I love finding new locations. Rather, I love hearing about new places. I came in to Spice and Soul with a friend for a business lunch before the Christmas Holiday. Of course lunch turned into a quick q&a with Chef Ryan Madson.
Spice & Soul is literally off Morena Blvd in Bay Ho (clearly off the beaten path). Not bad for being officially open for three weeks. I love the rustic ambiance. The decor is was warm, despite the wood. Okay, I like wood a lot. I mean, look at that (below). Also, there is a patio outside to soak up vitamin D during lunch time.
A personable chef, beers on tap, smoked meats and sauces created from scratch. What more can a Foodie ask for?
Fresh bread is from a local bakery in Chula Vista (I forgot the name). I did do some wine tasting. I had a fabulous glass of pinot that was recommended by our server, but again, I forgot the name of it (WHY????). Maybe I had two. I recall tasting a chardonnay, but what I should have done was take a photo of the wine list. That chardonnay was smooth!!
I ordered the smoked brisket sandwich with a cup of broccoli and cheddar soup. Chef Ryan was so kind to send out a plate of their salt and pepper wings with four sauces. Of course, I add the habenero sauce and he saw my reaction! Back to the smoked brisket. Chef says he uses the Coffee and Ancho rub on the brisket and lets it sit for 4 hours then braise for 6 hours. The meat was so tender and oh my gracious.! When you bite into the sandwhich with the sweet and tangy bbq sauce generously poured over it, it is so much more amazing. You can taste the smokey notes, the sweetness of the bbq with the brisket. I paired the smoked brisket sandwich with Brown Sugga Ale from Lagunitas brewery. Perfect pairing. Great beer on tap. Another fan favorite, Xocoveza Mocha Stout from Stone Brewing Company. I dunno, but I just might try it next time. Spice & Soul serves 20 craft beers on tap.
The sauces that came with our salt and pepper wings are: soy ginger, sweet and tangy BBQ, smoked harissa aoili and a mild habenero sauce. I did try the habenero sauce. Habenero sauce is habenero peppers with fish sauce, vinegar and honey for sweetness. Oh, yea! That habenero is caliente!! For reals. You only need a little dab. I am so serious right now.
Simple Greens salad with salmon was amazing. The salmon was grilled to perfection and just full of flavor.
Chef Ryan was kind to send out one of their desserts, Ice Cream Sandwich. The ice cream, house made and so delicious. Not too sweet and perfect with the home made chocolate chip cookies. I think I ate that whole sandwich. Okay, I think my colleague had a bite.
Stop in for lunch or dinner. There is cocktail time and apparently the dinner menu is full of yum, like the Mac N Cheese. Oh, and Chef Ryan says to try the Drunken Shellfish and the Fisherman's Stew. It's not on the menu, but I imagine it will be soon!!! I want to try the Hot Mess Potatoes!!!
I felt like such a fat kid when I waked out of there, but I can say that my father in law would love it! So much for half marathon training!