West Coast Smoke & Tap House in La Mesa – Everything East County

West Coast Smoke & Tap House in La Mesa – Everything East County

October 7, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


(relaxing music) We are going to do a creation
that Umberto put together, West Coast Smoke & Tap House Reuben, baby. And you’re going to
murder this this thing. It’s going to be awesome, dude. I can’t wait. Where can you get some
of the best smoked meats and pair it with the
best beer in San Diego? We’re at West Coast Smoke & Tap House. Let’s get to it. Tyson, what’s up, my friends. How you doin’, my man? I am good. Thank you so much. Welcome, welcome. Yeah, good to have you, brother. So, we’re here at West Coast. Let’s have a sip first, right? Let’s do this, yeah? We’re starting this off with a beer. Yeah, dude. So, beer is an important part
of what you guys do here, but tell me about what’s
someone going to find when they come in here? [Tyson] Oh, man, one of
the most beautiful things about West Coast is the
community, the family feel, how good it feels when you come in here, how welcome, which is
pretty much what Larry Koger and Tom Nickel, when they first took
this over, really wanted. And it’s a smoke and tap house. So, tell me about the smoke, and tell me about the tap house. For sure. It went through a little transition or going through a little transition here from what was known as
West Coast Barbecue & Brew. We have a giant smoker, so
we make lots of things happen out of there, but we wanted to also allow people to think
that they can come in and have great sandwiches,
great burgers, great salads, something outside of the
smoked menu, as well. His soups are incredible. He just won first place in
a chili cookoff recently. [Kyle] Yeah, at the VFW, baby. [Tyson] Super huge. And then you come in, and
this is your specialty here. Why is it so important to
have a good beer with a meal? Well, we’re in San Diego, and San Diego is known worldwide for its beer brewing abilities. We found and has been
known for hundreds of years is that beer and food
go fantastic together. But there’s something for everyone, and the tap list is constantly rotating. Kristina, my wife, puts
together the tap list. She’s got an incredible palate, and there’s a really fun
camaraderie and partnership between the local breweries,
as well as breweries throughout the country
and internationally. So, we keep rolling the tap list over, keep playing, put together some
great features for breweries and have a lot of fun in
pairing food with that, as well. I love it. I got to eat some food, man. Let’s go back in the kitchen. Let’s go take a look, dude. All right, dude, what
are we cookin’ today? So, we are going to do a creation that Umberto put together
called the West Coast Reuben. Umberto takes the corned beef, and we give that a beer braise, about 3-1/2 hours make it nice and tender, and then we let that thing chill out and think about what it’s done, a timeout in the cooler for a day. And then we slice it up. It’s in that braising period, it’s taken on some of the beer flavor. It has tenderized beautifully to the point where it’s
just juicy and delicious and waiting for you to eat it. [Kyle] I love it. But what he does is takes
that chilled corned beef, give that a nice, thick slice, and then he starts
hitting that on the grill and giving it some nice caramelization, some nice Maillard, a
nice, deep, deep flavor, bringing out some sweetness from the beer, from the meat itself and
gets it just delicious and tasting good. Then he’s chopping up some homemade pickled Brussels sprouts. Instead of sauerkraut,
we throw Brussels sprouts into the game here. Thank you. What kind of bread are we
going with on this thing? So, we went with a
marbled rye on this thing. I think rye, Reubens,
pretty quintessential. You get a little caraway seed in there to add that little extra
flavor and goodness. We get that from the Cali Baking Company down in Chula Vista. So, four days a week, we
get bread brought in here. We go through it. It stays fresh. It stays thoughtful and
pleasant and delicious. All right, and what are
we doing for cheese? [Tyson] We’re going Swiss on that bad boy. [Kyle] All right, what’s the
sauce we throw on top there? We actually take some
of our spicy pickles, and we make a thousand island of sorts, West Coast Thousand let’s call it. (bright uptempo music) All right, you guys. We’re going with a Pliny the
Elder from Russian River, double IPA, big hop pop
but balanced, as well. It’s not going to hit you
with a ton of bitterness. It’s going to have some
nuances of earthy, floral, little bit citrus and some
nice, firm hop character but not blasting you
with bitterness, right? So the point in putting
these two things together is we have an unctuous braised corned beef that we’ve put together in this Reuben. It’s going to kind of coat your
palate with lots of flavor, lots of little bits of fatty
goodness and tasty bits, and that’s going to taste delicious, but what you need to get
ready for your next bite is a little break, and
IPAs are a great way to take that little break. You’re going to take a
little sip after your bite. I suggest actually taking a sip first. Get your palate ready
’cause beer is an aperitif. It gets you rockin’ and rollin’. Going to take that bite, and then
you’re going to have another sip and wash that down after you’ve swallowed. Beautiful. That first bite, it’s
going to be delicious. I hope you enjoy it, man. Let’s do it. Tear it up. All right, guys, I’m going
to listen to Tyson here. I’m going to have a little bit of beer, I’m going to have some
food, have a little beer, and then I’m going to share my experience about the unctuousness of this dish. (energetic music) That meat is so freaking
tender and so full of flavor and then with the beer to contrast that, that’s freaking delicious, guys. If you guys are looking
for an awesome place to come get some smoked meats, some just good dishes
and you want somebody who can pair anything and want
an amazing beer selection, you guys need to come check it out, West Coast Smoke & Tap House. They’re in the corner right at the San Carlos-La Mesa border. These guys are amazing here. Come check ’em out. If you guys enjoyed the
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tuning in to this episode of “Everything East County”. (energetic music)