Words & Pictures bt Justin Kunert.
Buried behind beer bars and brewing equipment lies Ballast Point’s fine dining experience, the Kettle Room. It seems weird to call this a hidden gem, given its location at one of the most popular breweries in San Diego. But after swimming through the crowd of thirsty folk and busy servers, Chris and I found ourselves behind huge sliding glass doors in a dimly lit room, only accompanied by the three skeletons below.
The Kettle Room greeting crew
And just like that, we were the only ones in the whole place. Given the speakeasy vibe and lack of clientele, it felt like I was in on some secret that the rest of San Diego hadn’t caught on to. It was a cozy spot set in the heart of the brewing area. Here was the view from our table.
Piles and piles of malted barley
I accepted the honor of ordering beer, and Chris handled the food. The Kettle Room offers a concise menu focused on quality over quantity, with options for a prix fixe menu with or without beer pairings
Slider (tart wheat ale), and the Sea Rose (cherry wheat ale). The Habanero Sculpin is a favorite of mine and was a good way to start the meal. The Biere de Garde had hints of both a Belgium style and a Saison. I really enjoyed the Red-Eared Slider, it was tart, refreshing, with lots of carbonation – perfect for the start of summer. We paired the sea rose with our dessert, it went well with the food, but otherwise this beer would probably be too sweet and fruity for me.
The Biere de Garde and the Red-Eared Slider
As Chris mentioned in his article, this was truly an exceptional dining experience. The service was incredible, the food was unlike anything I had ever had, and the beer was the perfect complement to round out the meal. So next time you find yourself at Ballast Point in Little Italy.
tossing back a few beers and munching on pretzel bites, remember the culinary marvel hiding away in the back and go give it a try.
*editors note..this is why you have a second person, they pick up on things you miss:) Thanks, Justin.
2215 India St
San Diego, CA
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