Although we had a full day planned for Saturday, we decided to sleep in a bit since we were on vacation anyways. Once we woke up, we got ready to head to San Diego’s most popular restaurant: Phil’s BBQ. There are four different Phil’s locations, but since the one we went to had elevent thousand reviews… we figured that was the OG location. (Bonnie had also mentioned that the original location was the best.)
Surprisingly, when we arrived at 11:30a (and they open at 11a), the line was almost non-existent. It did start filling up quickly after we ordered and got seated though. By the time we finished ripping every bite of meat off the bones, there were many people circling the tables like hawks waiting for people to leave the tables.
With eleven thousand reviews, the hype for Phil’s was very, very real. We all agreed that the ribs were very delicious, but it definitely didn’t change our lives (although I really wish it did). If I was craving ribs, I’d be down to drive an hour to get $2 ribs at Cattlemens.
After a filling lunch, we walked out of the restaurant and noticed one of Hammond’s Gourmet Ice Cream locations was also here. The four of us were supposed to visit Hammond’s in between our Brewventure Bolt Tour and the Superstitious Soiree, but we know how that turned out aka we were completely out of commission.
This ice cream shop was the cutest thing ever. And they had ice cream flights! I’m surprised not more ice cream shops serve flights cause, I mean, besides letting your customers try a bunch of different flavors, the flights are also very cute for photos!
Since we had an hour before our next (and last!) Yelp event, we decided to check out a bar close by. Neighborhood is a hip and trendy gastropub that was pretty lively even at 2pm on a Saturday. Besides people who were there for a drink (like us), there were also families grabbing a late lunch.
Not only do they have a ton of beers on tap, they also have a handful of wine and cocktails on tap. Sick! Their cocktails all sounded great, but I went straight for their Whiskey Flights ($20). They have 3 different offerings, so take your pick!
A lot of people come here for a drink to wait for their table at Noble Experiment, a really popular speakeasy. We had reservations at Noble Experiment for this weekend, but after bar hopping around, we decided to just skip it. We will check it out next time!
After attending the Superstitious Soiree the night before, I was really looking forward to the Carnival Picnic. Although different in a few ways (indoor vs outdoors, bigger venue vs smaller venue, etc), the Carnival Picnic was fun in its own ways!
There was only one food vendor (TRES Taqueria Mariscos Cantina), which was kind of disappointing for a Yelp event. The tacos were just okay, but I’m comparing it to all the other awesome tacos we had during our stay in San Diego.. so that’s probably not fair.
While we were eating and snacking, we noticed these Yelpers from DC that kept taking photos in front of the walls. I found it kind of weird since they were taking an abnormal amount of time for photos, so of course, I snapped a photo of them and asked Starr if they were her friends. Turns out, they were! They came over, said hello, and we took a picture together for Starr. 🙂
For dinner, we headed over to Sushi Ota.
And then continues with “I want you all to myself.”
I quickly nod. I feel ya, Selena, I feel ya.
Then she keeps going, “So come on, give me a taste of what it’s like to be next to you.”
I lick my lips. Yes, give me a taste.
… oh wait, she’s not talking about the sushi at Sushi Ota? Because when I think about not being able to keep my hands to myself, it’s because I can’t wait to get my hands on another piece of sushi at this restaurant.
Skip the appetizers, tempura dishes, salads, entrees, and salads. Heck, you might even want to skip the chirashi, too. Just order the sashimi – no regrets! The sushi here is so good, I can say it’s probably the best sushi I’ve had since coming back from Japan a few months ago. Grab reservations and enjoy!
Girls lingering by corners at night asking what you’re up to… are usually bad news.
So when this girl in a plaid shirt, short shorts, and cowboy boots came up to us, asked what we were doing that night, offered to take us to Double Deuce, AND give us free shots all for free… my friends and I immediately followed her.
Priorities, right? Right.
We also stopped by Rustic Root, Analog, Sadaf Nightclub, The Tipsy Crow, and a few more. Who knew San Diego’s downtown scene was so cracking? Besides getting married in San Diego, I’ve decided I wanted to have my bachelorette party here too!
What’s great about San Diego is that even though we went to hella bars, we didn’t really break our bank. Oh, the joys of drinking outside of the bay area…