Brunch at Fathom Bistro- Shelter Island, San Diego
Name: Fathom Bistro
Where: 1776 Shelter Island Drive San Diego, California 92106
About: Fathom Bistro may be small, but the draft craft beers and beer food they serve up, are mighty. Its dining room sits over the water, has a big picture window, and is tastefully decorated in a nautical theme complete with submariner memorabilia.
The way the morning sun glints off the water to illuminate the nautical interior walls is dazzling. Waving bands of light reminded me of the movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which plays regularly on a monitor mounted on the wall. Varnished wooden tables and painted plank walls brought back memories of my sailing days crewing on Ancient Mariner wooden sloops on San Diego Bay.
On nice days you can sit outside to enjoy a craft beer.
There is a great view of downtown San Diego from Fathom Bistro’s outside tables.
The Weekend Brunch Menu offers a selection of six dishes the eatery has become known for. In addition to their tap list of 15 craft beers, they also serve Mimosas ($3.00) and a “Ballast Point Bloody Mary Mix Shot” ($1.00) during brunch.
What I ate: I chose the Fathom Burger ($9.00)- a fresh-ground sirloin patty, perfectly grilled with carmelized edges, served on a toasted Amoroso Roll, and topped with melted Blue cheese, crispy lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, and pickles.
The mouth-watering patty was plump and juicy. The sharpness and creaminess of the cheese paired perfectly with the seared meat, marrying all the flavors throughout the burger. Fathom Burger is served with lots of napkins for a reason.
Having a high quality burger in the fresh sea air along with a San Diego-made craft beer on a warm, sunny, San Diego day in December- priceless.
What I drank: AleSmith X (5.25% ABV) Extra Pale Ale. I was taught that a pale ale is perfect for pairing with a hamburger, and this one did not disappoint. Smooth and malty with a frothy head, it had a nice mouthfeel, slightly citrus flavor, and a crisp, clean finish. It was perfect for refreshing my palate between bites of the juicy burger.
The beer menu at Fathom Bistro is well rounded with spectacular craft beers, and most are from San Diego County.
They also serve their own version of Belgium’s Gluhkriek (winter warmer), in the form of a “heated Petrus Aged Red Ale with brown sugar and a stick of cinnamon,” for $8.00.
Likes: An excellent, well-made hamburger with a good selection of craft beers to pair with it. A beautiful little bistro right above the water of San Diego Bay. Excellent service.
The Verdict: Recommended. Great craft beer, delicious food, and a beautiful place to enjoy them both for a Saturday or Sunday brunch.