Whine & Dine: Notorious Burgers

There’s not too many things in this world that beat a good burger and a craft brew on a Friday night. My husband and I had been wanting to try Notorious Burgers in Carlsbad for a while, so when Friday night rolled around and we wanted to go out somewhere casual with good food and local beers on tap, Notorious Burgers it was!

The Lowdown

  • This restaurant gives off the old neighborhood speakeasy feel and I love this line, straight from their website: “…this old city speakeasy reminiscent of the Rat Pack’s glory days will transport you back to a time when made men made history, prohibition proved pointless and bootlegging was boss.”
  • The menu is made up of a selection of Appetizers, Gangster Greens, Notorious Burgers (obviously) and Speakeasy Sandwiches.
  • I have three words for you: Mobster Lobster Fries – just order them.

Notorious Burgers

  • You can either build your own burger or order from their house burgers like the Big Poppa Bacon BBQ Burger with all natural beef, bacon, cave-aged cheddar, hand-battered onion rings and bbq sauce or the Lucky Luciano’s Truffle Burger with all-natural beef, Stilton bleu cheese, bacon, micro arugula, and wild truffle mushroom demi – wowza!

Notorious Burgers

  • They proudly serve all-natural grass-fed beef.
  • They have a phenomenal local draft beer selection – I love that they support local brewers.
  • The service was fast and pleasant and very accommodating for our car seat and little Miss Blake.

Notorious Burgers

My Favorite Part

I fell in love with this place when I saw that they actually have a burger called the Notorious B.I.G. – I love me some Biggy Smalls (may he R.I.P.)! And OF COURSE I had to order it while “Hypnotize” played in my mind. Note: It was incredible!

Notorious Burgers

Uncasked Brew Fest at Westfield UTC

What do you get when you pair the best brewers in San Diego with delicious eats and a fun photo booth? These are the ingredients that made up the Uncasked Brew Fest that I attended yesterday at Westfield UTC.

The Setting

I have been to “Brew Fests” before, but I must say this was easily my favorite – largely due to the event setting. There were 4 different beer gardens (all named after neighborhoods in San Diego: Encinitas, Little Italy, Gaslamp and North Park – I just loved that) found throughout the plaza of the Westfield UTC mall. Each beer garden featured two breweries paired with a restaurant – quenching your thirst and satisfying your appetite all in one setting.

Westfield UTC

The Brews

8 local breweries provided tastings at the event, including: Stone Brewing Co., Mother Earth Brew Co., Rock Bottom Brewery, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Helm’s Brewing Company, Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment, Rough Draft Brewing Co., and Mike Hess Brewing.

My good friend (also a new mom) is one of the owners of Mother Earth Brew Co. so I invited her to join me on a Mom’s Night Out. We supported Mother Earth Brew Co. with some awesome t-shirts that were also quite appropriate for two new moms! #LoveYourMother

Mother Earth Brew Co.

Helm's Brewing Company

The Food

Season’s 52, PIRCH, Tender Greens and Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer provided samples of some of their delicious dishes and snacks. Some of my favorites included the Truffle Fries from Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer, the Red Mole Braised Tacos from Season’s 52 and Beef Medallions from PIRCH. And although Season’s 52 wasn’t offering samples of their desserts, they showcased a dessert display on their table and it looked incredible (I’m always easily distracted by pretty desserts.)

Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer


Season's 52

The Fun

The Social Cycle was also on display. I’ve seen this fun “party on wheels” cruising around Downtown San Diego and always wondered what it was all about. Essentially it’s a 16-passenger, Dutch-style bicycle that is pedal-powered by its riders. Apparently you can rent this out for bar crawls, birthday parties or sightseeing around San Diego and they service Downtown San Diego, North/South Park, Bankers Hill, Hillcrest and Pacific Beach.

If there’s ever any sort of photo booth at an event, you’ll find me waiting in line to take photos. I LOVE photo booths. But the SD Photo Bus took my love to a whole new level. The booth is actually a mobile VW Bus with fun props inside, different filters to choose from and you can even text message or email yourself with the final photo strip. You seriously NEED THIS for your next event or wedding, people! I’m obsessed!

SD Photo Bus

SD Photo Bus


Overall, great event at the Westfield UTC mall!

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