Draft Republic, part of the Cohn Restaurant Group, recently opened in La Jolla Strip Club’s former location, in the Costa Verde plaza in UTC. It looked quite nice and swanky, and they were running a special for Super Bowl Sunday, so S and I went to catch the big game there!
The Super Bowl special consisted of the Draft Republic burger with parmesan fries, a shot of Benchmark bourbon, and a Bud Light tall boy for $15 – quite a good deal!
I ordered the special, and S and A ordered some a la carte menu items and we all shared everything. The restaurant actually ran out of the Benchmark bourbon and gave us another bourbon – I can’t quite remember what it was, but I gave most of it to A – I just wanted the Bud Light that day, haha. I know, I know.Since we were there around 2pm, during Happy Hour, we decided to try the “bacon sticks” – I’ve seen these on Kirbie and CC’s blogs, and they looked so good. Instead of thinly-sliced bacon like you might imagine from the name, these were actually slabs of pork belly. They were tender, and I loved the maple bourbon glaze. The accompanying apple chips weren’t too special – they were quite tart, probably to offset the sweet glaze on the pork belly. But that pork belly itself is good enough that I’d order this every time. We saw this being ordered by almost every table around us, so of course we also had to join in.
I forgot to ask what sausages these were, unfortunately, but we enjoyed all three of them. I particularly liked the light-colored one served with potato salad. The sausages were flavorful, but not overly salty. The sides were quite light in flavor – almost too light, haha. My favorite of the sides was the potato salad.