What a fun place to eat with friends: the Raglan Public House – at the corner of Bacon and Niagara. The ambiance is inviting; the beers are numerous – I counted over 81 on the menu; the food is wonderful and the waitstaff – Josie and Alex – were delightful. Josie is really from New Zealand, and her charming accent only added to the atmosphere of the place. Alex, for the women in the audience, was nice to look at; has a mean handshake – like he was really glad we were there – and charming as well. (Yes, I know it is a sexist comment, but let’s face it – I enjoyed watching him.)
Do I need to write more? For those of you that criticized me on my last Ocean Beach venture, I hope that this redeems my taste buds and you no longer come after me with a forked tongue or steak knife.
A friend and I went for lunch at what was formerly “The Vine.” I remember the same restaurant when it was an Italian Restaurant and, like “The Vine” was sorry to see them both close down. I hope that this eclectic place remains in Ocean Beach for a long time.
The lunch special was really “a special” – price wise, quantity wise, and taste wise. The special is only Monday-Friday from 11:00am – 3:00 pm. It was advertised as “Burger, Fries, and Beer for $10.99.” One heck of a good deal, because there were four different kinds of hamburgers to choose from and one “grilled bird.” If you didn’t feel like a sandwich, you could also choose one of two salads. If you ordered directly from the menu and not from the special, you would pay $9 for the “Bare Burger”; “Queenstown Fave” the “Average Joe” and the “Lil Bitties” were $9.90 and those were the burgers offered on the lunch special. The “Grilled Bird” was also $9.90 and none of them came with French fries nor beer. (The fries varied from $3.50 to $6.50 and if you wanted sweet potato fries the cost range was from $4.90 to $8.50.) The beers that are offered on the lunch menu also varied in price.
Since the friend I was with doesn’t drink beer, he elected to order the “Hogs and Heffers” which was a grass fed beef with bacon, avocado and Edam cheese. It was cooked to perfection. I elected to have the Fish N’ Chips, which was $12.90. It came with fries cooked perfectly and hot when they got to the table. The side of tartar sauce and malt vinegar enhanced the already tasty flavor of the meal. We also tried their special sauces – a garlic aioli, a tomato chutney, and a horseradish base sauce. They were also very tasty and complimented the meal. Additionally, I ordered the Julian Hard Cider, and was surprised to find that the alcohol content was 6.9%. (No wonder I am having trouble typing this review.)
The menu, written on what appears to be a cocktail napkin – it isn’t because it opens up to a full size menu – has many different offerings, and quite a bit available for those that don’t eat meat. Besides the burgers and chicken offerings, there is a section on “munchies”; “townie Faves”; “Got Greens”; “happy N’ Ding” which included ice cream floats made with Young’s Double Chocolate Stout or IBC Root Beer. There is also a selection of Wines, some of which are from Australia, New Zealand, Napa Valley and California. (Yes, I know that Napa Valley is in California, but that is how it is listed on the menu.)
There is no question about going back to eat again. In fact, three in my widow support group will be going back with me on Saturday following our massage. And, besides a breakfast brunch that ends at 1:00pm on the weekend, from 11:00-3:00pm Bloody Mary’s, Mimosa’s, Sangria’s and Bloody Beers are only $3. So yes, I do recommend the Raglan Public House – 1851 Bacon St., Ocean Beach –(619) 794-2304.
There are only two things I want to mention – because the burger and fish and chips are finger foods there were no utensils served. I could have used a fork with my fish, not because it was messy, but it was HOT! And…our bill, with a tip came to $38, which is pricey for a lunch for two. BUT the food was so good, I will go back, even though it cost more than I thought it would. (And…I might even have a plastic fork in my fanny pack.)