Monday, November 22, 2010

The Tractor Room (San Diego – Hillcrest)


This is as good a meal as you are ever gonna have.  It's just good down-home cooking!

The portions are massive!  It's kind of a shame too because I like to try a variety of things when I go to a new restaurant.  Sadly, the entrees here didn't permit me to do that.  But first, the libations;

We went for brunch on Sunday around noon.  There was no wait but the restaurant was practically full.  We tried 3 "morning cocktails."  We had the Watermelon Basil Daquiri, Grapefruit Martini and the Cesar Bloody Mary.  Each drink was awesome.  My favorite - the Grapefruit Martini.  It was featured in a San Diego Publication (but I do not recall which one). This drink was the perfect morning drink.  I highly recommend it.  - 5 stars

The food was on par with the drinks.  Again, the portions are humongous!  In terms of quantity, you are definitely getting what you pay for.  Some restaurants will serve you a heaping pile of food for 10 bucks but it'll taste like crap (http://thegoldenspiral...).  Other establishments serve "EXPLOSION OF FLAVORS," compressed into a single droplet and served in a grapefruit spoon ( and charge you a bundle for it.  Thanks! Please come again!  You'll have none of that baloney here.

You arrive hungry to the Tractor Room and you'll leave full and smiling.  I ordered the Prime Burger.  The patty was juicy but lacked a little salt n pepper.  The bun was lightly toasted, buttery and delicious.  I also sampled the Roasted Chicken Hash served with Cornbread.  I enjoyed the cornbread and I appreciated the fact that they prepared it with actual kernels of corn in the batter.  The Chicken Hash was served with 2 eggs over-easy, 3 thick spears of tender asparagus, strawberries and a wedge of watermelon.  Prices vs Quantity and Quality = 5 stars.

Will I return?  You betcha!  And if it's true what they say about your sister (Hash House A Go Go) and she's anything like you, I'll be paying her a visit soon too! 

Antler Chandelier.

An example of the Taxidermy present throughout the restaurant. 

Watermelon Basil Daquiri (left) & Grapefruit Martini (right).

Roasted Chicken Hash – Crispy Potatoes, Fresh Onions, Garlic, Fresh Asparagus, House Roasted Chicken, 2 Over Easy Eggs, Strawberries, Watermelon Wedge and…    

…Cornbread.  All served in Cast Iron Pans.

Prime Burger – Smoked Mozzarella Cheese, Hardwood Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Red Onion served on a Fresh Bun with Cross-Cut Fries. 

Cesar Mary – Sky Vodka, Clamato, Gren Pepper Tobasco, Green Olives, Romaine Lettuce Spear, Anchovies & Fresh Horseradish.


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