A Visit to Burgers, Bait, and Beers- San Diego (Embarcadero Park)
Name: Burgers, Bait, and Beers
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South (behind San Diego Convention Center)
Cost: Hamburgers $6.75-$8.45 | “Monster” Hot Dogs $8.95-$10.75 | Sides, Salads, Soups $2.50 | Pints $5.00
About: This small, waterfront restaurant just opened last week. It is owned and operated by Rich and Consuelo Rosengreen of Quality Coast, Inc., a full service catering company specializing in gourmet street food. One of their gleaming street kitchens sits on the patio next to the concession building at the Embarcadero.
In addition to the excellent service, I loved the look and feel of the place. Bar stools at the concession window, street kitchen grilling food outdoors on the patio, the simplicity of their menu– a perfect place for hamburgers and beer.
All hamburgers are cooked medium and are served with a creamy tomato aioli spread on a brioche bun. Fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, various cheeses, and a pickle spear also come with the burgers. They also serve gourmet hot dogs that are “handmade and homemade” in their kitchen.
Burger options are: All American with ground chuck steak ($6.75), Baja Burger with smoky pork chorizo ground chuck steak ($7.85), Pastrami Tsunami Burger with pastrami ground chuck steak ($8.45), and Mediterranean Turkey Burger with ground turkey ($845).
Hot dog options are: The Godzilla made with pork sausage ($8.95), The Frankenfurter made with pork sausage ($8.95), The Kraken made with beef sausage ($10.75), and The ChupaKabra made with turkey chorizo sausage ($9.25).
My top three comfort foods that I love to pair with craft beer are hamburgers, tacos, and pizza, with burgers being number one. However, after seeing the hot dogs Burgers, Bait, and Beer is serving, I may have to add them to my list.
What I Ate: I had the All American burger with an added strip of bacon ($1.25). Ground chuck steak, American cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes between a lightly grilled brioche bun– classic. As I somehow fit my mouth around it and bit into the burger I found it to be perfectly cooked and charred. The meat was fresh and flavorful (still a little pink in the middle), and the bun was toasted just right with light griddle marks. Like the beef and bun, cheese, lettuce, onions, and tomatoes were fresh.
What I Drank: Orange Avenue Wit (5.2% ABV/15 IBU), a California witbier by Coronado Brewing Company. It is a Belgian-style ale, unfiltered, spiced with coriander, orange zest, and honey. The pint was served with a slice of orange perched on the rim of the glass. Delicious and refreshing. However, it did not pair well with the burger. My mistake. I should have paired it with a pale ale or IPA.
Likes: Eating a delicious, well-made burger in the fresh sea air next to the water is priceless to me. Handmade sausages, homemade sauces and spreads, oh my. Add in a local craft beer and there is nothing better. Excellent service; friendly and professional. Kid friendly and dog friendly.
Dislikes: Only one true “craft beer” is available at this time- Coronado Brewing Company’s Orange Avenue Wit.
The Verdict: Serving perfectly executed burgers, delicious sides, and tasty beers at reasonable prices makes this little gem. Excellent and personable service, million dollar views, and plenty of parking make Burgers, Bait, and Beer one of the best places to gorge on hamburgers and beer in San Diego. Recommended.Share This: