tiger!tiger! / north park – san diego, ca
After Jake’s last softball game of the season last Wednesday (which lasts 8 games), we joined his team over at Tiger!Tiger! in North Park for a little post game drinking and eating. Well, I drank an Arnold Palmer and Jake had a Virgil’s Root Beer (which they have on TAP). We didn’t feel like partaking of the alcoholic beverages that evening.
[sausage poutine fries with house made fries, mozzarella curds, pork and sausage gravy / $9.50]
Jake and I shared these entrees since I could not eat these all on my own. The french fries here are made in house and topped with melted mozzarella curds plus bits of pork (tasted sort of like ham or sausage) and the sausage gravy on the side. I really like that the gravy is on the side so that it doesn’t make the fries all soggy and gross and you dip them into the sauce as you please. I hate when things get soggy so I was happy to see they did this. The fries were quite good and the curds were yummy, too (though they only seemed to be on a few spots). The gravy was good – akin to the sausage gravy they put on biscuits but it tasted like it was made with chicken stock rather than milk. In any case, it was yummy with the fries.
[pork belly banh mi with chinese bbq pork belly, cilantro, chili aioli, picked vegetables, cucumber on a baguette with slaw / $10]
We also shared this pork belly banh mi – though, we took the veggie part out since I don’t like pickled anything. I wish I would have thought to have left the cucumbers in though! Oh well. The pork belly was nice and tender and had a bit of a different flavor to it since it was “Chinese BBQ” pork belly. It was almost kind of charred in bits with a sweet kind of glaze on it, very similar to BBQ pork strips that you get in Chinese restaurant. Pretty good paired with the slightly spicy aioli sauce on a nice crusty baguette.
[ricotta cheesecake – $6.50]
They had a couple of different desserts on a board near the beer menu/ordering area and I spotted that they have Ricotta Cheesecake. We got one of those and shared it between us and a few people sitting at the table with it. Ricotta gives cheesecake a completely different flavor than cream cheese does. It’s a more savory taste and not as sweet as traditional cheesecake. In the past I haven’t cared for it that much, but I was interested to see how they did it here. It was a pretty good version, light and a little tart with that kind of savory feel to it which is funny since sometimes ricotta can taste really sweet. It didn’t taste like they added a ton of sugar to it but it was still pretty yummy. The brittle on top a bit on the burnt/bitter end and while pretty, I could have passed on eating it.
Tiger!Tiger! carries lots of craft beers – a little bit of this and that – and you’ll surely find something to your liking here. If you can swing by between 5PM and 8PM, they have select beers available for $3. On Sundays they do Beers & Brunch where they make house made coconut glazed donuts which I have decided I must come back to try. The place has lots of communal tables for seating and a bit of a hipster feel with a “leg lamp” (like the one found in a Christmas Story) and upside down bicycles in the main dining area. There’s a patio outside in the back which just feels like an extension of the inside, with the same look at feel and is mostly enclosed with lots of heat lamps to keep you warm in the winter. It’s a cool place to hang out, relax, try a few new things and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.
3025 El Cajon Blvd
North Park, Calif