I have eagerly been following Eater’s coverage of the new Common Theory Public House. With its grand opening last weekend, I couldn’t wait a minute longer.
We tried out the two previous former occupants of the large space, neither of which lasted long, but Common Theory definitely shows signs of staying power.
The 5,500 square feet of space has been transformed to a very open and welcoming setting. In addition to offering a huge selection of craft beers, the restaurant also boasts a creative pub fare menu.
Of course we had to start with some beers. Currently, Common Theory offers each patron two complimentary “tasters.” I wish more restaurants would employ this concept. This gave us a chance to try a few of the drinks on the list we were most curious about.
Monstra Coffee, Beaver’s Milk, Table, ABT 12
We actually really loved all our samples. I’ve been curious about Monstra Coffee’s cold brew coffees and quite enjoyed this one. I also loved the little taster glass it was served in.
We ended up ordering full glasses of the Beaver’s Milk and Table.
Loved the generous pour for Benchmark’s Table (Belgian-style)
Beaver’s Milk (from Belching Beaver) is a creamy, sweet stout. Normally I find stouts too bitter, but I really enjoyed this one. I also really liked the glass it came in, especially since I still had the mini-me taster version of Monstra Coffee.
After we settled on beers, it was time to choose some dishes.
Duck Fat Fries
I was introduced to duck fat fries a few years ago and just fell in awe of this method of cooking up fries. Duck fat’s higher smoking temperature makes it ideal for frying, producing perfectly crunchy and flavorful fries. The fries are further enhanced with duck confit and truffle oil. These were as delicious as I anticipated and I could have easily finished off the entire plate by myself.
Chorizo Scotch Quail Eggs
These were cute as a button and quite tasty. The outside of the scotch eggs had a thin and crunchy protective layer before giving in to the spicy chorizo and petite quail egg. A mix of candied jalapeno relish heightened and simultaneously cut into the spice at the same time.
Salt and Pepper Wings
There are a few Asian-influenced menu items so I definitely wanted to try some fried wings. I thought the price point was a little high ($10 for 6 pieces), but the wings themselves were definitely one of the best version of Salt and Pepper Wings we’ve tried in San Diego. The crackly, crunchy skin was riddled with addictive spices. The chicken meat was still moist and juicy.
Truffle Macaroni and Cheese
Perhaps because we let this one get a little cold, I didn’t enjoy this quite as much as the others.
Overall, we had a fabulous time. I loved the beer selection and the food and I can’t wait to come back and try more. I was so happy with what we had here, I found myself texting friends during the meal to encourage them to come here. This is definitely a welcome addition to the Convoy area.
For another take, read Jinxi’s recent visit here.
Common Theory Public House
4805 convoy st, San Diego, CA 92111