Robin and I spent the Summer Solstice celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary a few days early at Outerlands.  With a prolonged stay at Kaiser on the horizon, we headed out to this tiny, hipster joint in a most unusual location, three blocks from Ocean Beach.  Known for its brunch and fixie-riding patrons, Outerlands has been getting attention for its dinners as well.

We were blown away by everything we eat.  A few things stand out:

One: portion size.  Each portion whether the slow roasted egg or the beef tenderloin provided enough that we were able to be wowed by the flavor, let the other try it, and go back for more.  There was not so much, though, that I ever did not want to eat more.  Each time a plate was taken away I had eaten more than enough but still wanted more.

Two: Beef that you don’t need a steak knife for.  Robin and I both ordered the beef tenderloin.  We both looked askance at the butter knife.  We both still talk about how good that steak was.  Perfect.

Three: Amazing vibe.  Small, warm, happening, not loud.  What a balance.  We were the last two to be seated when they open (no reservations and doors open at 6:00, we arrived at 6:30).  Our table was the closest to the bathroom, normally a bad thing.  We had a great time watching all the people coming and going.  They all looked SO COOL.  Until I looked in the mirror at home, I thought I too was cool.

Thanks, Outerlands for a great anniversary dinner.  We will be back (with a baby!)

(Image from Outerlandssf.com)


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