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It was a chilly day in February when the GQA staff decided to transport to the Tropics by trying out the Fourth Avenue restaurant, Tropical Savor Bar & Grill.  Tropical Savor Bar & Grill is an island-themed venue that serves a menu of Latin Caribbean cuisine with authentic dishes from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Cuba and Jamaica – including their food specialties. The authentic Latin Caribbean cuisine restaurant is decorated on its patio with a thatched awning and grass green accents.  On the inside, the walls are adorned with Carnival Masks, parrots, and there is even a waterfall making guests feel like they are spending time in the Islands.

downtown san diego gaslamp quarter tropical savor bar and grill

What We Enjoyed:

We started with Tostones (mini sandwiches.)  This Fried Plantain Sandwich had a crisp, warm plantain crust with imported salami from New York and fried queso fresco with mayo-ketcho dipping sauce.

Next we tried the Mofongo, which is a traditional Puerto Rican dish served in a beautiful wooden goblet.  The dish had fried, mashed, plantains with garlic sauce rimming the glass served with camorones quisados (stewed shrimp) and res quisado (stewed grass-fed beef) as well as a little salad of cucumbers, red onions and tomatoes.

Next we had the Sancocho, a perfect soup/stew for a blustery day!  The rich broth had organic root vegetables like yucca root, yams, plantains and malanga. It also had a mixture of grass fed beef, organic chicken, and pork served with a side of arroz blanco (white rice)

With all of the delicious food we sipped fresh pineapple juice garnished with a  festive orchid.  Tropical Savor also offers a full bar with tropical cocktails, sangria, beer and wine, as well as freshly squeezed juices.

downtown san diego gaslamp quarter tropical savor bar and grill
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter tropical savor bar and grill
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter tropical savor bar and grill
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter tropical savor bar and grill
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter tropical savor bar and grill
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter tropical savor bar and grill

Insider Tips:

  • -This is an amazing place to try traditional foods from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic or Caribbean Islands. The fresh ingredients, unique flavors and beautiful plating transport you to the tropics! 
  • -Enjoy Happy Hour from 4pm-8Pm
  • -$3 Rum Punch Mondays
  • -$2 Empanada Tuesdays
  • -Buy 1 Get 1 ½ off Wino Wednesdays
  • -$3 Sangria Sundays
  • -Don’t miss the deserts! Enjoy a coconut corn pudding (Majarete) or the Habichuela Con Dulce, or there House Flan made daily!

Do yourself a favor and take a trip to the islands in the Gaslamp at Tropical Savor Bar and Grill.  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11am-11pm Wednesday 4:00pm-11:00pm Friday and Saturday 11:00am-12:00am and Sunday 11:00am-10:30pm

Tropical Savor Bar & Grill

729 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101