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1. TRACTOR ROOM – HILLCREST $$$
It is hard to believe you could miss this place, since it has a tractor parked out front. “We’re not in Kansas anymore” but you might just feel like it at first glance, but don’t be fooled this place is a classy urban spot.
As you enter the front doors you push through the dark floor to ceiling curtains and know you have arrived at a hip spot. Decorated like a very cool hunting lodge adorned with a Jackalope on the wall. The bar area to the left is serving up great cocktails (an enormous cocktail menu) combine this with a very friendly staff and you are having fun now. Appetizers and dinner are also available at the bar. The quaint dining room is simply romantic, dimly lit and attractive décor serving up great original dishes using game meat. Try the Free range Buffalo Stew or the Venison meatloaf with a side of mashed potatoes or the blue cheese buffalo burger. Its’ yummy! Open for brunch Saturday & Sunday 9am-2:30pm and late night dining every night. Don’t miss this place!
3687 Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest
2. THE LINKERY – NORTH PARK $$$
The Linkery is a great neighborhood eatery with hand made cuisine. This food rocks the chart of your non-typical organic cuisine. The Linkery goes a step further and highlights local produce from local farmers. The atmosphere is a cool, converted warehouse.
This is one farm-fresh factory, serving meats only from independent farmers and co-ops whose reputation and livelihood is tied to the quality of their animals. The animal, human and planet friendly eatery particularly features pastured and grass-fed meat raised with traditional and sustainable methods. They make all of their our own sausages, hence the name “The Linkery.” They cure all their own meats and bake all their own bread in small batches by hand. Offering a very wide selection of world-class craft beers including cask beers and a real nice sit around and wrap around bar, this is a terrific nook to quench your thirst.
The coolest thing about this place (beside all of the above) is there is No Tipping allowed! It is built into the food prices which is convenient so you don’t have to pull out your pocket tip-calculator.
Open for lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 7 nights for dinner until 11:30 pm, the Linkery is located at 3794 30th Street just off University Ave.
3. HASH HOUSE A GO GO – HILLCREST $$$
Cool Stuff San Diego Favorite
Hash House is best described as an Urban Country feeling. Inside, the décor is pure Green Acres, with tractor logos, farm equipment on the walls and wheat to capture the true ambiance of this place. Oh yeah, with a slightly modern, hip twist, ie: sanded aluminum square tube chairs and thick dark wood plank lacquered tabletops.
Did we mention the size of the portions? Like a side of beef at Cattletown in Texas! The contestants on “The Biggest Loser” would not be able to finish these meals. Sharing an entrée will leave you with leftovers, just a forewarning to newcomers. Knowing that information, the food is absolutely delectable at this place.
Self described as “twisted farm food”, we will call it contemporary. Hash House uses only fresh organic ingredients. The dishes are simply a masterpiece, almost too pretty to eat. Just to give you an idea of the creativity and size. Meals are usually adorned with an 8” branch of rosemary sticking straight up the through the center of your meal. Try the crispy salmon over garlic mashed potatoes surrounded with a plethora of chopped chives, scallions, onions and peppers cooked in a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce, feathered by a few hefty sprigs of asparagus. And if it needed more presentation the meal is topped with a few sprigs of fried spaghetti noodles, aka nerve endings. A large warm honey glazed biscuit is served prior to the meal for a non traditional offering than your typical bread. Nothing is typical about this place. Yum, Yum, Yum!
This is not a full bar service restaurant. Only beer and wine served.
Awards to long to list but to name a few: Travelocity – Top Insiders Spot 2007, AOL City Guide – Best Breakfast San Diego 2006. Oh yeah, and you should check this place out for breakfast – but beware of the large line up every morning!
Located in Hillcrest at 3628 Fifth Avenue.
1. BULLY’S – MISSION VALLEY, DEL MAR $$$
Bully’s for steak and award winning prime rib has been a local favorite since 1967. This place is about as traditional as they come. A very laid back dark ambiance with red lighting and black and red booths for seating, Horse racing paintings, sporting memorabilia and few artistic naked women adorn the walls and prove the history. The staff is always great and the food is terrific. It was started by George Bullington, a jockey agent at Santa Anita racetrack.
A variety of cuts and weights of beef from the 7oz top sirloin, a teriyaki Top Sirloin to the 24oz Porterhouse, New York and Filet Mignons cuts dominate the menu. All the meat is moist and juicy with a charbroiled surface. Steaks come with the usual faire of salads, and baked potatoes to accompany the meal are included in the price. This is a red meat place, while they do serve some seafood items, Steak and the Prime Rib are the dead ringers. Always very busy, a testament to how good it is.
For a great mexican flavor try the Steak and Enchilada, a great steak accompanied by a cheese enchilada.
We cannot finish this review without mentioning the award winning prime rib. Choose your size, cooking and even a blackened prime rib on the offering. You can get an 8oz to a mega 32 oz cut available. If you have a date, Cool Stuff SD highly suggests the Prime Rib Full cut dinner for two. A horseradish crusted Prime Rib specialty is also available.
As reviewed Bully’s East – 2401 Camino Del Rio South with lots of parking. (619) 291-2665. There is an additional parking lot above just in case. The other location is in Del Mar at 1404 Camino Del Mar and is a favorite for horse racing fans after a day at the races. Call (858)755-1660
2. GASLAMP STRIP CLUB – GASLAMP $$$
This place has a twist and is just a whole lot of fun. Think you’re America’s best griller? You can cook your own steak at this Gaslamp Restaurant. A social gathering occurs around the several indoor barbeque islands appropriately stocked with all the spices. You may be asked to share a few cooking secrets and show off your talent!
You can sit down at a table, like any good steakhouse. The restaurant has red and black décor on the walls and wrap-around booths. The waitresses will take your order like any other, you just pick your side dishes, your steak and the meals come with a large family style salad in a chilly stainless steel bowl to kick off your dinner. Cool Stuff SD suggests the creamed spinach and blue cheese scalloped potatoes for sides. Get your drink and salad and chill out (just like the bowl!) When you are ready, be prepared for a platter with your raw steaks wrapped up, a basket of garlic bread and some tongs. Simply step up to the near tableside barbeque and prepare your steak just the way you want it. Don’t forget to throw your bread on the BBQ! When you arrive back at your table your scrumptious side dishes will be delivered fresh out of the kitchen to compliment your dinner.
340 Fifth Ave. in the Gaslamp. (619) 231-3140 and now open in the Golden Triangle part of La Jolla at 4283 Esplanade Court. Call (858) 450-1400
3. RED TRACTON’S – DEL MAR $$$
Just north of Del Mar and a skip from the race track is a 50 year old steakhouse, Red Tracton’s.
Red Tracton’s legacy of excellence is one not to be missed. Offering an unpretentious sense of sophistication to its local patrons and visitors alike, this steakhouse is one any meat lover can’t afford to miss. One will never leave hungry after dining at this spot. Red Tracton’s is known for serving only the finest in Prime Beef. The menu offers the freshest and highest quality of Eastern Prime Meats. Red’s is famous for their “Green Goddess Salad” and incredible Lobster Bisque. Choose from a huge array of steaks and sizes, cooked to mouth watering satisfaction.
The staff is friendly and accommodating, there to service your every need. The ambiance is reminiscent of the old steakhouses of the 50s and 60s. Big red leather booths and dim champagne colored lights create an era of days gone by. Elegant oak furniture make this the perfect place to enjoy a steak and a glass of Napa Valley wine.
550 Via de la Valle in Del Mar / Solana Beach Call (858) 755-6600
4. SASKAS – MISSION BEACH $$
A local favorite since 1958, Saska’s for steak is the place. If you are craving the standard faire of a salad, baked potato and a juicy steak in a casual atmosphere, paired with late night dining, you can’t go wrong with this one. Located just 1 block from the ocean on Mission Boulevard in Mission Beach, Saskas is definitely a landmark. Leave you suit and tie in the laundry basket, because an attire of shorts and flip flops is just fine. Enjoy a fireside table on a cool, winter, beach night. A great friendly staff awaits you, and this steak won’t break the bank.
The “Duke” and the “Saska” are our favorite picks for Steak. Try the Blue filet and you sure won’t be moaning on your way home!
The Mission Beach steakhouse is open until midnight during the week and 1am on Saturdays.
Located at 3768 Mission Blvd, show up early or call for reservations. Parking is tough, but the valet option is convenient for 3 bucks. Call (858) 488-7255.
1. OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM – GASLAMP $$$$
The dining room at Oceanaire is swanky, comfy and elegant at the same time. A little reminiscent of the art deco era with an old fashioned ocean liner feeling. The dining room is upstairs, where you will find the lighting soft with shades of dark blue and lots of clean white surround. Oceanaire fills up fast so reservations are definitely recommended. We don’t want you to miss this amazing seafood dinner stop in the Gaslamp.
The seafood at Oceanaire is flown in daily and is prepared so you are in a mouthwatering savory haven. The menu is updated and printed daily, so you can always have something different, extremely fresh and creative. All entrees do come a la carte so you will want to pick from a good choice of sides to accompany your meal. You won’t need much with you tasty entrée.
For starters, you must have the crab cakes and we will repeat, you must have the crab cakes! The Chesapeake style crab cakes are rich, tender and flaky with large chunks of crab. They may be just the best crab cakes ever make anywhere. They also have a nice red chili rock shrimp appetizer.
Some of our favorites, the Kid Dynamite which is blue crab on cod or the Sole stuffed with brie cheese and blue crab with lemon beurre blanc. It is delicious. Whatever you have at Oceanaire you will not be disappointed. They will make sure, and they do care. The staff are very helpful and attentive from seating to departure. All aboard.
Now with all that said they also have an awesome happy hour from 5-6pm weekdays only. Get there early or you’ll not get to enjoy it – the bar fills up within 10 minutes of the clock hitting 5. How about great drinks and $1 happy hour oysters that are always available?
Parking is hard to find since it is Downtown, but use the optional Valet service, recommended.
Located at 400 J Street. (619) 858-2277
2. THE FISHERY – PACIFIC BEACH $$$
The Fishery is very clean and classy. A great place to go for lunch or dinner. It is sit down with table service with china and glass. The atmosphere is nice white tablecloth, a lot of wood, and not your typical hustle and bustle fish market. The staff is attentive without being over fussy and sincerely care about your dining experience.
We love the ceviche appetizer or the calamari for starters. They make a wonderful fish soup. You should also try the macadamia nut crusted halibut. It’s fantastic. Other winners are the mahi-mahi with kobocha squash, green beans, and an almond vinaigrette or the south of the border style spiny lobster with drawn butter, tortillas, rice and beans.
For lunch try the grilled swordfish sandwich on ciabatta bread with a chipotle-lime marinade and slices of tomato & avocado. They also make a good tuna melt. Try the shrimp tacos or the halibut and chips(not greasy). They also serve some limited sushi items as well. Finish it off with the chocolate soufflé. Yum!
Located at 5040 Cass Street between Loring & Opal Streets. (858) 272-9985
3. BLUE WATER SEAFOOD MARKET & GRILLE – OLD TOWN $$
This place has fresh fish, grilled to order and is simply fish heaven. Blue Water gets PACKED at lunch. Most times you order without having a place to sit. Get there for an early lunch and be prepared to wait a bit, regardless. The front of the restaurant is a fish market and counter set up. While you are waiting in line you will salivate looking at the quality of fish on hand. The atmosphere at Blue Water is casual cape cod’ish except for the wall of fame, featuring photos of the locals, friend and family’s fishing adventures off the west coast and into Mexico. World beat music plays throughout. The tables are white plastic and match the plastic knives and forks. There is a nice small outdoor patio as well with vines growing up the fencing and the sunlight filtering through. Nothing fancy, just great seafood about as fresh as you can get without catching it yourself.
Here’s how it works. First you choose your species of fish. Then pick a marinade – lemon butter, lemon garlic butter, blackened, chipoltle or terriyaki. Lastly – choose how you want it served. On a sandwich with a boleo roll or a salad with choice of dressings or a plate with jasmine rice and a salad. All ordering is done at the counter and brought to your table.
The sandwiches are warm when they reach you, and we mean in a good way. The blackened red snapper sandwich is savory and simply dressed allowing the flavor of the fish to shine. The marinades are great, especially the lemon garlic butter, light and so good. We recommend adding avocado to any sandwich.The clam chowder and the cioppino are very good. By the cup, bowl or quart.
Blue Water is just fun. The staff is very attentive and systematic. Be prepared for a line, but certainly worth the wait. Recommend for lunch or an early casual dinner only.
Located in old town at 3667 India St between San Diego Ave & Winder Street. (619) 497-0914
4. EL PESCADOR – LA JOLLA $$
Cool Stuff San Diego Favorite
El Pescador is a good spot for lunch. Casual, casual for this place. The staff is the laid back surfer types serving up some great fresh seafood. To complete the description, it is plastic wear and paper plates informal. The place is small with a half dozen tables, and gets super busy. It is first and foremost a market that is also serving seafood from a counter from 11-8pm. We recommend this place for lunch and take your food to the beach and eat picnic style. El Pescador has been a staple in La Jolla since 1974. With all that said the seafood is delicious and absolutely fresh as can be.
They offer hot char-grilled and sauteed seafood items, such as fish sandwiches, seafood salads or try the sashimi plate for starters.(It basically melts in your mouth). Other plates come with rice and salad with the fish on the side. Highly suggest the Salmon Sandwich with avocado or the Mahi Mahi sandwich. They come on a french roll that is packed with a special sauce and lots of fresh greens. It is all packed between the buns and is messy.
627 Pearl Street. (858) 456-2526
5. POINT LOMA SEAFOOD $$
Grab and go or watch out for the seagulls as you sit dockside. Casual, informal lunch spot. The last of our 3 lunch spots in that order, and all three are markets as well. Inside nothing fancy at all. Lobster tanks and large surround counters to order from. There is 6-7 people at the counter taking orders in no methodical order except yelling “next” and there can be a line up 5-10 deep in each line. A bit of cattle herding set up and they don’t seem to care. The fish is fresh though, straight off the boats.
Simple fish sandwiches(lightly deep fired), shrimp, scallop or crab sandwiches on fresh sourdough. Also try the chowder or the fresh shucked oysters. They do have a great smoked fish selection.
There is a large open air seating area, but very picnic style. Everything served on plastic or paper plates with a tray. If you want a fairly cheap, good lunch for the family this is the place for you and the kids. The added value is that it is on the water. Watch the boats come in. Our con here is cash only.
There is a parking lot to the right of the restaurant with limited space but hey, it’s free.
Located in Point Loma at 2805 Emerson Street at Scott. (619) 223-1109
1. BARRIO STAR – BANKERS HILL $$$
Cool Stuff San Diego Favorite
This place is hip Mexican. We love the brightly painted walls (pink and light teal) with a plethora of collected crosses adorning the walls. One whole wall adorns a gorgeous white plush couch. The bar is central and just a sweet place to meet a friend or grab a drink. It is a perfectly small restaurant which makes it quaint. You will be warmly greeted and well served at Barrio Star.
A well received but small menu we like. The best Tortilla Soup in town awaits you here. Just add some sliced avocados. Have you had street tacos? South of the border style small tacos with three to a plate, served with a bowl of black beans, and they are delicious. Order with Steak, chicken or pork(carnitas). yum! The brazilian bowl is also scrumptous. Coconut rice, black beans, mango, with Chicken or tofu and topped with Kale.
Try the Pomegranate Margaritas and Barrio Star has the coldest on tap beer in town. Kegs are stored in a very cold cooler. Invite a friend ,a date, or the family and they will love this funky hip spot.
Located 2706 Fifth Avenue, at Nutmeg in Bankers Hill. Street parking. (619) 501-STAR
2. EL CAMINO – LITTLE ITALY/SOUTH PARK $$$
Ok, let’s just start by telling you this: the place is a trip. Imagine a very modern hip Mexico along with a hip crowd. Or should we just say its wacky with the Dia de Los Muertos theme everywhere? And then there is the disco ball creating light and reflecting circles all over the place provoking almost some kind of psychedelic feeling, and it’s dark. With that said, it all works and evokes Mexican culture. This place is fun, unusual and a cool place to take a date or a group of people.
The menu is simple which we like. All menu items at El Camino are allergy, hormone free, organic and locally grown. The salsa here is amazing! It comes in a little tray with four different choices, some hot, some mild and a to die for creamy chipotle aioli. In addition, a bowl of seasoned jicama and cucumbers arrive tableside. The tacos are served four up on a plate with your choice of mahi mahi, chicken, carne asada,, shrimp and veggie version with poblano chili, onions, corn and seasoned vegetables. All entrees are served with homemade black beans and rice, both served in their own small pots.
This place is just cool and has to be on coolstuffsandiego.com(a shameless plug) but we had to. It is like south of the border Mexican street vendor food with a great authentic concoction of spices and flavors. Great food, prices and ambiance make this one of our top picks.
As reviewed at 2400 India Street just north of Little Italy and a second(the original) at 3023 Juniper St (between 30th St & Fern St) in South Park. Visit them on the web at www.elcaminosd.com. Please call for details (619) 685-3881
3. EL AGAVE – OLD TOWN $$$$
This place is upscale Mexican. Not the loud rowdy Old Town crowd full of gringo’s. Hard to locate at first but simply find the Old Town Liquor Store and to the right of the entrance, there are stairs that lead up to the restaurant. Upon entry, you will be greeted by hundreds of tequila bottles in glass cases from floor to ceiling on a backlit wall. Very impressive on the eyes and a nice find for the Tequila connoisseur. They have over 1500 tequilas in this place which gives it the distinction of probably, the largest tequileria in the US.
El Agave is very clean and quite, a bit more formal again and pricier than your average Mexican Restaurant. Great for a slow dinner and a few sips of the cactus juice. Recipient of many, many awards in fine food. There is a small intimate dining area with soft amber lighting and a nice patio on two sides of the building.
They serve great chips and a non traditional salsa: artichoke dip. Delicious. The sauces are interesting, as complex. Try the four different mole sauces. Our favorite dish is the filet in a tequila red wine reduction sauce. Also great if you want something simpler, try the fish tacos, served three on a plate with a wonderful chipoltle chili cream sauce accompanied by agave rice and black beans. It must be understood that the average entrée’s run $25-30 range, but if you want upscale, great food and a nice, quieter environment, you will enjoy your night at El Agave.
Located on the west side of Old Town at 2304 San Diego Avenue. Small parking lot (619) 220-0692
4. CASA DE BANDINI – CARLSBAD $$$
Let’s just say it is worth the drive north for this one. The colorful ambiance of the place, the traditional senorita waitresses with their white dresses, the flowers in their hair, and of course the roving Mariachis. Casa de Bandini is festive and as in true to Mexican tradition. The owner, Diane Powers had the original Casa de Bandini in Old Town for some 15 years before the state put the lease out on the property for bidding. Like all successful business people they pick up, go on, and usually turn it into something better.
This establishment has all the same qualities without the Old Town atmosphere and accessibility. The restaurant is large and has an additional outdoor patio for seating keeping in theme of traditional décor. It is also usually very busy, a testament to the quality of the experience. The menu is plentiful with all the usual fixings. The margarita’s are great while you acclimate. Skip the large one, as the regular is plenty. They serve up great chips and salsa’s served two up, for variety and heat. Items include Tacos(try the fish), Enchiladas with a rojo or verde sauce, perhaps the mole. Try the flautas or chimichanga’s. Casa de Bandini has the usual faire with the exception of a variety of healthy dishes added to the menu. A great time for all, with above average food, drink, ambiance and service.
Located at 1901 Calle de Barcelona in Carlsbad 92009 In the mall with the Forum Shops. Lots of parking. Call (760) 634-3443 but no reservations.
5. RANCHOS COCINA – OCEAN BEACH, NORTH PARK $$
You’ll know you are going to have fun in this casual place when you walk in and hear the Gypsy Kings piped out of the sound system. The local OB crowd frequents the place and you will always find a few dogs tied to the palm trees out front. Rancho’s sits a couple blocks south of Newport on Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach. There is a large indoor dining area and a small patio on the side complete with overgrown plants and shrubbery for privacy. The chairs and tables are traditional, very comfortable equipalas.
The food is non traditional, but in a good way, savory Mexican cuisine. Ranchos offers a large assortment of vegan items. Too many great items to list without posting the menu but this will give you a flavor of what awaits and should surely wet your appetite. How about a salmon burrito? Tofu or eggplant enchiladas? Nopales (cactus) taco’s. Ranchos also has all the usual items (tacos, enchiladas, tamales, burritos, etc.) so don’t be alarmed. There is something for everyone, did we mention the Smoothie menu? Service is very laid back and friendly, typical SoCal style but do not expect to be in and out quickly, it’s not fast food. The food is original, creative and very casual, so relax and let your hair down in this place.
As reviewed at 1830 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. (619) 226-7619 Second location in North Park at 3910 30th Street just north of University.
1. BARE BACK GRILLE – PACIFIC BEACH, GASLAMP $$$
This is not just the normal faire of a Burger, Fries and Beer type of place although at first glance that what it may seem. Yes, they make burgers outside United States. Bare Back Grill is all about New Zealand and we should be thankful for that. Step outside the box, or should we say bun. Have you had a lamb burger? OMG this burger is delicious. A serious lamb patty with melted blue cheese topside. Between the buns you will also find mint jelly, an aoili sauce and beets along with the usual trimmings. Serious flavors emanate with each bite. You have to try this burger, it is amazing. How about a burger with fried eggs on top? When was the last time you were offered Edam or Brie Cheese on your burger? Yep, they do it here.They are also doing that thing, with organic, preservative free, and local grown veggies.
This is a great chill place. It has a great atmosphere. A small little joint close to the beach with all the down under stuff, plastered to the walls. There are large windows open to the street and make this place just a cool place to hang out and have our favorite burgers in town. Take a trip down under without the airfare.
Reviewed at 4640 Mission Blvd. (858) 274-7117 Also found in the Gaslamp at 624 E St (between 6th Ave & 7th Ave) (619) 237-9990
2. HODAD’S – OCEAN BEACH $$
Hodad’s is a family run restaurant in OB. The open air setting with the novelty license plates plastered to the walls & ceiling, make this a very laid back, grab-a-burger place, but prepare to wait in line. You can’t exactly choose where you sit – as it’s first come first serve basis. If you are lucky there are two seats inside a cut up, VW van. There is long communal table in the center, so you may need to share. The place is very family oriented.
The burgers are packed with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, cheddar cheese, and ginormous beef patties on a seeded bun. The meat is tasty and juicy and you will need a lot of napkins to clean up after yourself. If you add bacon to your burger, the bacon is generous thick and delicious. The mini cheeseburgers are the perfect size.
The french fries are more like potato wedges, and perfectly seasoned and they come with ranch dressing Tasty! The chocolate shakes and malts are the thickest, richest, chocolatey deliciousness around. Made with real ice cream and real milk. You may just need the spoon.
Located at 5010 Newport Ave (between Abbott St & Bacon St) The neighborhood is eclectic and entertaining to say the least. Call (619) 224-4623
3. BURGER LOUNGE – LITTLE ITALY, LA JOLLA, HILLCREST, GASLAMP… $$$
Cool Stuff San Diego Favorite
If you’re craving a good burger, veggie or meaty, the Burger Lounge is a favorite venue. The decor is sleek and clean as well as fancy and hip. Bring your date or in-laws to have a quality, grass-fed burger. All of the staff are friendly and attentive. I can’t remember the last time I was treated so well in a “burger joint”. The place is committed to mostly organic, green principles.
Their veggie burger is a delicious, quinoa based burger combined with grilled onions and cheddar cheese. The lettuce and tomato are fresh and are the actual colors they are supposed to be (green and red, respectively, in case you haven’t eaten fresh veggies in a while). The burgers are definitely filled with good fresh ingredients and the lounge bun was perfect as well. Try the half and half fries and onion rings. The Lounge is now serving a great Caesar Salad in addition to a fresh vegetable salad with an avocado ranch dressing.
Now with 6 locations throughout San Diego, you can find one close to you: In Little Italy at 1608 India Street or tightly packed in La Jolla at 1101 Wall Street. In Kensington at 4116 Adams Avenue or try it across the bridge in Coronado on the main drag at 922 Orange Ave. Checkout the website for more locations: www.burgerlounge.com.
4. ROCKY’S CROWN PUB – PACIFIC BEACH $$
Well, the best burgers aren’t always made in Burger Joints. Rocky’s is a bar, but oh, by the way it makes one of the best burgers in town. If you want a great old fashioned burger, this is the place. If you want a quiet place and extremely polite staff and a place to sit immediately, this is not the spot for you.
This is a no frills burger menu. They serve a 1/3lb hamburger, 1/3lb cheeseburger, 1/2lb hamburger and a 1/2lb cheeseburger.The burgers are moist, very tender, not overly dense. They are juicy and perfectly cooked. The burgers are served on a nicely toasted hamburger bun that doesn’t fall apart. Find the traditional fixings of fresh ripe tomatoes, large slice of red onion, lettuce leaf, pickles and a smear of mayonnaise in between. A great burger in a noisy, crowded bar. Be forewarned, they only take cash at Rocky’s.
Located at 3787 Ingraham Street in Pacific Beach. (858) 273-9140