There is a great irony in the concept of fast quality sushi, delivered on a conveyor belt, but only after waiting almost two hours.  Before diving into why I've been here four times, since they opened, let me first say, there are very very few things in life, worth waiting more than an hour for and I still don't believe that sushi is it. (Having dinner with Thor and the Avengers? Sure!)

BUT, if you happen to be in the Convoy area, and you have grocery shopping or errands to tend to, it's worth it to stop by, put your name on the list and come back later.  (late lunch on a Weds had less than a 15min wait. You can also put your name down, have a drink at the Shanghai Saloon next door, and order appetizers from Dumpling Inn. )

Why I've been back so often.

Most everything is $2.25 a plate, with a few larger items only a couple dollars more.  The food is actually quite good (they've been open for less than 3 weeks, so hopefully the quality maintains). The endless conveyor belt brings out a good variety of nigiri, sashimi, sushi rolls and other small bites.

There is a digital menu,  so if there is something you want but don't see, order it, and a second level conveyor belt will shoot it right to your table.

The customer service is really great.  They get that people have waited a long time to eat there, so they're incredibly nice, and take pride in providing a good experience.  If there are any issues with the food, they address it right away.

Kula has also managed to bring gamification to eating.  After you deposit your 5th plate into the cleaning tunnel, you'll see an animation on your screen where a character has a battle in Japan and pleads "help me defeat the enemy with more plates."  After 15, you get a prize and the character goes to another city to defeat another boss. We ate 30 hoping for another adventure, but it resets after the second city.

Regardless though, a prize for eating more? Yes please :)

Here are my favorite bites/highlights
 - UNI!!!! The sea urchin was quite fresh and delightful (they often run out though, I've only had it 1/4 times)
- The Tuna trio
- sesame balls (order this from the menu, instead of the conveyor belt, they taste better warm)
- The sunomono salad (lots of octopus pieces)
- Umami oil salmon nigiri
- Sweet shrimp nigiri (amaebi)
- they use real crab!

Here are some more #protips before you go. :D
- wait time during lunch hours are substantially less
- The wait time per page 1, seems to be about 50min - 1.15 hours (at night it's a little more)
- The shaved ice place next door (iceskimo) is REALLY good
- it's easier to find nearby street parking, the parking lot gets really congested.

"And a beautiful world we live in, when it is possible, and when many other such things are possible, and not only possible, but done...under that sky there, every day."

There are very few meals in life that inspire an array of reflections from “ a Tale of Two Cities” but like the vision of an awing sunrise, a bite of good food with friends can stop time and make you think, damn life is good and we’re really lucky to be here.

I attended a special night of Seafood, provided by Catalina Offshore products, at Solare in Liberty Station. I knew that the evening would entail a wonderful array of good eats, but I didn’t realize how good it would be.

Chef Accursio Lota transformed the familiar into an onset of exciting and delightful new tastes and experiences.

Between each dish were insights from the chef on the ingredients and preparation, his inspirations and from Tommy (Catalina OP), information about certain species, their production and how they’re harvested.

After each tasting, I would stare at the empty plate, in a bittersweet contemplative state, amazed by what was possibly the best seafood I had ever had, and sad that I had already eaten it all.

So as the story usually goes with great food encounters, toasts were made, great conversations were had, and the air was filled with many laughs.

The biggest thank you to Solare for putting together such a great event, Tommy and the Catalina team for being the awesome good guys in seafood and Chef Ken and Rebecca G. for the invite. 

Highlight Noms:
(everything was incredible, but these were the details that made me ask “is this real life?”) 

- The squid ink that went with the yellowtail sashimi. (True story, I licked the plate)
- The tuna carpaccio and balsamic vinegar pearls.
-  The saffron gelee on top of the ravioli.
- The opah with the date tomato confit.
- The lemon mousse and every flavorful detail on that plate. ( I will dream about this dessert)

Sometimes you're all about that life, and by that life, I'm talking about the feel like a rock star food one!

While that doesn't include having stacks of cash to make it rain or leather pants, it could include 3 dozen Oysters, octopus so tender that you want to cuddle with it, and one of the best Manhattans in San Diego.

Monday to Friday 3-6pm, Ironside really is the best side, with their $1 oysters (that don't suck and are really fresh).

The people are incredibly cool, they're open to answer any questions about the food, where it's sourced from, how it's prepared and if you sit at the bar you can have conversations about bourbons and scotch with the magic drink makers!

The eclectic nautical decor really makes this place unlike anywhere else in SD. I've been meaning to post about this place since it opened, but every time we go, I always forget the camera, or eat every thing before we have a chance to snap a photo.

The best part is in the hall of bathrooms, a glowing reminder above that "Shit Happens." So when it does.. grab some friends, have some oysters and have a drink!

Cheers Ironside, thanks for the frequent good times and good oysters!

"I do like green eggs and ham. I do like them, Chow-I-Am!

There are very few places where you can satisfy storybook cravings and the adult "inner fat kid" joys. 

Under normal season circumstances, I would mention football being part of the Sunday allure, but sometimes an epic Bloody Mary, a gooey cinnamon bun and pork belly, over fluffy toast with eggs and green goo, are just as special. If not.. more special.

 During the visit of two special Canadians, I felt like I was on a constant "last meal on earth" binge and it was incredible.

I know, Searsucker is a popular place, but on Sundays, this place is THE place.  Don't get a table, find a spot next to the music (sometimes live singer, sometimes DJ), or on the couches.  Order a Bloody Mary (spicy, and best I've ever had), and make sure you're there early enough to get a cinnamon bun, and the rest is just gravy.

 Some Sundays I'm engulfed in conversational whirlwind of hilarity and nostalgia, other days.... I lay back sing to the tunes and smile welcoming Monday, while stuffing my face with a cinnamon bun of course.

"Try them, try them, and you may! Try them and you may, I say.” (did I mention, Bloody Mary and cinnamon bun).