Tip Top Meats

Taps: 5 | Bottles: 120
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
GT2  (672) Oceanside, California | April 10, 2014
> A German boutique specialty grocer, butcher, deli, and sit-down restaurant

>> Very interesting place that has tons of hard to find German, Polish, Bulgarian (?) food items from pasta, chocolate, sauces, and real sausages and cheeses. Gigantic Reisling selection is bigger than every wine store in the area for that style, so I would come back just for that. Beer isnít really the thing here so I canít say it is a ratebeer place per se, but they do have singles available of many strange German and Czech beers including all of the Weltenburger beers, which are hard to find. Overall, very cool place that Iím glad is in ratebeer, otherwise I would have never found it.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
t0rin0  (1512) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 13, 2013
Visited December 7, 2013.

Stopped here for breakfast the morning after the Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. Not sure how I wasnít aware of this place before but itís a nice German store. Tons of trinkets and German snacks. There is a deli with lots of meats and a small selection of beers. They have a handful of bottles as well as half a dozen taps in the restaurant which is in the back. The restaurant consists of several rooms and a deli counter where you order. The portions are pretty big for the price. They advertised the burger on the sandwich board out front for $6 and itís pretty big. I ordered the two egg plate with a bratwurst, several slices of toast, and some potatoes. It was way too much food for $6.50.

This really isnít a beer destination but Iím glad itís in the database.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
NachlamSie  (678) Denver, Colorado | July 9, 2012
I actually didnít even know this place was on ratebeer. I went there looking for some good meat to pair with the goat cheese I had procured at the Bruery Provisions. The meat selection is vastly superior to the beer selection. They focus solely on fine European products, so any awesome American micros are out of the question. You could find a decent Belgian or German beer, but this place is really about the food.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 10/20
nbutler11  (356) Rota, Spain | January 19, 2011
Nice market, but by no means a beer destination. The ratings here need to calm down -- especially with all of the other bottle shops and bars in the area.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
ebmalon  (22) Georgia | March 28, 2010
Oh how I love you Tip Top Meats! This rating is more about the food than the beer. Tip Top is a first class butcher shop with a German-style delicatessan and grocery. Lots of imported beer (mostly German) in the grocery. Great selection throughout the grocery and the meat is gorgeous. Make it a point to eat if you come. Great menu (the rabbit is delicious if they have it). Prime Beef on the weekends is not to be missed and a great bargain. If youíre a foodie, this place offers an experience that you wonít forget. Not many places like this still exist in the US.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
wetherel  (83) Encinitas, California | July 6, 2007
A great German restaurant, grocer, and butcher. They have approximately 120 beers, with about 80% german, 10% belgian, and 10% UK beers. Extensive selection of german foods as well. Order the Big John Burger Special (fries, drink, 1/2 burger for $5) for lunch (until 8PM) or the Steak and Stein (A huge freshly butchered bacon wrapped high-quality filet minon steak and beer for around $10) The staff isnít knowledge about beer. The beer selection is OK, unless you like German beers, where the selection is the best anywhere (next to Germany of course).

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