Monday, September 29, 2014

A Trip to Urge American Gastropub

As we get settled into our new community we have made it a priority to seek out new great places to eat every weekend.  There have been some winners, and a couple of losers, but this was a home run! The Urge American Gastropub is an amazing spot located off of Bernardo Center Dr in Rancho Bernardo about 20 miles north of Downtown San Diego.

When we arrived brunch was just ending and while the the menu looked amazing, we had our eyes, and stomachs set on the duck poutine fries.

The duck poutine fries are made with their house-made fries topped with shredded duck breast confit, house brown gravy and Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery white cheddar cheese curds. Then to make it even better they topped it off with a coating of mango-apple and diced applewood smoked bacon chutney.  

To wash this amazing amalgamation of awesome down I had a trio of tasters starting with an Oskar Blues Old Chub on Nitro Scotch Ale, Rodenbach Grand Cru Flanders Red/Sour Ale, and Stone Arbalest Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels.  All of which are fantastic.

To follow the fries we had the Firecracker Shrimp which is on a bed of their house-made cole slaw, topped with applewood smoked bacon and pop rocks, yes, that is correct.. pop rocks candy.... I don't think coleslaw will ever be the same without it again!  My next trio of tasters were Pizza Port Pale Rye'der, Legacy Chesty Irish Red on Nitro, and a Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin.  All were delicious, but the Grapefruit Sculpin was my favorite this round.

We also ordered some of the Serrano Sculpin Hot wings to add a little heat to our lunchtime festivities and they were even better than they sound.  These wings aren't coated in a generic red hot sauce, this is a home-made sauce that is spicy with a hint of sweet thrown in for a bone cleaning combination of meat and sauce.

Ok, so if all of that doesn't do it for you, then this will.  Home-made Butterscotch Bread pudding, that is all I should have to say, but smother that in a vanilla bean sauce that was phenomenal, and you have perfection.  For my final pairing, and desert round I chose a Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout (a dessert in itself), a Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Ale, and Craftsman Heavenly Hefe. The Peanut Butter Milk Stout was awesome, but the Pumpkin Ale paired nicely with the bread pudding.

That completed our journey, and that was only the appetizer menu... They have an amazing selection of entrees that hopefully I will be able to chop through down the road, but the best part is what seems like an endless list of beer to choose from to expand your beer palate!! So next time you are in RB give this place a visit and you will not be disappointed.