Restaurant Spotlight: All American Burgers

Restaurant Spotlight: All American Burgers

Located in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, All American Burgers brings you scrumptious hand-crafted grass fed burgers and specially selected Californian craft beer. Chef Tom makes sure to get your taste-buds in shape for a treat, where guests can enjoy professionally paired beer and burger combinations!

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What we enjoyed:

Alex and Erin from the GQA staff enjoyed our lunch at the All American Burgers! The beautiful patio outside, and casually,  rustic ambiance inside made it inviting for lunch!  Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays and Dinner every day of the week is served as well.
  • Alex enjoyed a veggie patty “Californian” burger with avocado, sprouts, white American cheese, bacon, house-made sauce served on a branded brioche bun. (on the menu it paired the burger with, “tastes great with a pale ale”)
  • Erin enjoyed the “Mushroom & Swiss” Burger. 1/3 lb. grass fed American beef grilled mushrooms, Swiss cheese, onion jam, house make sauce, served on a branded brioche bun.  (on the menu it paired the burger with, “tastes great with a stout”).
  • Alex and Erin shared the hand cut fries which were double cooked potatoes tossed with kosher salt, parsley, Parmesan and tossed in duck fat truffle oil! You could also choose “sweet potato fries”, “pale ale beer battered onion rings” or the “loaded fries”  that have grass fed American beef, peppers, sauteed mushrooms, grilled onion, and pale ale cheese sauce.
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Insider Tips:

  • Chef Tom has traveled the world when in the military and learned about every type of cuisine. He has always had a love of food! He created his 1st dish when he was 6 years old, he made the mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving dinner.
  • The restaurant kitchen serves as a prep kitchen and Chef Tom is the Culinary Director of 2 different restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter.  Toscana and All American Burgers.
  • Make a reservation for brunch where you can get specialty pancakes and waffles, creative egg scrambles, “from the nest” along with delicious egg benedicts.
  • How about sweets and shakes? Bread Pudding is served which is All American soaked brioche and raisin pudding.  Or how about a fresh chocolate, vanilla or strawberry shake.All American Burgers also serves the little farmers (kids 12 and under)

All American Burgers

Location: 409 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 255-2800

Website: http://allamericanburgers.beer

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Restaurant Spotlight – GARAGE Kitchen + Bar!

Restaurant Spotlight – GARAGE Kitchen + Bar!

The building that houses the GARAGE Kitchen + Bar/The Shout! House on Fourth Avenue, was once a Garage, called Carriage Works, built in 1890. This building was constructed to house the wholesale business of Todd and Hawley, and operated there until 1902. Their stock was purchased by Lyons Implement Company, which carried a complete line of Studebaker vehicles, including buggies and wagons. After Lyons Implement Company, came San Diego Gas & Electric, San Diego Farm & Dairy Supply, and now the casual, friendly and delicious GARAGE Kitchen + Bar has added to this building’s rich history.

Although Carriage Works never housed any bands that we know of, GARAGE Kitchen + Bar is a tribute to local San Diego bands that have made it big. Without a garage, we may not have the great music from bands like Iron Butterfly, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, Stone Temple Pilots, P.O.D, Eddie Vedder, Switchfoot, Slightly Stoopid, Blink 182, Tom Waits and many more. Photos of these musical icons grace the walls of this Gaslamp Quarter venue. The GARAGE also houses farm fresh, “made from scratch cooking” that is beautiful to look at and delicious to savor. Executive Chef, Brent Hersant, developed, and crafted an amazing menu, and the Gaslamp Quarter Association staff got to indulge in the best “blunch” ever!

What We Enjoyed!

GARAGE’s menu is focused on great eclectic American food with European and nouveau influences priced from $7- $22.

Alex ordered the avocado and lox toast with smoked salmon, avocado spread, caramelized onion toast, sour cream and garnished with a side salad filled with crisp, bright colored veggies!

Sherry enjoyed the fried chicken sandwich, which had a perfectly cooked chicken breast fried with a spicy homemade batter, and garnished with jalapeno bacon, lettuce, sriracha, and tomatoes on a toasted brioche bun served with crispy fries.

Erin ordered the gorgonzola and fig flatbread.  The crispy flatbread had butternut squash, caramelized onions, arugula and a balsamic glaze drizzled beautifully over the top.

The GQA staff also got to try one of their popular dishes, the Ahi tartare “nachos”.  Crispy wonton crisps, an edamame puree, avocado, sriracha aioli, pico de gallo and of course a fresh Ahi poke generously sprinkled around the dish, making this a favorite for all guests!

We also shared a plate of their homemade cheddar and chive mini biscuits with roasted pear honey almond butter, and house preserves…delicious!

 

While we were enjoying our food, Executive Chef, Brent Hersant, talked to us about his love of local sustainable ingredients, and how when he arrived years ago to the restaurant, he completely redesigned the kitchen and reinvented the menu to get away from the “regular bar, fried, food.” Brent says, “My goal was to cook good, approachable modern food at a fair price.” All of the food is extremely reasonably priced, with fresh local ingredients and a menu that has something for everyone!

Don’t Forget the Fun Cocktails!

Cocktails are also crafted with fresh seasonal ingredients and the beer selection offers a wide selection of craft beers. Whether it is the cereal shots made with everyone’s favorite Saturday morning cartoon fare, like Fruit Loops, or Apple Jacks, or a giant 32 oz bloody mary in a German beer stein, the GARAGE Kitchen + Bar is the place to go to get great eats and sips. In fact, you can get 51% off the appetizer menu during their happy hour every night of the week!

Great Live Music Entertainment!

Don’t forget, The Shout! House is right next door too! This amazing entertainment venue connects to the GARAGE Kitchen + Bar and has their award winning Dueling Piano shows as well as live music every night!

Monday – Friday: Blunch 11am-3pm, Dinner 3pm-Close
Saturday & Sunday: Brunch 9am – 3pm, Dinner 3pm-Close

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Designated Driver Program Launches in Gaslamp Quarter

New Designated Driver Program Launches in Gaslamp Quarter

Gaslamp Quarter Designated Driver Program

We’re teaming up with Recording Artists Against Drunk Driving, Coca-Cola, and Lyft to reduce drunk driving in the center of San Diego’s nightlife scene.
The Gaslamp Quarter Designated Driver Program encourages residents and the 10 million annual visitors to the historic Gaslamp to plan a safe ride home in advance,designate a driver, or take a Lyft.
In addition to providing pre-planning resources, majority of Gaslamp Quarter establishments are rewarding designated drivers with special offers. Specials will vary by location.
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New Designated Driver Program to Launch in Gaslamp Quarter

New Designated Driver Program to Launch in Gaslamp Quarter

We’re teaming up with Recording Artists Against Drunk Driving, Coca-Cola, and Lyft to reduce drunk driving in the center of San Diego’s nightlife scene.
The Gaslamp Quarter Designated Driver Program encourages residents and the 10 million annual visitors to the historic Gaslamp to plan a safe ride home in advance,designate a driver, or take a Lyft.
In addition to providing pre-planning resources, majority of Gaslamp Quarter establishments are rewarding designated drivers with special offers. Specials will vary by location.
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Karaoke in the Gaslamp Quarter

Karaoke in the Gaslamp Quarter

Ready to sing your heart out?! All the exciting karaoke action is in Downtown San Diego! Come out to the Gaslamp Quarter for some karaoke 7 days a week.

MONDAYS:

Tin Roof

Beats & Booze Industry Night Jam Session

Attention F&B industry professionals if you can sing, dance, play an instrument. or like to drink this is your night! Jump on the Tin Roof stage and show us your skills. Also all industry get 50% off your entire tab all night.

Want to sign up in advance? Email Jake@tinroofbars.com with your song of choice below along with your choice of instrument or singing.  Please include preferred key and your contact email.  Include any back up songs & instruments if you would like just in case someone else signs up first, or we can fit you in for more than one song! The more the merrier!

When: First Monday of Every Month

Where: 401 G Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Tivoli Bar & Grill

Almost Famous Entertainment presents Karaoke Night

Sing karaoke at Tivoli Bar & Grill every Monday night!

When: Monday Nights at 9PM

Where: 505 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Werewolf

Spitting hot karaoke fire every week, Monday – Friday from 9pm to Close! Roll through and party with us

When: Monday – Friday

Where: 627 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

TUESDAYS:

The Double Deuce

Two for Ten Tuesdays & Almost Famous Karaoke

When: Every Tuesday

Where: 528 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101

WEDNESDAYS:

The Double Deuce

$6 Patron & Almost Famous Karaoke and Trivia

When: Every Wednesday

Where: 528 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101

THURSDAYS:

Garage Kitchen + Bar

Karaoke hosted by Almost Famous Entertainment

Karaoke every Thursday 8pm – Midnight.

Specials 7pm – Close: $4 bottles of beer, $15 bottles of wine and $16 steak frites & beer.

When: Every Thursday

Where: 655 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

The Double Deuce

$5 Jack Daniels & Almost Famous Karaoke 

When: Every Thursday

Where: 528 F Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Cat Eye Club

Karaoke Night

Cool Cat Karaoke Thursdays starting at 9PM featuring Victor’s South Seas Grog on Tap for $7 and other nightly specials.

When: Every Thursday at 9PM

Where: 370 Seventh Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

FRIDAYS:

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Karaoke Friday

Everyone’s a rock star when it comes to Analog’s Karaoke Fridays. Get in front of that mic and tear the roof off. From Wayne Newton to Lil Wayne there is something for everyone. Let everyone at the office know who the real boss is when it comes to the stage.

When: Every Friday Night from 6:30PM – 9:30PM

Where: 801 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

SUNDAYS:

Henry’s Pub

Karaoke and Trivia Night 

When: Every Sunday

Where: 618 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Tin Roof

Tivoli Bar & Grill

Werewolf

The Double Deuce

Garage Kitchen + Bar

Cat Eye Club

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Henry's Pub

Lights, Camera, Action!  San Diego Film Festival takes over the Gaslamp Quarter!

Lights, Camera, Action! San Diego Film Festival takes over the Gaslamp Quarter!

LIGHTS … CAMERA … ACTION!

The San Diego Int’l Film Festival truly is five days of ‘Binge Watching for Film Lovers!’

Why not spend the weekend, being immersed in all aspects of cinematic storytelling at the San Diego Film Festival!  Imagine the Hollywood glitz and glam with the cool vibe of San Diego.  No matter how busy the Festival keeps you, take a look around and enjoy all that beautiful San Diego has to offer especially in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter!

While in the Gaslamp Quarter seeing the SDFF’s selection of features, documentaries and shorts at the Regal Cinema, you can also Flash your Badge at the following Gaslamp eateries for special Perks.

 

1. The Grant Grill & Lounge

Flash you badge and enjoy 20% off your total bill!

Location: 326 Broadway

 

2. Operacaffe

Flash Your Badge and enjoy 20% off your total bill!

Location: 835 Fourth Ave.

3. Hard Rock Cafe Gaslamp

Flash your badge for 20% off of your entire bill!

Location: 801 Fourth Ave.

4. Vin De Syrah Spirit and Wine Parlor

Flash your badge and enjoy Happy Hour pricing at any time!

Location: 901 Fifth Ave.

5.  Whiskey Girl

Flash your badge and enjoy the Happy Hour pricing and menu at any time!

Location: 702 Fifth Ave.

6. Don Chido

Flash your badge and enjoy 20% off your total bill!

Location: 527 Fifth Ave.

To acquire a badge, or check out all of the great San Diego International Film Festival submissions and parties log onto, www.sdfilmfest.com