I love trying new food places that pop up around this wonderful city of mine. And especially when there are classic and fun foods on the menu! In the past few weeks I had the pleasure of trying Rare Form, a Consortium Holdings restaurant that serves as a delicatessen and a neat bar. And Bazinga Eatery, a food spot dedicated to all things with macaroni and cheese!
Also if you haven’t noticed, I added a new category to my blog “local” to keep all things San Diego in one convenient little tab full of fun sights to see and delicious eateries!
Rare Form, nicely sandwiched between Petco Park and the restaurants nearby, is neighbored next to the Stone Brewing Tap Room. While waiting for our order to arrive, I ordered a sparkling pomegranate lemonade that was a little tarte for my liking, but yummy to sip on nonetheless. Rare Form offers a wide selection of different sandwiches, their most popular being the Rare Form (Pastrami, Braised Sauerkraut, Swiss, Special Sauce, Grilled Rye) and El Cubano (Smoked Ham, Pulled Pork, Bread & Butter Pickles, Swiss, Whole Grain Mustard, Aioli, Bolillo Roll). I decided to be a rebel and get the waffle and chicken sandwich along with a side of fries. What I love about this place is the unique aesthetic and flavors they bring to table (literally). The pastrami meat in my cousin’s sandwich wasn’t a traditional thin sliced sandwich meat, but rather freshly thick slices. I had a bite of it, and it was delicious! The blend of flavors came together really well and I don’t normally like pastrami. My chicken and waffle sandwich was really good, too. I enjoyed the crispiness of the breaded chicken and the waffles had the perfect amount of soft and crisp just how I like it. It was a tad messy eating it with the syrup, but what lunch isn’t good if you don’t get messy?
As for the sides, the chips come standard with any sandwich order (this doesn’t include waffle sandwiches, though!) and I had a few of my cousin’s and they were delicious and definitely homemade far from the average type of chips. My fries were extra, but I wanted something to much on on the side. They had an amazing sauce with it but I cannot recall what taste it had. Do I recommend this place, definitely! Would I go again? In a heart beat! For under $15 depending on what you get, you’ll get a delicious meal with a chill vibe and a taste that will keep you coming back.
Bazinga Eatery is a cute little spot nestled in Northpark. If it’s one thing I love, it’s mac n cheese, so of course I had to try this place. This is the first mac n cheese joint of its kind to make its way to San Diego and they do not disappoint! They offer a variety of different mac n cheese appetizers and entrees. I mean, what’s a meal without mac n cheese, with a side of mac n cheese? We dove straight for the main menu – I went with the Chorizo (Sharp cheddar, fontina, mozzarella, chorizo, roasted poblano peppers, jalapeños, topped with spiced chicharrón) and my friend went with the Benedict (Sharp cheddar, fontina, mozzarella, Canadian bacon, rainbow chard topped with an over easy egg). I do want to note that these took a little while to come out, but it was well worth the wait! The chorizo was my favorite of the two because it had the different blend of textures of cheesy and crunchy and a nice kick from the jalapeños. It was super filling and I can’t wait to try their other flavors! I also look forward to trying their mac n cheese pizza and mac n cheese balls appetizers on my next visit! I especially love how affordable it was! You can even try a mac n cheese sampler for $10, how neat is that?
If you’re looking to try a new spot in San Diego, definitely consider giving these two a shot. Sandwiches and mac n cheese!? You can never go wrong with either! I’m already looking forward to trying other spots in San Diego that I’ve had my eye on, so keep a lookout for that!