Mission Avenue Bar and Grill opened its doors right on the heels of the completion of the Mission Avenue Improvements Project just a few months ago.
The idea for the project started while owners Cameron and Marcus were working as bartenders together in Carlsbad. During their frequent after-shift talks, they realized that they had a lot in common and shared the same goals. They both wanted to do their own thing and decided to go for it as a team.
The growth in development, especially in the restaurant business, along with a love for the community drew them to Oceanside. They found the current location and started the buildout from scratch, using as many local contractors and manufacturers as possible.
The end result is Mission Avenue Bar and Grill. The space feels much larger than it is and, while the interior is industrial in design, it still manages to feel warm. Part of this is due to the roll-up garage-style front doors. You can sit at the bar or one of the many tables inside and still catch the ocean breeze as though you were on the outside patio.
The food at Mission Avenue Bar and Grill is classic bar food with a twist. Chef Adam Griffin has extensive experience with this style of food. He was formerly the Chef at The La Jolla Brew House and the Compass in Carlsbad and was responsible for creating both of those menus.
Seemingly everyday menu items are elevated by technique and great ingredients. Take the Caribbean Jerk wings for example. They are rubbed in a house-made jerk spice blend, then baked before being fried to order. This is also the case for the burgers, which come in a number of varieties and styles including bison, lamb, Cubano, and ahi tuna all are prepared with high quality meats and fresh local ingredients.
Unlike a lot of restaurants that serve brunch only on Sunday, Mainstreet Avenue Bar and Grill offers brunch from 9 till noon on Saturday as well. It features classics like blueberry pancakes and French toast but adds a twist with items like Bloody Mary Shrimp and Grits and Fried Shrimp with Cheese Grits served with a Bloody Mary sauce.
They feature 34 beers on tap all from local and regional craft brewers. In addition to their beer program, they also serve featured whiskeys and bourbons. With flavored vodkas on the way out and these two categories growing in popularity, they agree with many restaurateurs and mixologists that this is the way to go. The range features a lot of craft bottlers that you will not find everywhere.
Whether you want to just grab a drink and appetizer with friends or sit down for a full lunch or dinner, Mission Avenue Bar and Grill is a great choice. The atmosphere and great food make for a winning combination.
Story and photos by Chris Messenger