695 6th Ave
San Diego, CA | MAP
WHAT TO EAT: Short Rib panuozzo
EATER TIP: Research pics on Yelp to get an idea of portion size
Before San Diego's record downpour on Sunday, I managed to sit down at Double Standard to celebrate Denise's birthday brunch. Joining a group of about 15 friends, we had the restaurant to ourselves for most of our stay due to the torrential rain flooding the downtown streets.
The first thing you notice is the bold character in the decor: random knick knacks & books are splayed across shelves with a colorful mix of repurposed furniture indoors and out. This place is charming and fun for the eyeballs.
My first bite was of the House Cut Truffle Parmesan Fries which tasted like regular ol' fries absent of any special toppings (sorry salt, you're not special in this case). What saved the next bite of fries were the dipping sauces of black garlic aioli (loved it) and house secret sauce.
The other side dish I had was the Crispy Cauliflower and I was quite pleased. I've tried other good cauliflower dishes but this has to be one of my favorites. I was worried that the apple cider glaze would be overpowering but it balanced well with the sporadic bites of sultana raisins.
I was excited to try the Cacio e Pepe but was saddened upon hearing that it was unavailable. As a consolation, I ordered the Poutino for two specific reasons: 1) large portion size... 2) it has a fried egg, yo. As a whole the Poutino is filling even for a 2-stomach'd man like me. It consisted of a large handful of fries, a ladle spoon of globby cheesiness, and a sunny-side egg with crispy edges. Oh right the short rib, almost forgot – that's because there wasn't much of it at all (sad face).
If you want some legit chunks of short rib then you've gotta get the Short Rib Panuozzo (panuozzo is a fancy Italian word for pizza dough sandwich). Stacy ordered this beauté and kindly gave me a bite which was all I needed to fall in tastebud love (bow chika bow CHOMP).
Considering all things, I'd say my experience at Double Standard was fair. The ambiance, presentation, and food were nice but the portions and kitchen service could be improved. Appetizers came out noticeably staggered and for a stretch of 10 minutes all but one entrée was served (nobody likes mistimed plates!). There were pizza crusts with inedible burnt spots (not dark brown, but black) and an accommodation for a friend with peanut allergies was made complicated when it didn't need to be (booo).
I won't be rushing to go back to Double Standard, but if end up going it will be for their social hour or my 2nd dinner (you best be waiting for me, Cacio e Pepe).