There’s a cute little place in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood called West Coast Tavern. My friend Christina and I had a double date and were instructed to pick a restaurant. Being the foodie I am, I took it as a serious mission. My plan was to eat at Urban Solace, a restaurant I have been dying to try! But life had other plans. On a Sunday evening (Sunday!) Urban Solace were completely booked up! We were able to get “reservations” on their patio under the preface that it didn’t rain. With an 80% chance of rain the odds were not in our favor.
One hour before our dinner reservation my date called to say our reservation got canceled. In a mad scramble, I looked for another restaurant in North Park that would live up to my, and our guests, standards! Luckily I came upon West Coast Tavern. I gave their menu a quick glance, liked what I saw, and was able to get a reservation for 6pm. Speaking of which, who ever heard of having to get reservations on a Sunday? That still blows my mind!
West Coast Tavern is swanky. There’s something about the ambiance that felt just right when I stepped inside. We were seated right away and the staff was extremely attentive. They worked in a 3 person rotation that consisted of the drink guy, the waitress, and the “is everything cool?” guy. Every 5 minutes or so the next person in rotation would come up and ask if we needed another drink, wanted to order food, or just if things were “cool.”
I’m a sucker for a good cosmo, but I kept my eye on the prize—I couldn’t wait to order dinner. I scanned over their menu and was having trouble deciding between a few of their dishes. I’m a fan of homemade chicken pot pie and the jerk chicken sounded amazing. The jerk chicken came with a blue cheese and honey corn bread. Corn bread alone would have sold me, but ultimately I went with the grilled jidori chicken and asparagus.
The jidori chicken was delicious and totally worth every penny! I think the prices at WCT are extremely reasonable, another reason why I highly recommend this place. Also, if you go for their happy hour, you can get $5 food selections and take advantage of great drink specials.
One of the guys got the Tavern chicken ‘n’ waffle. I was excited to try it because I’ve never had chicken ‘n’ waffles. It was so-ho-ho goooooood. I definitely couldn’t eat like that every day but I highly recommend trying it if you ever get the chance. 🙂
Xtina ordered their filet mignon skewers. I didn’t try it, but again, she gave it the thumbs up. I think the photo speaks for itself.
WCT was so good, I ended up taking a couple friends there for happy hour a few days later. If you’re looking for good eats in a trendy spot that won’t break the bank, West Coast Tavern is definitely worth checking out.