Sublime Alehouse

by Alyssa on February 28, 2012

in Food, Restaurant Reviews

After a morning trip to the San Diego Safari Park (they have a new fruit bat exhibit!), we realized we were really hungry and stopped by Sublime Alehouse for a quick lunch. I was surprised that there were only two other patrons enjoying the bar when we arrived at 1PM on Sunday.

I was very conflicted between the pizzas, macaroni and cheeses, sandwiches, and burgers until I saw the Jalapeno Popper sandwich under the Grilled Cheese heading. The Grilled Cheese sandwiches at Sublime Alehouse are more akin to paninis, as the bread is coated with parmesan cheese before being grilled and achieving golden brown grill marks. The Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese had ¬†jalapeno slices with seeds removed and was bursting with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bechamel sauce. While the parmesan crust made the crust crispy, the bread was thick enough to stay soft. The jalapenos didn’t give off any heat that I could feel, but gave the sandwich some additional crunch and flavor in every bite. The jalapenos went great with the cream cheese and cheddar cheese combination. The grilled cheeses come with a choice of french fries, coleslaw, soup, or cucumber salad and can be upgraded to truffle fries. I upgraded to the truffle fries for $2. The truffle fries were topped with parsley and coated with truffle oil, rendering the ketchup unnecessary. They were made to order and very well seasoned.

The Hawaiian Burger comes with a ring of roasted pineapple, caramelized onions, bacon pineapple spread, and applewood smoked bacon. The burgers are cooked to order with the buns slightly toasted. Even with the addition of toppings, the beef flavor really comes through and the patty remains juicy.

I will definitely be back to try their macaroni and cheese, beer flights, and pizza!

Sublime Alehouse

1020 West San Marcos Blvd.

San Marcos, CA 92078



Bisbee Grille

by Alyssa on December 21, 2011

in Food, Restaurant Reviews, Travel

After our visit to Tombstone, we headed about forty minutes south to Bisbee. Bisbee is a small, historic town set in the mountains. I had been there as a kid to explore the inoperative copper mines, so I wanted to share the experience with my cousin. Unfortunately, we arrived sometime after noon and the rest of the tours for the day were booked, so we returned the next day. If you’re interested in going on a Queen Mine Tour, you should make reservations online.

Just as when I was a kid, we were each suited up with a yellow raincoat, belt, battery pack, flashlight, and hard hat. Safety first! The Queen Mine Tour enters the inoperative copper mine on a small train and there are two locations that passengers disembark the train and follow a guide through the copper mine. The tour takes about an hour and is very interesting, although the novelty of wearing the tour gear and riding the train is entertaining in itself.

But once again, we were left in a tourist trap during lunchtime. One of the first spots we found to eat that also served beer was the Bisbee Grille. The Bisbee Grille is located in an indoor shopping center with kiosks selling handmade jewelry, an ice cream shop, coffee shop, art stores, and restrooms located upstairs next to real estate offices. The restaurant was busy with tourists and after some wait, we were seated in a booth. I ordered the Malibu Vegetarian Burger which came on a standard white toasted bun. The patty was made out of brown rice, corn, carrots, peppers, and onions and was on par with the many frozen veggie patties sold at the grocery store. The mashed avocado was a nice touch to add flavor to the burger, but didn’t put it over the top. I really enjoyed the beer battered french fries, which were thick cut, freshly fried, and had a nice crispy exterior from the light beer batter.

My mom ordered the Portobella Ravioli, which came in an enormous bowl. The portion looked meager in comparison to the bowl, but halfway through the meal, my mom mentioned that cheesy, creamy sauce made the dish very heavy so the portion was just right. The portobella mushroom raviolis were served in the cream sauce with spinach, diced tomatoes, onions, and came with two slices of garlic bread which were perfect for dipping into the extra cream sauce.

The Bisbee Grille was a nice place to sit and relax after the mine tour, although it was a bit of a wait to get seated, have our food ordered, and receive our food. It was also difficult to grab the attention of our waiter, even after most of the tourists had cleared out of the restaurant. It’s not a place for a speedy bite to eat and the dishes are also a bit heavy: pasta dishes, fish dishes (fish and chips, shrimp scampi, etc.), hamburgers, steaks, ribs, meatloaf, and some salads.

Bisbee Grille

2 Copper Queen Plaza

Bisbee, AZ 85603



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