Blind Lady Ale House (Normal Heights)
July 14, 2013
Blind Lady Ale House! I’ve been meaning to review this for a while but just never got around to it…until now! Michael and I used to go here for lunch when we worked close by and it was never a problem getting a table fast. It gets pretty busy at night so be warned. As you can see from the wall of beer, they have quite a collection. It’s fun seeing how many you’ve seen or tasted before! I got in a trance for a while staring at it.
The menu is straightforward and makes it easy for indecisiveness. On this day we went with the Belgian Frites with three dipping sauces, a Caesar Salad, and the Egg & Bacon pizza.
The Caesar Salad had everything I enjoy in a Caesar. Not overly dressed, no soggy croutons to get in the way, thinly shaved parmesan, and a little bit of sardine on the side for those that like it. This was going to be a good day.
Michael knows my love of fries and once told me a story about a place that served a mighty fine, potatoey, fat fry version that would knock my socks off. It was on this day that all my fat fry fantasies would come true and I’d reach my happy potato place. We added truffle oil and the Parmesan but honestly it may not be needed. The fries themselves are so amazingly good that I had to take a minute to realize what I was getting myself into here. After contemplating life, eating a fry, then further examining the existence of potatoes I decided: Blind Lady Ale House did what very few places do. They serve as close to a perfect french fry as I could possibly imagine, even in my deepest, darkest fantasies. The dipping sauces consisted of a homemade ketchup, and I believe a horseradish, and a mustard (maybe curry). Having a soft inside and a delicate crispiness on the outside, I was transported to a land of potato bliss. If you like fries, stop what you’re doing and go here.
To end our meal we feasted on the Egg & Bacon pizza. Haha! Just thinking about this makes me smile. Who puts swiss chard on pizza? I’ll go one step further, who puts swiss chard on pizza and makes it taste good? BLAH does! The bacon, egg, romano, fontina, and caramelized onions certainly don’t hurt the cause. Folks, I think we found a one, two, three knockout winning combo here in the salad, fries, and pizza. Me thinks a trip to BLAH is long overdue!
Blind Lady Ale House
3416 Adams Ave.
San Diego, CA 92116
[SD Normal Heights] More pizza at Blind Lady Ale House
About a week after my visit to URBN, I went to Blind Lady Ale House with some of my labmates. Like URBN, it features beer and pizzas. Since I don’t drink beer, my post will be about the food – but my beer-savvy labmates praised the alcoholic offerings all evening, in case you were wondering.
Blind Lady Ale House
CMPP’s “Lil’ bowl of organic olives”:
Bowl of organic olives, $4
Delicious. I love olives.
We split 4 pizzas among six people, which ended up being just about the right amount.
I liked this margherita much better than the one at URBN – not as tart, yet still full of tomato-y goodness.
Egg & bacon (egg, house-made bacon, swiss chard, caramelized onion, pecorino romano, fontina, tomato sauce, truffle oil), $13
Egg on a pizza! This was my favorite of the night. Aside from the fact that it has en egg (which should win you over, already), I love every topping on this pizza. Swiss chard + bacon is probably one of my favorite combos ever; add some truffle oil and it’s perfection. Oh, and did I mention the egg already? Eggs pretty much make anything better.
Balistreri salami (local salami, local white onions, pecorino romano, marjorum, roasted pistachios, basil), $16.50
Another very creative pie. I liked everything except for the pistachios – don’t get me wrong, I love pistachios – but something about them in the midst of everything else felt a bit overdone.
House chorizo (house-made chorizo, poblano chile, fontina, epazote, tomato sauce, contija cheese), $14
The chorizo pizza was probably my second fave, probably because it was spicy. It is also very messy to eat, probably because the crust is too thin for so much oil and cheese, but I got over my compulsive-not-touching-food-with-bare-hands-disorder and scooped up all the chorizo and chiles that rolled off. Yep, it was good enough to make me do that.
I had a really fun evening here – it’s always nice when you have great food with great people! Blind Lady provides a wonderful atmosphere to grab some drinks and bites with friends, and I know I’d love to come back if opportunity arises.
Blind Lady Ale House revisit
I’ve raved about the pizzas at Blind Lady Ale House before already, but it’s been quite some time since my last visit. A couple of weeks ago, S and I attended a concert at Lestat’s West, and BLAH happens to be right down the street, so dinner choice was pretty much a no-brainer!
Their menu changes seasonally, and their taps are constantly revolving. While we were there, it just so happened to be Los Angeles Beer Week, and they had a special flight featuring some of LA’s microbreweries!
Los Angeles Beer Week Flight
That was the best picture of the flight description that I could get… Anyway, S and I shared this flight – I’m a fan of sour beers, and I really enjoyed the Craftsman Brewing Mesa Verde (last one on the list), which is an oak barrel-aged sour with white wine grapes. (S, conveniently, isn’t a fan of sour beers, so I got to have that one, hehe.) He liked the El Segundo – Hyperion Stout – but it’s hard to find a stout around here that he doesn’t like.
With a great drinks start, we proceeded to order food!
Belgian Frites: house-cut Kennebec potatoes, served with seasonal dipping sauce [$6]
You may have noticed that it’s always really hard for us to resist ordering fries… No exceptions here. Their fries are a thick-ish cut, fried to a nice golden crisp, and served with a trio of dipping sauces – house-made ketchup, a dijon-like sauce, and mayo. Not sure how those are considered “seasonal” – there may have been some added ingredients that we missed – but I didn’t care, the house-made ketchup is always good enough for me!
Egg & Bacon: egg, bacon, Swiss chard, caramelized onion, Pecorino Romano, Fontina, tomato sauce, truffle oil [$13]
The egg & bacon pizza is S’s absolute favorite and our must-order. The flavors are perfectly balanced – you get a little sweetness from the caramelized onions, saltiness from the bacon, tartness and
from the tomato sauce, and of course, that extra aroma from the truffle oil. I would not have thought to put all these things together on a pizza, but they did and it’s amazing.
Obligatory pizza crust photo
There’s not too much char on the crust. As you can see, it’s quite thin, but it held up well to all the ingredients – even the runny egg. (By the way, I should also mention that each pizza is about 14″. They only offer one size.)
Pesto: crimini mushrooms, olives, Parmigiano-Reggiano, arugula, pickled onions, mozzarella [$14]
We also decided to try the pesto pizza, which also turned out to be delicious. The bright pesto flavors really came through and surprisingly, paired quite well with the pickled onions – who would have thought? Its flavors were lighter than the egg & bacon, nice and refreshing.
Overall, I have nothing but good things to say about Blind Lady Ale House – it is listed as one of my SD Favorites. They have a great beer selection and make creative and delicious pizzas, and will continue to be one of our go-to spots in the Normal Heights area.
Blind Lady Ale House located at 3416 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA specializes in Pizza & Pub. Their dishes are always prepared fresh using only high quality ingredients.
Most reviewers comment on the large selection of ingredients to choose from and also the quality. Only fresh products are used. The portions have been noted as extremely large for the price of the meal.
The atmosphere has been noted as very authentic and incorporating a family feel into the restaurant. The noise level can be a little loud but this is to be expected in a crowded establishment.
The service has been reported as really good and and prompt. The staff have a very positive demeanor and go out of their way to provide high quality service.There is takeout service provided for those that do not want to eat in the restaurant.