The team behind Eastbound Bar & Grill in Lakeside and Werewolf American Pub in downtown San Diego have done it again. The Hills Local Pub in La Mesa had its Grand Opening in early April and has hit the ground running.
I spoke with Catherine Cannock, one of the Hills’ Managers, who stated, “The Hills Local Pub is different. Our customers aren’t just customers, they’re family and that’s how we treat them.” And she’s right. The atmosphere is casual and welcoming, kid friendly, and you’re greeted by several attentive members of the staff as you walk in.
One of the many things that sets them apart from their competition is that on Wednesdays they donate a percentage of their sales to charity. Anyone who has a cause they champion can contact Peter Malloy, the General Manager at email@example.com to make arrangements. Also, be sure to check out their happy hour and other nightly specials including themed parties on Friday and Saturday nights.
Another thing that sets them apart is their well thought out and creative menu, not what you would think of from a traditional pub. They have 24 beers on tap, which is made up of a majority of local breweries, wine, and get this, beer to go.
So, here’s what we ordered. Sweet Potato Waffle Fries dusted with powdered sugar and served with maple dipping sauce – Imagine candied yams with a delicious pecan crumble topping at Thanksgiving. Ok, do you have it? Well forget everything you know or think you know about how good these fries would taste, because they’re better. Crispy, savory and sweet all in the same bite, not to mention the delicious caramel and maple finish. It was hard not to eat the entire plate by myself. You have never tasted sweet potato fries like this before.
Next, was the Superfood Salad – shredded brussel sprouts and kale, parmesan cheese, dried cranberries, and toasted almonds with a citrus avocado dressing. Hearty, chewy, crunchy, and tangy. The citrus avocado dressing is perfect for this robust salad as it cools the heat from the raw brussel sprouts and kale. The sweet cranberries, toasted almonds and parmesan cheese beautifully harmonize with each other and compliment the salad. A lot of thought went into this creation and as their top selling salad, I would say the customers agree.
Finally, the Bouffant Burger. A hand crafted beef patty, bacon, avocado, fried egg, American cheese, with chipotle sauce on a croissant bun. Many burger joints tout to have the best burger in town. Well I have to say that the Bouffant Burger destroys all other perceptions you may have about who owns that title. As you take that first bite you must firmly grasp the croissant and apply a little pressure to encourage the golden runny egg yolk to burst through its case and cascade over the meat, cheese, bacon and avocado. It provides a supreme richness that will take your breath away. This is a monster burger whose taste will floor you like no other. You will not be disappointed.
I definitely recommend this place. Great atmosphere. Great beer. Great food. Reasonable prices. A fun place to go with friends or family.
Be sure to check them out at thehillspub.com, on Facebook and Instagram. Better yet go in and experience The Hills Local Pub, located at 8758 La Mesa Blvd. La Mesa, CA 91941.