A Wedge Salad, Karl Strauss, & What’s On Your Plate?

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As I’ve mentioned before, hubs and I are on a hunt for good, local restaurants in San Diego. We don’t expect the world on a platter, but we’re looking for quality and we’re looking for local. We’ve tried a number of bigger chain restaurants over the last few months and have walked away poor and disappointed.

Well, not poor, really, but with significantly less money in our wallets and a dissatisfied feeling in our bellies.

So, on our weekly date nights we’ve opted for cheaper choices that are guaranteed to be tasty, like fish tacos from Rubio’s or a burrito from Chipotle.

Last night we got brave. Inspired by an episode of Sam the Cooking Guy where he interviewed chefs and owners of San Diego micro-breweries, I wondered if perhaps one of these restaurants might offer a better dinner than the abysmal Claim Jumper we visited a few weeks ago.

So, we headed for the Karl Strauss Brewery and Restaurant near Legoland. Since this restaurant services the nearby resort, I was hopeful that the service and atmosphere would be good. A quick glance at the menu before we left home promised that it might be tasty and affordable, too.

And it was!

It wasn’t “out of this world” good, but it was a definite improvement over some of the meals we’ve had out. I would say it was definitely good.

Hubs ordered the Cajun pasta while I opted for The Wedge, a romaine heart, split lengthwise, topped with blue cheese, gorgonzola, green onions, tomatoes, and bacon. Yum-O! I ordered the salad as a meal to shave the final bill a bit, but if you are ravenous, you may want to add chicken or shrimp. There was no bread basket, otherwise that would have fit the bill.

Our two meals totaled a little over twenty dollars. While not as cheap as Taco Tuesday at Rubio’s, it was a delicious grown-up meal, and still pretty economical when you consider it was an adult meal at a full-service restaurant in a resort location. Beer connoisseurs will be pleased with the large selection of beer offerings, as well.

The service was excellent and the atmosphere very grown-up and relaxing. I don’t know that I would take my kids, just because it’s nice to have something different for date night, but they do have a children’s menu and there were children seated nearby while we ate. There are Karl Strauss locations in downtown San Diego, La Jolla, Sorrento Mesa, Carlsbad, Costa Mesa, and at the Universal Citywalk.

We found a great date night option, enjoyed a nice meal, and I’m now inspired to try making a romaine wedge salad at home.

I deciphered the salad. Here’s what you need, easy peasy:

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photo credit, 2nd photo: Karl Strauss

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  1. Thank you for hosting. I’m a follower, and this hop is found on a page on my site that lists more than 200 hops, memes, and photo challenges… some for each day of the week. Check under the header for the link to that page. I’ve also just started a BlogFrog community that focuses on hops, carnivals, memes, and photo challenges. Go to to visit & participate.
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  2. I shared my Asiago Cheddar Rolls recipe. I bought the asiago months ago but kept putting it off. I finally made them last week. They came together quickly, but I thought I’d have too much cheese left over. Nope! The amount of cheese in the recipe was correct. You can mix and match any cheese you like. Thank you so much for hosting.

  3. Hi there! Thanks for hosting! I’m sharing my *Fresh* Mex Flatbread Pizza this week. I’ve been addicted to these flatbread pizzas lately…so easy & good!

    Have a GREAT week!!

  4. Love your link ups. Love your recipes. Thanks so much for keeping me supplied with awesome recipes to try.

  5. Love it, Karl Strauss is so yummy, you should try any one of the cohn group resturants in SD, they are all fantastic…Corvetter Diner(kids), Prado, Indigo Grill- so yummy!

  6. This looks yummy!!! Can’t wait to peruse the link-ups and find a new recipe or 4 for my family! =)

  7. Love local eateries. I have a local food link-up if you’re interested:

  8. I love Sam the Cooking Guy!

  9. Love the idea of using Romaine in your Wedge salad. I never was fond of Ice Burg so stayed away from that sort of salad.

    Extraordinary Life

  10. We had something similar at Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Austin (very nice place!!) years ago, and we still reminisce about that wedge salad! I’ll have to give this recipe a try.


  11. Shannon says:

    If you like pizza and pasta, try Mama N’ Papa’s Pizza Grotta just north of the 78 on Civic Center Drive in Vista. They have decent prices, I love the pizza and my husband loves the large meatballs.

    And if your looking to splurge DO NOT go to Hunters Steakhouse in Oceanside, we went for our anniversary in April and it was a major disapointment. We were so bummed to waste our hard earned money on previously frozen food, definately NOT the “Best Prime Rib in San Diego”

    Looking forward to more reviews, as we are on a shoestring budget, and always disappointed when we eat out.

  12. Thanks for hosting! I’ve never ate aKarl Strauss Brewery before! I’ll have to be on the look out for one!

  13. This may be a little too late, but I just wanted to let you in a another great local restaurant that my brother just started. I think that he is mainly at the farmers market, but he is also going to open up a shop in little Italy soon. It’s called OB Bread Co. The menu consists of authentic panini sandwiches and soups. All the ingredients that he uses are local and his prices good. Check it out if you get a chance.

    • @Becky, Sorry I forgot to add which farmers market he is at, He is at Ocean Beach Farmers Market. He also caters. Here is a good review someone did of his shop-

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