Last Saturday my boyfriend and I visited Pillbox Tavern. Located steps away from “Pillbox,” / Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach, Pillbox Tavern is a new restaurant addition to the area, offering a nice casual hangout.
We ventured here after my 20 mile run, so I had gathered up quite an appetite. To start, we shared an order of wings, split between Shelly’s BBQ (mild) – Chef Shelly’s housemade sweet BBQ, and Sweet Flame – Sriracha meets honey mustard. All of the sauces (over 10 available) are made in-house and are so flavorful, providing a nice coat of sweet or spicy — your choice! One of the partners of Pillbox Tavern also owns Dirty Birds in PB–known for their wings–making it one thing you shouldn’t miss if you visit. We paired this appetizer with The Burro cocktail, which was basically a moscow mule but made with tequila.
Pillbox Tavern also has a wide variety of local craft beers on draft. With our entrees we went with my favorite, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA.
For our entrees we split the Pulled Pork Sandwich — a slow roasted pulled pork tossed in Pillbox’s house BBQ sauce and topped with coleslaw and onion strings. We loved this dish, which was another showcase of the sauces at Pillbox Tavern.
We also split the Mahi Sandwich — honey-chili rubbed Mahi filet seared served with mango slaw on a multi-grain bun. While this sandwich was good, we both agreed that anything with a sauce was a winner of the day.
Pillbox Tavern has a nice, open-air atmosphere, with a patio that sits right into the Plaza and the heart of Solana Beach. This spot is perfect to hit up after the beach, or for us, lazy weekend afternoons.
117 W Plaza Street
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Thanks to Pillbox Tavern for hosting us!