**Photos courtesy of MC.
For SK’s birthday celebration, I searched for a place that had nice atmosphere and good drinks. There were a lot of options, but we finally decided on Starlite, a bar/restaurant on India St. in Mission Hills.
It had a pretty nice atmosphere – most of the indoor seating were either around the (rather large) bar or small tables, and there was also a covered patio in the back, where we had our table for 9. On the website, reservations for parties larger than 6 had to be made directly through the manager, and I was glad that they could accommodate us.
Happy Hour is everyday from 5pm-7pm (4pm-7pm on Fridays). We arrived just a few minutes before 7 and quickly got in our drink orders. They have quite a selection of beer and wine, but I was more interested in the speciality cocktails, which are normally $9 each but are only $8 during HH.
(FYI, I did not order all of these… my drink was the first one, coincidentally a lovely shade of pink*.)
*I do not choose my drinks based on whether they are pink.
**Okay, maybe I do.
My favorite, however, was not the pink margarita but the Starlite Mule. My friend told me that she ordered it because it was apparently featured prominently on the website… I guess for good reason, because that was a pretty delicious and smooth drink.
We ordered several appetizers for the table, pretty much all the fried items on the menu.
I was not a huge fan of the mixed fry breading (not fluffy enough for me), but the French fries were awesome. Most of them were really crispy, which is obviously the best kind of fry.
We also ordered the Octopus fritters, from the HH menu ($5), but we forgot to take a photo. They weren’t too impressionable.
Onto our entrees…
The salads: very light and refreshing (particularly the arugula), pretty solid stuff. I love eggs and anchovy in salad.
The burger was kind of generic and not that great, according to SK. It was too much of the taste and feeling of grease (and yes, I know you’re thinking, that’s what a burger is all about! Not in excess, my friend, not in excess).
The two Jidori chicken dishes were actually pretty much the same piece of chicken, served with different stuff. These two dishes were actually really good – the chicken was crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. I preferred the “Pan-roasted” version of the dish, with the arugula salad accompaniment, but the mushroom and herbs were also really good in the “Stuffed” version. Side note: I actually didn’t know what Jidori chicken was until I looked it up: they’re basically a “brand” of free-range chickens.
The bottom line? We had a lot of fun at the dinner and appreciated the atmosphere, but I think the food and drinks were just okay, especially for the high prices. S says that there are many other places in San Diego with similar atmosphere and much better food/ prices, so I’ll be checking those out next time.
Have you ever been to Starlite? What did you like about your experience? I would love to hear your thoughts!
3175 India St, San Diego, CA
Mon-Thu, Sat 5pm-2am
Sun 10:30am-2pm, 5pm-2am