Walking into 608 gives you the feeling of a rustic, but quite chic, place to go to enjoy the company of friends, sip good drink, and experience fantastic food. By fantastic food, I mean imaginative, delectable, real food that restores your faith in the fresh and simple without being boring. Allow me to share my favorites from the menu.
by Food E
If you close your eyes and allow the smell of smoky bbq sauce to fill your nostrils, the sound of blues music, laughter and the game to ring in your ears, you will most likely open your eyes in Oceanside’s That Boy Good BBQ restaurant. Chef Mark Millwood and wife Kim have brought the South to Southern California. From the swinging screen door, blues music, distinct Southern décor and the food, oh the food…That Boy Good gives you the smells, sights, sounds and definitely the taste of the South! The nondescript brown and yellow building that reads BBQ and Cold Beer on the outside gives no hint to the wonderful Southern culture awaiting you inside.
Walking into TBG we were quickly seated, but noticed that when there is a wait you will have the pleasure of lounging in rocking chairs and couches straight from Grandma’s house decorated with her hand woven quilts and pillows. The scene immediately gives you the feel of being welcomed into someone’s home for a great meal. And a great meal it was. My meal consisted of many things (I am not ashamed to say) and I thoroughly enjoyed it all. I will highlight my favorites picking an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert.
Oceanside’s restaurants and craft breweries are more than just a place to get a hot meal and a cold beer. They’re where we celebrate special occasions with friends and loved ones, experience new taste sensations, and where we satisfy our cravings by exploring San Diego County’s diverse cultures. Restaurants and craft breweries are also where many of us work to support our families, and they are a key driver of our region’s thriving economy. San Diego County is home to more than 2,500 restaurants from fine dining to fast casual, and 126 craft breweries from nano to internationally distributed brands. And there is one thing they all have in common – natural gas is essential to their current and future success.
There’s been a lot of talk about natural gas lately, but what hasn’t been discussed is how important it is for San Diego County. After all, it’s a clean energy source that is responsible for generating more than half of all the electricity used in our region. But it’s especially critical for the local restaurant and brewing industries. That’s because natural gas not only keeps the lights on, it also fires the brew kettles, cooks the food properly, keeps beer and food cold and the breweries and kitchens sanitary – all of which are crucial to highly functioning brewing and food service operations.
by Sara Johnson and Amber Ter-Vrugt, Oceanside Living Magazine 2016
Oceanside is a great place to get a buzz… a caffeine buzz, that is! We had entirely too much fun visiting our local coffee (and tea) houses. Through our vigorous research of the coffee
gems of coastal Oceanside, we realized that Oceanside has something for EVERYONE. Each coffee house has its own special vibe, flavor and attributes. Whether you need a
quiet place to relax, an edgy place to enjoy music, or a place you can bring your crazy kids and let them run-a-muck, we discovered you don’t have to leave our community to find
it. Whatever scene you’re in the mood for, you can find it in Oceanside. The single commonality between all the places we sampled is quality. No matter what you chose, you’re going
to have a darn good cup of joe… or tea! We hope our findings are helpful, …Now go get a buzz…!
Written by: Isabella Janovick
Photos by: Kyle Janovick
During our nice holiday break my husband and I were in search of some new restaurants that would complement his meat-lovers diet and my vegetarian one. Sometimes it is hard to find a restaurant that will satisfy both needs, but with all these new places popping up in Oceanside, it is becoming easier. I myself am a big wino and a craft beer snob. I had heard the name Barrel Republic, but I didn't really know anything about their menu or setup. Just the word "barrel", which could refer to beer or wine, caught my attention and we gave it a go.
When we walked in we were greeted and asked for a credit card. I gave a confusing look since this is not the typical hello one receives when entering a restaurant. The host than further explained that every patron obtains a wristband to wear that has a chip in it which turns on the beer and wine valves. Once a valve is turned on, your pour, no matter what size, is measured and totaled at the end of your visit. Hmm, interesting concept.
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