Tucked into a strip mall in Mira Mesa and just off the 15 Freeway on Mira Mesa Boulevard, Ba Le French Sandwiches serves up delectable Vietnamese-French fusion sandwiches. This friendly and humble deli provides fresh-made fare for those who crave a taste of Vietnam. Their banh mi sandwiches are a real treat in a city in scarce supply of high-quality authentic options. One of the keys to these subs is the fresh-baked baguettes, always carefully toasted for a delightfully crispy crunch. A variety of ingredients can fill a banh mi, but typically they come with a choice of meat, pickled vegetables and chili peppers. The meat of the sandwiches may vary, from barbacue pork to ham or veggies, but the taste is always delicious. With a very affordable spread, Ba Le French has all the amenities one needs for a lunch on-the-go.
This location of the increasingly popular Jersey Mike’s sub sandwich chain is nestled in the Mira Mesa Market Center. Their signature sandwiches are served up on fresh bread, baked daily on site, and the deli meats and cheeses are cut to order as needed, giving their sandwiches the fresh finish that’s catapulted Jersey Mike’s into nationwide popularity. Patrons can chow down at this quick-order sub joint in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, adorned with New Jersey imagery, red tones and lots of tile. Each sub is served up “Mike's way,” with lettuce, tomato, onions and dressed with a blend of vinegar, oil and spices. Popular classic sandwiches include their original Italian sub and big kahuna cheese steak, and the menu rounds out nicely with wraps and salads as well.
Tucked away on Cabot Drive off Miramar Road, this regional craft beer brewery has produced unique bottles of popular brew for almost two decades. Visitors make use of AleSmith Brewing Co.’s tasting room, which is standing room only with a few tables to gather around and compare the variety of beers. They specialize in American-style IPAs, having received national attention for these carefully crafted beers, while one of their most popular options is the award-winning Horny Devil, a citrus Belgian pale ale that combines fruity and spicy flavors, with a dry finish that goes down smoothly. Perhaps their best known is the Speedway Stout, a surprisingly drinkable stout that comes with a 12% ABV. Weekly tours of the working brew facility are also offered, allowing guests to peer behind the scenes of the brewing process, from barley and hops to beer in a glass.
Lions Wines began as an importer and wholesaler. As the sole importer and distributor of its products, Lions Wines Cellars provides values well above what other wine sellers can possibly offer. They also focus on small wineries, which further allows them to offer high-quality wines at competitive prices.
Mike Hess Brewing’s original location is on Silverton Avenue in an industrial quarter of Miramar. The no-frills interior has an industrial attitude with large stainless steel tanks scattered throughout. The layout offers a unique vantage point, allowing guests to walk comfortably within the brewhouse and fermentation tanks. The craft brewery is recognized as one of the best in the city, and Mike Hess’s brewmasters are always passionate about their latest batch. Guests delight in trying standouts, such as the Grazias Vienna Cream Ale, a smooth beer featuring vanilla-like malts and slightly toasted flavors with a surprisingly dark finish. The space here is standing room only, and primarily offers tastings.
At Yummy Yogurt, hot, hungry families can cool off by helping themselves to a self-serve yogurt counter equipped with eight frosty flavors and more than 50 toppings. Start with a frozen foundation such as the shop's signature mixed-berry yogurt and then build upward, topping it with chocolate chunks and one of six sweet syrups ($0.44/oz.). Or, top a peanut-butter swirl with a healthy dose of golden honey to create a salty-sweet taste that can be used to fend off attacks from friendly bears. Sitting amongst candy-colored walls and silver, streamlined fixtures, patrons can relax while enjoying their chilly concoctions in the shop's climate-controlled confines or take a seat under an umbrella on the outdoor patio, enjoying the company of a palm tree while mocking its inability to use a spoon.