It’s a beautiful day in the Neighborhood
Part II of my world trip has officially commenced!
On my way out of the country, I visited some friends in SoCal. After a lovely afternoon walk around the San Diego Embarcadero (and nearly crashing a conference at the Marriott), we went out to dinner at Neighborhood.
This downtown gastropub has a fun vibe, and a huge selection of draft beers. We ordered a couple different things and shared. The grilled cheese sandwich, jalapeño mac & cheese, and house salad with cured pork were great. Tomato soup that accompanied my grilled cheese… meh. But no big deal; while the food was decent overall, the real draw here is the extensive beer menu, which gets a big thumbs up.
Following dinner, we checked out the “secret” bar in the back, Noble Experiment. I’m a fan of speakeasies, especially after going to PDT in New York, so I was really looking forward to checking this out. And I wasn’t disappointed! The atmosphere was cool, and completely unpretentious. Loved the paintings on the ceilings and and the animated cat posters!
And the wall of gold skulls!
Our waitress as really cool, and informed us that the bar’s mixologists could basically concoct anything we could dream of. I chose a drink from the menu, the St. Cecilia, made up of apple brandy, ginger, lime, allspice, bitters, and club soda. Another popular option was the Dealer’s Choice, where you tell the waitress your favorite flavors and spirits, and the mixologists makes something specifically catered to your palate. We all loved our drinks, and at $12 each, they were very reasonable in price, and certainly worth the ambience!