Truluck’s – San Diego, CA
Sometimes after a night of unexpected flight delays, rental car snafus, and hotel comps due to short staff headaches, the fraction of energy you have left at that point is devoted to heading to the first place one of your friends mention. As luck may have it, San Diego doesn’t have a shortage of good restaurants, and therefore if a place is recommended by one of your well traveled friends, ditch the Locals/Yelp app (for once) and just go.
I’ll just say that never in a million years would I expect a bar of this caliber to offer such a low priced happy hour. Then again if there are secret hh gems like The Palm and Morton’s that only the frequent travelers and hh connoisseurs know about, then I guess it makes all things possible. Lucky for me, I caught Truluck’s happy hour by a hair and was able to get their featured Sauvignon Blanc for $6. With a smooth vibe and piano bar’s theme, it made for a perfect date spot even. Its ambience was definitely appropriate, and therefore was able to salvage my mood to a certain degree. It also meant sipping on anything outside of the white wine family simply was not an option.
Truluck’s in University Center would’ve easily qualified for Happy Hour Obsession of The Week if it weren’t for the fact that I completely bypassed the hh menu and went straight to the regular menu. It was for no reason in particular other than me simply having the urge to delve into the dinner menu offerings. The light fare menu had a very generous selection of goodies but I went with the crab cake from the massive sized menu. The one that always takes up the most space at the bar, causing everyone near you to start rearranging their place setting. It was simply delicious, and was what you would expect of fresh catch SoCal seafood dining.
After another glass and a then expanded appetite, I decided on the Swordfish Pontchartrain for a main entree. Smothered with crawfish tails, shrimp and blue crab in a spicy piquant Creole sauce, it was a flawless execution of this cajun style fish. If it weren’t so busy at the bar I would’ve definitely summoned the bartender for a piece of bread to slam dunk into its amazing sauce.
With the classy yet not stuffy ambience, beautiful decor, gorgeous bar, expectedly sharp bar staff, great food, and surprisingly economical happy hour, I’d say Truluck’s serves as a great choice for anyone. My experience allowed me to forget about all my traveling woes and focus on the things that really matter in life. ..Great food in beautiful towns.