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