Head down (or up) 163 to Clairemont Mesa Blvdand go west young man go west. Just a couple of blocks from the freeway you’ll be at 8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd and there, on the south side, you’ll find The Bull Pen Bar & Grill (http://www.bullpenbar.com/). It’s a very unassuming store front with a big green neon street sign in front signaling their presence.
‘For your viewing pleasure, the Bullpen Bar and Grill has over 45+ flat screen televisions and an HD projection screen. We carry the most requested sports packages from DirecTv and Time Warner Cable.
‘We have a Smoking Patio, Bar Area, Dining and Games room. For large groups, the Games room will be converted into a party room to fit your needs.
Come in and enjoy yourself.’
Inside you’ll find a decent interior. It would almost appear to be a cut above your typical sports bar. I find myself wondering if this place is connected; the feeling is like that place down inMissionValleyback in the day… the one that was a mob hangout. I see no mobsters hanging out and in fact even though it’s not a big sports day I hoped for a bigger crowd at noon on a weekday because it would signal good food. The room is not even half full. ‘At least we’ll have good service with such a small crowd,’ one would think, right?
After a huge gap in seating time till iced tea time, I took in the menu with all the dead time. It’s a big menu for sure. Again, I’m just not used to the higher prices of our modern era. ‘On my wallet, I’ll have trouble paying for the appetizers.’ I ordered a mushroom bacon burger (because it was one of the cheapest priced items and I do like a good burger). Nancyhad a little trouble finding anything she would like that was under $10.00 but settled for fish tacos (2 @ $9.25). She forgot to request a flour tortilla and wasn’t impressed with the fish, or the other items that came with it.