Bare Back Grill

by Alyssa on January 19, 2012

in Food, Restaurant Reviews

I didn’t know it at the time I visited, but Bare Back Grill has been voted one of the best burger places in San Diego. Bare Back Grill serves New Zealand style burgers, which means they use organic, grass-fed beef from New Zealand. The vegetables used to top the burgers are also organic. Devin took me there because one of his coworker’s had ordered a tofu burger, which I’d only tried once before at the dining hall at UCI (it was a mushy, bland burger), so I wanted to try Bare Back Grill’s rendition. Unfortunately, when I went, Bare Back Grill had run out of the Holy Roller(tempura fried tofu burger) so I ordered a Wake & Bake.

The Wake & Bake sandwich is a tilapia fish filet dipped in tempura batter and fried until golden and crisp. The light tempura batter allowed the fresh tilapia flavor to shine through. I was also surprised that the tilapia filet remained juicy. Topping the Wake & Bake was a mildly spicy coleslaw and mayonnaise. It was a hefty sandwich with a good portion of creamy coleslaw that went well with the fried tilapia. Since the burgers and sandwiches come solo, I added onion rings on the side. These onion rings were freshly fried and although I only received about five onion rings, they were cut thick and were very large in diameter. They came with a wasabi mayonnaise sauce which didn’t give off very much heat. Even though much of the food I ordered was fried and there was also a good portion of mayonnaise, it didn’t sit heavy in my stomach afterwards. I’ll be back to try the Holy Roller burger!

Bare Back Grill

4640 Mission Blvd.

San Diego, CA 92109


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kirk January 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Hi Alyssa – Here’s a funny story. When a friend of mine first told me about the place, I did a google search just typing in “bareback” holy smokes……….talk about a bunch of results NSFW! Yikes!


2 Alyssa February 11, 2012 at 8:13 am

Haha, I had to make sure I was hearing correctly when I first found out the name for this restaurant! It’s an unusual name, but I can see how it relates to their organic ingredients.


3 Asmita January 23, 2012 at 4:39 am

Love tilapia a lot, it is such a versatile fish, takes any flavor easily. This sandwich with the onion rings looks super delicious!!!


4 Alyssa February 11, 2012 at 8:10 am

Tilapia isn’t a very celebrated fish, but I really like it. It’s also very forgiving to cook with! It’s hard for me to pass up onion rings, especially when they’re battered instead of breaded.


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