Yesterday, I embarked on a brief fact-finding mission (basically I drove down J St from 16th to Alhambra) and spied two newish establishments. The first, The Garlic Shack, has taken over where the always inadequate Sugar Plum used to be on J and 19th. I’m assuming the menu will feature garlic fries, garlic chicken, and garlic cake. It will also, thankfully, be light on vampires and people looking for vampires, both of which fail to amuse.
The other joint that stood out to me, River Rock Tap House, apparently does not open until happy hour, soÂ I wasn’t able to sample their tap lineup at 2 in the afternoon. Basically a remodel of the Tex Mex establishment formerly there, it’sÂ on JÂ and 23rd/24th.Â From 2nd hand reports I’ve heard that they’re planning on 80 or so taps, but only about 40 are filled, featuringÂ a nice range of mid to upscale brews from all over the world .
If anyone has any first-hand experience with either joint, drop a note.