I have been reading the thread response to my post and would like to just let you know where we ended up going and my thoughts about each place! Not all of them are in the Gaslamp Quarter, but were within walking distance.
1. Neighborhood. Fabulous beer selection, fabulous atmosphere and we enjoyed some pork belly buns. Overall, a great place that I would recommend.
2. The Noble Experiment. I had a friend that cued me in about this place! Enjoyed some of the best cocktails I’ve had in a while (reminds me of Bradstreet in Minneapolis…if any of you every are in there!).
3. Basic Bar. Wonderful pizza and loved the building. Would highly recommend.
4. Knotty Barrel. Great atmosphere. We had a horrible experience because for some reason our order did not make it to the kitchen. We had a wedding to get to at 2pm. We arrived at 11:45am at Knotty Barrel and had to leave at 1:50pm without any food in our stomachs...so I can't comment on the food. It was super frustrating (the group of 5 that arrived after we arrived got all their food before we left...talk about annoying). I was super excited for my bison burger...but cannot comment on it. Ugh.
5. C Level: post-wedding drinks. Nothing super fabulous or great food and service.
6. Jsix: wedding reception dinner, so didn't really get to pick and choose from the menu, but the steak was fabulous! Great hotel and service.
7. Broken Yolk: post-wedding brunch (also chosen by the bride and groom). It is a chain, but it was a super fun place and I got to witness two people attempt the ironman/woman challenge (over 8.5lbs of food...). Would not have been my first place for brunch, but it worked great for a party of 16.
9. The Local: went here for a couple drinks and a pretzel (I am on the eternal hunt for a pretzel to match the one I had at the Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA). The pretzel here was quite ordinary (seemed to be a frozen one that was simply warmed up and served with some okay cheese sauce).
10. Searsucker. AMAZING. Best meal we had our entire trip. We sat at the bar (which we almost always do) and had just amazing service and conversation. The food was fabulous and I was shocked that this place was on 5th Ave.
11. Prohibition. We got there right when it opened. It was awesome because we got to just hang with the bartenders before the flood of, um, people that showed up later.
12. Craft and Commerce. Awesome. Great atmosphere and my husband was convinced my "whole grain burger" was a 'meat' burger, when in fact, it is a quinoa and lentil patty...so basically, it was quite delicious. Would recommend!
Overall, we didn’t hit up all the suggestions, but for the short stay and for being there for a few days, I would like to think we found a couple fun places☺ I am enjoying the continuing thread and look forward to future San Diego trips!!
C Level Restaurant
880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
611 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101