.  I’ll be the judge of that.  Look for my upcoming reviews on Yelp!

Hodad’s coming to downtown San Diego!

October 7, 2010


A favorite burger spot in 921OB since 1969, it appears that Hodad’s is adding a new location in downtown San Diego at the corner of 10th & Broadway in the East Village (College District).  Now you can get a Bacon Cheeseburger before or after a Padres game or before or after a visit to the El Dorado.  Of course, if you know the area, this new spot is next to the sorta recently revised Chee Chee Club if that’s more your style.

According to one of the owners, the permitting process has pushed back their grand opening until November.  Check out this recent article on the subject.  Apparently, they’ll be recycling some cool items from the site and keeping the menu exactly the same.  So hang on, 92101.  It won’t be long before you can get a Hodad’s burger without driving or braving the parking issues of Newport Avenue in Ocean Beach.

Comic-Con in San Diego: No ticket? No problem.

July 23, 2010

You really don’t need a ticket to Comic-Con to have fun in downtown San Diego this weekend.  Here’s a link to a great NBC San Diego article for Comic-Con events taking place outside the Convention Center.  And if you ask me, the free people-watching is the most fun of all.  Just grab a window seat or sit outside at Mary Jane’s Coffee Shop, Lou & Mickey’s, or Acqua al 2, order some food and drinks, and enjoy the show.  Heck, I saw actor Jerry O’Connell of Stand By Me, Sliders, Jerry Maguire, and Crossing Jordan fame when I was just walking down the street minding my own business.

Actor Jerry O'Connell Comic-Con Downtown San Diego 92101

What happened to Bondi in the Gaslamp?

January 29, 2010

From the looks of it, Bondi Bar & Kitchen in the Gaslamp has closed. For good? Why? Does anybody know? I guess I’ll need to head elsewhere to get a refreshing Cooper’s Sparkling Ale after work or before a Padres game. (I know the Yard House serves Cooper’s.)  One Yelp reviewer has a firsthand account but there doesn’t seem to be much else out there. Do you know?  I’ll bet the residents at Trellis have some scoop.