Friday, March 23, 2012

Raglan Public House

Kitty-corner to Poma's Italian Deli is Raglan Public House, owned by the folks that brought Bare Back Grill to Downtown and Pacific Beach. Still stuffed from Poma's, I didn't have a chance to eat or drink here, but the vibe was laid-back and I dug the outdoor, communal seating area. The building's gorgeous design is by Michael Soriano, also responsible for Sessions Public up the street in Loma Portal. 

The tables are made from recycled crates. There's heating outside as well. 

View from across Bacon Street into Raglan. I love the colorful, re-purposed wood and the overall aesthetic of this place. Looks like (from the outside) it's been in OB forever. 

Surf board chandelier. 



Thursday, March 22, 2012

OBecian Rage!





OBecians were seriously pissed off by my piece on Poma's Italian Delicatessen 
The line that triggered my Facebook beat-down was: 


The next time you’re slumming it in O.B., dazed and ready to munch, grab one of these sandwiches and hit the beach. Take my word for it—they travel well.

Allow me to clarify. I was not calling Ocean Beach a slum. I was referring to the slummy sort of behavior that, say, a 4th of July-grade party on the beach inspires; drinking lots, getting baked and searching (barefoot with a bathing-suit wedgie) for grub on the streets of OB. I was not making the generalization that everyone behaves this way in this part of town, either. And if I did mean something along those lines, believe you-me-- it was a compliment!

More beef came with the OB Rag's response in their First Cuppa Coffee:

" The next time you’re “slumming” around North Park—or whatever neighborhood CityBeat writer Amy T. Granite lives in, be sure to bring along a  stash of meatballs to throw at her houseWriting under the moniker of “Grubby Bitch”, she “discovers” OB’s Poma’s Italian Delthis week and proceeds to get all weak kneed about their eggplant parm subs. And she rambles on about the roast beef “mayo-bomb of a sandwich”. But somehow she fails to notice the best meat ball sub in all of western civilization. I may love me some politics, but dem meatballs are primo. Failing to notice them is like driving along Abbott Street & not seeing the beach…But somehow she fails to notice the best meat ball sub in all of western civilization. I may love me some politics, but dem meatballs are primo. Failing to notice them is like driving along Abbott Street & not seeing the beach…"

Excuuuuse me for trying three different subs and only having two hollow legs! I never order meatball, because my Nana's recipe that I make at home reigns supreme (in my book). I'm often disappointed by "outsider" meatballs, so I avoid ordering 'em. 

Bottom line: Think twice about what you say to OBecians. Excessive sun exposure does not lead to thick skin. 
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