This hip, craft beer-loving gastropub boasts a "No Budweiser, no ketchup" ethos. And that’s just fine by locals who chow down on gourmet burgers such as the Neighborhood with caramelized onions, Gruyere cheese, and pepper greens, or a spicy Cajun burger with pickled onion/radish/cucumber salad and jalapeño mayo. Creative updates on standard bar fare—chorizo corn dogs, goat cheese balls, and truffle buttered popcorn with parmesan—round out the menu. Neighborhood is best known for its strong selection of craft beers, on tap and in the bottle, with an emphasis on local brewers such as Stone, Alesmith, and Lost Abbey; there's also a stellar collection of high-end whiskeys. The airy, industrial-chic space sports a mosaic mural of the San Diego cityscape, two sidewalk patios with artificial grass, and quirky touches such as a portrait of a burger-munching Messiah. The stack of kegs at the back of the restaurant is actually a trick door, the gateway to a hidden, reservation-only speakeasy called The Noble Experiment that specializes in swanky, handcrafted cocktails.
San Diego› Restaurant
At Eighth Avenue, 777 G St.
Our Rating Neighborhood East Village Hours Sun–Thurs 11:30am–midnight; Fri, Sat 11:30am–2am Transportation Bus: 3, 11, 901, 929 Phone 619/446-0002 Prices Main courses $7–$11 lunch, $7–$14 dinner Cuisine Type American Web site Neighborhood
MapAt Eighth Avenue, 777 G St. San Diego
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