Finding Holiday Bites

The Original 40 Mussels Frites
The Original 40 Mussels Frites

If you enjoy a glass of beer or wine with your meal, just wait until you try these booze-infused bites offered at some of San Diego’s favorite restaurants. Stop by and see what the buzz is all about!

Head over to The Original 40 Brewing Company, in North Park, to indulge in a tasty, sharable plate of Mussels & Frites. You’re sure to love the combination of mussels, onion, garlic, serrano chili and white wine, served with fresh house cut fries. Their award-winning brews never fail to complement their unique food offerings, so don’t forget to order a beer when you stop in. The Hoffmanweizen, a German Hefeweizen, would pair perfectly!

Get the party started at  Pacific Beach AleHouse, a beach bar with a full menu that features iconic dishes made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Get started with their Chips & Dip, which consists of blue corn tortilla chips served with roasted tomato salsa, guacamole and a spicy, roasted jalapeño beer cheese fondue that packs an extra punch of flavor. Alehouse also offers a tasty half-pound brisket and ribeye blend Beer Cheese Burger, that comes smothered in AleHouse beer cheese, fried onions and bacon, all on a brioche bun.

Grab your closest friends and share a Jumbo Bavarian Pretzel, dipped in beer cheese fondue and bourbon-mustard sauce, from Union Gaslamp!  Both warm and inviting, comfortable and lively, you’ll feel right at home when you dine at Union, found along Fifth Avenue. They also feature classic dishes like Fish & Chips, made with beer battered local rockfish, house seasoned frites, charred lemon, deconstructed tartar sauce, poppyseed and baby kale slaw.

Burgers and beer make a great pair, but have you ever indulged in a combo of both?! The Bourbon-BBQ burger at barleymash is the ultimate medley of food and booze, layering a grilled beef patty with aged cheddar, applewood-smoked bacon, tobacco onions and bourbon-bbq sauce between a crispy house-made barley-beer bun. You can also spice things up with their Spiced Shrimp flatbread, made from local beer and farm-fresh ingredients like peppers, onions, pickled chilis, along with pepper jack cheese and savory Cajun sauce. The possibilities for delicious boozy bites is endless at barleymash.

Overlooking the ocean, Waterbar in Pacific Beach delivers freshly-caught Oysters on the Half Shell served with red wine mignonette, lemon and hot sauce. Their Burrata & Apple is another booze-based vegetarian-friendly delight that balances red wine and apple jam, green apple, Asian pear, pickled mustard seed, shaved celery and spiced pecans on crispy sourdough toast.