Karl Strauss Menu, Prices and Locations

Back in the mid-1980s, San Diego was void of the thriving beer scene it has today. In fact, the city hadn’t seen fresh beer since Prohibition, and the term “craft beer” didn’t exist. But that wasn’t going to stop Chris Cramer and Matt Rattner; two college buddies eager to change the status quo. Inspired by a brewpub Chris came upon while backpacking through Australia, the pair had a dream: bring local, handcrafted beer back to San Diego.

With the help of Chris’s cousin, Master Brewer Karl M. Strauss, it was on February 2, 1989 that Karl Strauss Brewing Company officially opened its doors in downtown San Diego and kicked off the city’s craft beer industry. Happily, as Karl Strauss Brewing Company grew, so did the industry as a whole.

Karl Strauss Menu

ItemSizePrice
Starters
Brewery FriesSpicy cajun or garlic parmesan$4.95
Spinach Artichoke DipServed warm with seasoned tricolored tortilla strips$8.50
Boneless WingsTender chicken, no bones. Red trolley BBQ, firecracker or buffalo style$8.95
Portobello FriesThick slices of lightly fried portobello mushrooms with pesto and aioli dipping sauce$8.95
Firecracker Sirloin StripsTossed in a spicy soy sesame ginger galze$9.95
Crispy CalamariLightly fried with chili aioli dipping sauce$8.95
Santa Fe Beef QuesadillaPepper jack cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro and fire roasted salsa$8.95
Nacho StackTri-colored tortilla strips with black beans, pepperjack and cheddar cheese, cilantro, fire roasted salsa and chipotle sour cream. Avocado salsa add $1.00, grilled chicken breast add $2.00$8.95
Ahi PokeSashimi grade chopped ahi tomatoes, cucumber, red onion and cilantro tossed in spicy firecracker sauce. Served with won ton chips$9.95
Vegetarian Black Bean Soup$3.95
Tomato Bisque$3.95
Soup of the Day$3.95
Salads
Caesar WedgeHeart of romaine croutons, parmesan and diced tomatoes. Grilled chicken breast add $3.95$6.95
Romaiine WedgeDiced tomatoes, red onions, bacon and bleu cheese dressing. Grilled chicken breast add $3.95$6.95
Mixed GreensA mix gorgonzola cheese, tomatoes, almonds and balsamic herb vinaigrette. Grilled chicken breast add $3.95$6.95
Honey Lager ChickenCrispy wontons, crushed peanuts, tomatoes, honey lager lime vinaigrette and peanut dressing$11.95
ChoppedRoasted turkey, bacon, tomatoes, cucumbers, gorgonzola cheese, croutons and buttermilk ranch dressing$11.95
Spinach SirloinOnions, tomatoes, gorgonzola cheese, almonds and sun-dried tomato vinaigrette$13.95
Chicken MangoMixed field greens, sliced mango, red onions, tomatoes, almonds and chili citrus vinaigrette$11.95
Flame Broiled SalmonMixed field greens and onions, tomatoes, capers, balsamic herb vinaigrette and mustard dill sauce$14.95
Seared AhiSashimi grade ahi, mixed field greens, pickled ginger, mushrooms, tomatoes and citrus vinaigrette$14.95
Burger and Sandwiches
Avocado salsa add $1.00, bacon add $1.00
The Works Double Cheddar BurgerTwo patties lettuce, tomato, sauteed mushrooms, grilled onions, ale mayo and fries$10.95
Red Trolley BBQ CheeseburgerRed Trolley BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, crispy onions and fries$9.50
En Fuego Jalapeno BurgerRoasted jalapeno peppers, pepper jack cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato, chili aioli and fries$9.50
No Frills CheeseburgerHalf-pound lean patty, natural cheddar, lettuce, tomato onion and fries$8.95
Turkey Bleus BurgerHalf-pound seasoned lean patty, gorgonzola cheese, pesto mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion and housemade slaw$9.95
Buffalo Turkey BurgerHalf-pound seasoned lean patty dipped in our buffalo sauce, pesto mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, gorgonzola cheese and housemade slaw$9.95
Portobello Mushrrom SandwichBasted on the grill with karl strauss amber lager marinade and served with roasted red peppers, grilled onions, pepper jack cheese tomatoes, chili aioli an housemade chips$9.95
Grilled Chicken SandwichNatural cheddar, tomato, pasilla peppers and pesto mayo with housemade chips$9.95
Brewpub ClubOven roasted turkey, bacon, tomato, lettuce, avocado and pesto mayo on dark bread with housemade chips$10.95
Slow Roasted BBQ Pork SandwichRed trolley BBQ sauced, crispy onions and housemade chips$9.50
Brat SandwichA grilled brat with slow cooked onions and mixed peppes served in a french roll with spicy mustard$9.95
The CubanThinly sliced ham and roasted pork, pickles, pepper jack cheese, roasted red peppers, onions and hot mustard layered on a toasted roll. Served with mixed greens and black beans$12.95
Warm Pastrami SandwichThinly sliced pastrami, beer onions sauteed in our downdtown after dark brown ale and hot mustard on a toasted french roll. Served with fries$12.95
Tri Tip Cheese SteakThinly Sliced tri tip, lelted cheddar cheese and slow cooked onions and mixed peppers on a bed toasted roll. Served with hot mustard and fries$11.95
Brewery Favorites
Karls Beer-Battered Fish N ChipsServed with housemade slaw$13.95
Diablo Shrimp Skewers8 Large, grfilled shrimp in a fiery red sauce made with our woodie gold pilsener and served with rice and garlic bread$18.95
Mac and CheeseqOur take on and old-time favorite. Large elbow noodles baked in a mix of gorgonzola, gruyere and cheddar cheese and covered with a crispy breadcrumb topping. Served with mixed greens$11.95
Blackened SalmonSauteed green beans, long grain rice and tropical mango salsa$16.95
Ginger SalmonSauteed spinach, avocado, steamed broccoli and firecracker sauce$16.95
Filet of SolfSauteed with fresh herbs, spinach and green beans. Topped with artichoke relish and citrus vinaigrette$16.95
Ahi Tuna-Seared RareSteamed broccoli, long grain rice firecracker sauce$17.95
Drunken ShrimpSauteed with woodie gold pilsener, garlic, spices a touch of cream, diced tomatoes and fresh herbs. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach$16.95
Rustic Herb Crusted ChickenA pan-seared, tender chicken breast served with sauteed spinach and steamed broccoli$15.95
Lemon Hef ChickenGrilled chicken breast in a sauce of windansea wheat hefeweizen fresh lemon, garlic, artichoke hearts and capers. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli$14.95
Not-Your Mom's Meatloaf (Wed only)With garlic mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli and downtown after dark mushroom sauce$12.95
Grilled Sausage PlaterBratwurst and ouille sausages covers in slow cooked onions and mixed peppers and served with garlic mashed potatoes and spicy mustard$16.95
Beer Braised Pot RoastBeef celery, carrots mushrooms and onions slow cooked in an ale barbecue sauce and served with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli$16.95
Steaks and Chops
All steaks are USDA cerified choice red beef and are basted on the grill with our amber lager marinade
Top SirloinWith garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans and downtrown after dark mushrooms sauce$19.95
Brewhouse FiletWith garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans and balsamic amber mushroom sauce$19.95
PorterhouseWith garlic parmesan fries and steamed broccoli$28.95
New York StripWith garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed green beans and grilled onions$25.95
Beer Brined Pork ChopsTwo bone-in chops brined in red trolley ale and grilled. Served with garlic mashed potatoes sauteed green beans and spicy mustard sauce$17.95
Red Trolley BBQ RibsTenderl st louis-style ribs with housemade slaw and fries$16.95 - $7.00
Wood - Oven Pizzas
Our pizzas dough is prepared daily with karl surauss amber lager
Spicy ShrimpSpicy tomato basil sauce, mozzarella, pasilla and roasted red peppers, diced red onions and fresh cilantro$11.95
Grilled PortobelloSweet basil pesto, roma tomatoes smoked and traditional mozzarella, artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, fresh basil, kalamata olives and balsamic glaze$12.95
Barbecued ChickenWith smoked mozzarella cheese, red onions, cilantro and trolley BBQ sauce$11.95
The New YorkerPepperoni, italian sausage, diced red onions, mozzarella cheese and tomato basil sauce$11.95

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