Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bragging Rights

Ok, all humility aside, we have some of the best food in San Diego and NO we are NOT a restaurant.  

We are a lounge/entertainment venue with killer eats!  Our food menu is limited…on purpose.  Our biggest pet peeve is going to a restaurant with the “Cheese Cake Factory syndrome,” you know what I’m talking about, a menu that goes on forever!  It takes 20 minutes just to read the damn thing and another 45 to decide what you want.  And a part of you wonders who could possibly master that many dishes and just how fresh can anything be when there is an ingredient list of 3,000 items! 

So our food menu is limited – on purpose - but it is down right delicious!  Everything is seasonal and farm to table (no bullshit, we have a freezer the size of a postage stamp so all ingredients have to be fresh). Tonight after savoring every delicious morsel of the winter flatbread (roasted sweet potato, home-made peanut butter, fennel, white cheddar, mozzarella, balsamic reduction & fresh cut sage) and the Winter Market Salad (roasted beets, fresh sage, goat cheese, cucumber, fennel and vanilla balsamic reduction) I couldn’t help but puff my chest out a bit with pride.  From the very beginning the food side of the business has been the most frustrating the most expensive and the hardest to handle.  But, all of that effort has been well worth it.  So hats off to you Sergio – you are the master!

We’re getting ready to start serving lunch a couple of days a week soon and I can’t wait to see what Sergio comes up with.  I know ahi tuna bowls will be on the menu, steak/rice bowls too.  The man even makes his own kimchi.  He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk when it comes to using seasonal, fresh ingredients.  So if you think you can’t go to a bar to get fresh and healthy food, think again.  I’m telling you, next time you stop by for a beer or glass of wine don’t go to dinner first, give the 98 Bottles menu a try.  You won’t regret it.

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