I recently discovered the Royale has reopened! Royale used to be called Royale with Cheese and was located inside of the Parks & Rec bar in University Heights. We went back in 2016 for Burger Week! It was hard for us to visit Royale more often back then since they were inside a 21+ bar and we usually had underage T with us. They closed for awhile to remodel and eventually moved to get their own location. Jake and I were excited to discover they are back!
Royale is in a new spot over in the Ocean Beach/Point Loma area. It’s kind of on the verge of both neighborhoods.
There’s plenty of seating in here which I liked since the last location had little to no seating. I like having a place to park my butt. This is towards the front.
Where there is a really cool mural on the wall.
Walk towards the inside a little and you’ll find the bar. There’s more seating in the back.
Also a cool juke box.
This painting is above the jukebox. Jake didn’t get the reference at first. It’s not as fun when I have to explain things!
The menu is pretty simple here. I heard they have brunch now though so OBVIOUSLY I have to come back for a revisit for brunch.
I was waffling a little on what I wanted to get but luckily I ended up deciding on the Fried Chicken Sandwich [$11]. I was a little worried about the jicama cilantro slaw on top since I’m not a big fan of slaw in general, but it was perfect on top of this sandwich.
When the sandwich was brought out, our waiter/the co-owner commented that this was probably one of the biggest fried chicken sandwiches he’s seen. Just the luck of the draw, I guess. This thing was MASSIVE.
I only managed to eat about half of it. The chicken itself was perfectly cooked – juicy, crispy, flavorful, wonderful, a chicken sandwich made of dreams and wishes. The jicama slaw was also delightful – it paired so nicely with the chicken giving it a balance of flavor to combat the richness of the fried chicken. YUM.
Jake ordered the classic Royale with Cheese [$11] and since it was his and not mine he got evil pickles on it. I had a pickle-less bite that I enjoyed though – juicy juicy, meaty meaty! And that lovely melted cheese – swoon!
Jake and I also shared a basket of Tater Tots [$5]. You can add fries or tots to your meal for $3, but I didn’t want to eat a ton of tots and figured a basket to share was a better deal for us. The tater tots were fresh and crispy – just the way I like them.
All in all we had a lovely visit to Royale. The service was awesome, the location is good (though I wish they had a parking lot – we just parked on the street nearby), and the food is excellent. Give them a shot if you’re looking for a simple and tasty meal.
4204 Voltaire Street
San Diego, CA 92107