A brand new pub known as Snipe Island Crafthouse quietly opened on Balboa Island in December. The house owners of Blue Beet, a stay music venue on the peninsula, took over the area as soon as occupied by Mr. G’s and fully reworked it. The brand new pub is informal but distinctly upmarket in contrast with the extra bohemian Blue Beet. They knocked out the outdated home windows dealing with the sidewalk and put in garage-style glass doorways which might be cranked vast open most days, creating an open and ethereal atmosphere that encourages interplay with foot site visitors on the busy fundamental drag.
The kitchen serves the identical (or comparable) burgers that they make on the music membership. The burgers are good however the frozen fries are wretched. You could find a much better burger and fries just a few doorways down at Royal Hen, however that gastropub doesn’t serve lunch and this place does.
Extra importantly, the factor to deal with right here is pizza. The dough is comfortable and skinny and completely charred (not burnt). It’s a crust that means the chef has lengthy dreamed of creating pizzas. One of the best of the bunch is likely to be the one with fennel sausage, a good knockoff of the pizza made famous by Mozza just down the road. In the meantime, the spicy salame model ought to fulfill most pepperoni cravings. Should you eat nothing however pizza right here, you actually can’t go improper.
The bar pours a handful of California craft beers — 4 Sons Brewing of Huntington Seashore, Gunwhale Ales from Costa Mesa, Belching Beaver Brewery from San Diego — and some excellent cut price wines, like a chardonnay from Russian River’s Laguna Vineyard and a pinot noir from Monterey’s Carmel Street.
There’s no stay music right here. It’s…