Meatball Lunch at Soda & Swine in Liberty Station

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Soda & Swine and I felt like it was time to drop in again.

Soda & Swine | San Diego, CA

This is their Liberty Station location. The original location is over on Adams Avenue.

Interior at Soda & Swine | San Diego, CA

This location is bigger than the original and I love the style of it. It’s got an indoor-outdoor vibe to me. And also one of the biggest foosball tables I’ve ever seen!

Interior at Soda & Swine | San Diego, CA

Interior at Soda & Swine | San Diego, CA

Outdoor Seating at Soda & Swine | San Diego, CA

We had Maya with us so we sat on the back patio. They let us walk through the restaurant with her to cut to the back patio.

Meatball Brunch Menu at Soda & Swine | San Diego, CA

On the weekends they have a “Meatball Brunch” menu. While some of these sounded quite good, we opted for a few other items. 

Menu at Soda & Swine | San Diego, CA

Soda & Swine’s meatball-y menu. I forgot to flip it over to show the “sides” menu. Oops.

Smoked Pork Meatball Slider at Soda & Swine | San Diego, CA

We tried a few sliders. For the sliders they have a few favorites or you can make your own creation. The slider comes with one meatball, sauce, and your choice of cheese for $3.69. This slider has a smoked pork meatball with chipotle bbq sauce and provolone cheese. I quite liked the smoked pork. It was juicy and flavorful but it was not my favorite of the bunch! I also really like the little buns they use for the bread. The bread holds up well to the sauce and meatballs.

Beef Meatball Slider at Soda & Swine | San Diego, CA

This one is The Bovine which has a beef meatball, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese. I thought the beef meatball would be my favorite but in comparison to the other meatballs it didn’t seem as flavorful. 

Chicken Meatball Slider at Soda & Swine | San Diego, CA

My favorite meatball was the from the slider I choose called The Hen. The Hen comes with a chicken meatball with a mushroom cream sauce and provolone cheese. The chicken meatball was the most flavorful and moist meatball of the bunch and I thought it paired perfectly with the creamy mushroom sauce. It kind of looks like a mess – but it was a delicious mess! I let Jake and T have a little bit of the chicken and they agreed the chicken meatball was the best one. But since this was covered in mushrooms I didn’t have to share very much of it. Muhahaha. 

Dirty Fries with Meatballs and Pork at Soda & Swine | San Diego, CA

The boys wanted to try this plate of Dirty Fries [$9.49] but we swapped the mushroom cream sauce for the chipotle bbq. There are meatballs crumbled on top and we choose one pork and one beef to go along with some pork belly, jalapenos, and Parmesan cheese. I really liked the french fries on this but the rest of it didn’t do much for me. The pork belly pieces I munched on were weirdly dried out and tasted overcooked. I wished there had been melted cheese instead of the Parmesan but I did enjoy the fries with the chipotle bbq sauce which had a nice sweetness to it.

Macaroni and Cheese at Soda & Swine | San Diego, CA

Jake added an order of Mac and Cheese [$4.29] and I adored the mini cast iron skillet that it came in!! When I took the first bite of this I didn’t think I liked it. It need some seasoning… some salt, please! But as I ate more of it, I really enjoyed how creamy it was. I love soupy-creamy mac and cheese and this one fit that bill but it still needed some salt! They use cheddar as the only cheese in this creamy dish.

Crispy Polenta at Soda & Swine | San Diego, CA

I added on the Crispy Polenta [$5.39] and was again tickled pink by the mini skillet. SO CUTE.

The crispy polenta has a spicy arrabbiata sauce on the bottom. Like… “dammmmn that’s kinda spicy” sauce. I actually found it a little too spicy for my liking and I was sad that the sauce started to make the polenta significantly less crispy. Booo. I also wished for more burrata on top – the amount was kind of like a cheese tease. The polenta itself was very firm and didn’t have a ton of flavor on it’s own. I loved the idea of this one more than the actual item, sadly. 

There were some definite hits here at Soda & Swine (chicken meatball! smoked pork meatball! slider bread! creamy mac & cheese!) but also some misses that could have elevated this to a supreme food experience. We’ll have to try out different sides in the future and definitely get more chicken meatballs! 

Soda & Swine
2750 Dewey Road #104
San Diego CA 92106

Author: Mary

Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 12+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

6 Replies to “Meatball Lunch at Soda & Swine in Liberty Station

  1. We were just at Liberty two days ago. We strolled around and didn’t see this restaurant. Is it closer to the Market or maybe be Trader Joes?

    I love meatballs and sliders. The Hen looks delicious. Glad to hear they’re dog friendly!

    1. It’s about a block away from the market. Do you know where Con Pane is? It’s on the same block, just one street over. The Hen was my favorite one!

  2. I’ve only been here once (with Kirbie), back when it opened. I remember looking at that foosball table and wondering if people actually played with it. I like the Hen meatball too! The chorizo not so much since the seasonings in it aren’t my fave.

    1. The hen meatball was my favorite! I thought the beef one would be my fave but I really liked the flavors in the hen. Love the decor in here, too.

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