DH and I have loved watching all the changes happening at the new UTC mall. I don’t think we’ve visited it so many times since our college days.

One of the newest additions, and one I was closely watching, is the opening of Eureka, a gourmet burger and craft beer restaurant. The La Jolla location is actually one of several in California.

We were excited to see that Eureka features several local craft beers, the selection of which changes daily.

Thai Chili Wahoo (Ballast Point), Brainless on Peaches (Epic)

We first tasted the thai chili beer from Ballast Point at a certain porcine party and really loved it. So I was super excited to see it offered here and loved it once again. It’s a light beer and the chili gives just the slightest burn.

Of course, DH went for the peach flavored beer from Epic which is actually a brewery from Salt Lake City.

Too late, after placing our drink orders, we noticed an option for a beer tasting flight letting you sample four different beers. We’ll have to do that next time.

Truffle Fries
Generous portion of signature fries infused with truffle oil, green onions and melted havarti cheese

DH feels compelled to order truffle fries whenever he sees them on the menu. Unfortunately, we didn’t really enjoy these. The fries weren’t crispy enough, too soft and soggy for our liking.

Corn Dog Lollipops
All natural polish sausage hand-breaded in a sweet cornbatter served with a spicy porter mustard sauce, ketchup and a cheddar I.P.A. sauce

I enjoyed this appetizer much more than the fries. They were quite cute and the corn dog batter was nice and light and filled with mini sausages which is a good upgrade from the standard mini hot dogs.

I hadn’t intended to make so many Valentine’s Day themed desserts but I’ve been on a serious red velvet cake kick lately. So the other day, I decided to turn it into a drink.

Red velvet hot chocolate! Perfect for the cold weather and upcoming holiday.

This weekend I got a chance to brunch at the newly opened Solace, which I had been very curious about after hearing some good buzz.  Solace is owned by Chef Matt Gordon, who also owns the popular Urban Solace.

Joining me on this eating adventure was San Diego food blogger Foodie Flirt, who I finally got to meet in person after numerous back and forth online conversations.

After browsing the menu I wanted to try almost everything. We settled for sharing a few dishes.

Fried Green Tomatoes, Whipped Feta Crème Fraîche, Spicy Herb Purée

The seasoned breading was light and crunchy, letting the firm and tart tomatoes shine through. I haven’t had much experience with green tomatoes but found this dish to be simple and a pleasant.

Kitchen Sink with Biscuits ‘n’ Gravy, Sausage, Brown Sugar Slab Bacon, Two Fried Eggs on top

This dish sounded monstrous but also delicious. I loved everything about it. The biscuits were tender and cheesy. They tasted even better mixed with the gravy. The bacon was super crispy and slightly sweetened by brown sugar. Mixed with runny eggs and sausage, what more can you ask for?