California Dive Bars

Steaks on the Barby

From the Plate of the Day Food Blog (which has many other great spots, too.) Turf Supper Club and Bar 1116 25th St. (At C Street) San Diego, CA 92102 Phone: (619) 234-6363 21 and up At a glance, the Turf Club is just another dimly lit lounge bar decorated in 60’s era decor replete with tufted black leather booths under a glow of red lights. Playful jams from an old jukebox creap into the din of the bar chatter (Sometimes live piano music on the weekends). The difference however as you’ll soon notice is the smoky aroma of grilled meats and the boisterous crowd of people hovering over a small grill in the middle of the bar! That’s right, a grill inside of the bar! Here at the Turf Club, you can flip burgers and steaks with one hand and down cocktails and draft beer with the other. What a great concept! Do you remember the last time you were at a bar, having a few drinks then suddenly got a little hungry for some home cooked food? Well at the Turf Club, you can drink, cook, and eat all at the same time. I can’t believe there aren’t more of these type of bars and grills around. Well, there is the copy-cat Strip Club in the Gas Lamp area but it’s more expensive and basically made for those posers on their way to the W hotel. Every night at the Turf Club on the other hand is a BBQ party - a fun place to hang out and mingle at the grill. The meats are all pre-marinated and include Sirloin, Rib Eye, Fillet Mignon, burgers, and kebabs. They also have large portabello mushrooms and other vegetarian options for those inclined. Chicken is also available. Next to the grill is an arsenal of grilling seasonings including A1 steak sauce, salt, pepper, Worcester sauce, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and more. There’s a set of communal BBQ tongs and a flipper but sometimes it’s more fun to get your hands dirty and play with the fire. Just a tip though, if you burn your meal it’s your own fault - no refunds for poor cooks. Also keep an eye on your meat - someone took off with my large rib eye once and I was left with their sorry skinny sirloin.

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