This week we headed to a classic San Diego spot to see if the fresh craft cocktails and healthy menu options could live up to the insanely gorgeous views. Sitting on the outdoor deck seemingly floating above the ocean, we savored the chef’s fresh favorites while watching the sunset above the water.
Coming up on its 45th anniversary, Tom Ham’s Lighthouse has a rich history as one of San Diego’s best-known landmarks, and is actually a functioning lighthouse with gorgeous views of the San Diego Bay, Coronado Bridge and San Diego skyline.
After undergoing a full remodel and menu makeover last year spearheaded by Executive Chef Lance Repp, the family owned establishment managed to capture a vibe that is both special and romantic (without being stuffy), while offering a modern menu with food almost as gorgeous as the view.
With such a tempting menu, great specials and a truly unbeatable view, it’s the perfect spot to unwind for a healthier happy hour. If you’re only visiting San Diego you won’t want to miss out, and if you’re a local come here to remind yourself why you love San Diego so much!
Captain Idiot – Mongo IPA, Tanqueray, Aperol, honey ginger syrup. This vibrant drink starts out subtly sweet before the IPA’s hoppiness hits, then finishes smooth. London’s favorite!
Tiny Bubbles – LaMarca Prosecco, Ballast Point Old Grove Gin, Crème de violet. This drink was effervescent, light, and floral with a hint of lemon—a delicate cocktail that perfectly complimented the oysters.
Strawberry Shrub – House made strawberry Shrub, Sauza Hornitos Tequila, Cointreau, salted rim. Vinegary shrub gave the cocktail a “bracing note of fruity tartness”. Add in tequila and it was quite a kicker!
Bayside Sangria – Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel, Cointreau, brandy, fresh fruit. This sangria was the best we’ve ever had. It was unique with the use of pineapple juice and stone fruit, super refreshing, and not too “unctuous” like other red sangrias.
Iced Shellfish Platter –
We started the night each with one Kumai oyster from Baja CA Sur. During Happy Hour, a daily selection of oysters is available for only $1 per shell!
Chili Lime Duck Drummies – with spicy apple slaw. The duck was moist and glazed in a sauce you could put on anything. Seriously. Served atop a bed of crisp and well-seasoned apple slaw.
Crudo – Raw seasonal fish (albacore), citrus, California olive oil, sea salt. Spicy, but the orange and grapefruit really balanced it out well. Light and fresh!
Mussels – deglazed in stout with cherry tomato, chorizo, pecorino, Dijon cream. A different take on traditional mussels! Instead of being served in a garlic and white wine sauce, these mussels were served in a hearty, home-brewed stout and Dijon mustard mix. It was warm and comforting, without weighing you down.
Grilled Spanish Octopus – Confit Tomato, Arugula, House Cured Olives. The thick, meatiness of the octopus contrasted well with the pickled flavor from the capers. A fun texture and delicious bite.
Heirloom Spinach and Stone Fruit Salad – St. Agure blue cheese, pistachios, shaved fennel, figs, green onion honey dressing. Earthy in the best way possible. The crumbly blue cheese, fennel and figs provide a variety of textures, and with the gorgeous jewel tones this salad really felt “foraged”.
Dulcey Blondie “Sundae” –Hazelnut Beer Fudge, Caramelia Crunch Bar, White Chocolate Gelato, Strawberries. We were originally intrigued by the “beer fudge” so couldn’t resist ordering this dish…and it did not disappoint! (And I basically can’t pass up any dessert that’s both hot and cold- especially if it involves ice cream of some sort!).
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
2150 Harbor Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
Don’t miss the: beautiful city-views, unique craft cocktails and fun small bites and appetizers.
Take-away tip: check out the iced shellfish platter offering for the freshest seafood options!
A big thank you to Tom Ham’s Lighthouse for hosting this week’s Happy Hour Made Healthy!