Urbn St. Coal Fired Pizza - El Cajon

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2  (1147) Escondido, California | May 16, 2017
A large, open pizzeria (formerly a brewery too) with a large bar and ample seating. I sat at the bar and enjoyed a couple craft beers. Their brewing equipment was still onsite but already sold and destined for another location, despite them producing good beer. I did not try any food but it did look quite appetizing.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 11/20
rlgk  (614) Göteborg, Sweden | November 13, 2015
Kinda dark place, big and rather wmpty on an Thursday afternoon. Service was ok, beers a bit below average. No need to make detours. Good prices though.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | May 26, 2015
Visited May 23, 2015.

I forgot until I pulled up at a familiar intersection that this was formerly El Cajon Brewing. I never got all the details on what happened to them but something to the effect of the city fronting a lot of money (presumably because the city is kind of dumpy looking and I’m sure they’re trying to revitalize it) and then someone running off with that money. It looks more or less the same inside now as it used to. Large building with lots of seating. There are some bar tables (which is where we sat) and of course a bar. Above the bar on the monitor is the tap list. Kind of impressive at 30something taps and a high percentage of them being semi local. There are also some barrels scattered around the place aging various beers. The biggest difference that I noticed (I didn’t eat at El Cajon so I can’t compare the food) is that Urbn St has more house beers on. Whereas El Cajon only had four during my visit Urb St had 9 and a special cask (blonde ale with coriander and orange peer, called Nitwit).

I think the beers on the whole are an improvement over the previous tenant. They’re not necessarily amazing but certainly not bad. My favorite of the 9 that we tried was probably the Belgian IPA, followed by the regular IPA. The coffee stout and the “triple brown ale” were both way too roasty but I’m sure that’s intentional. Most of the rest were inoffensive and middle of the road. The food is pretty good. They advertise right on the wall outside that they do pizza. It’s a very thin dough (regular sized crust) and it’s in an oval shape.

Prices are tolerable on tasters ($7 for 4) and maybe a little high on the pizza ($15ish). Parking is easy on the street. They have a nice looking patio area too. If it was near me I’d probably stop in occasionally but as it is I’ll probably only stop in when I’m back in the area to try some other brewery that has recently opened, or on a trip to Alpine.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh  (802) Tampere, Finland | April 26, 2015
Nice and up-to-date place in the centre of El Cajon. Quite busy on a Friday night. Tasty beers and prompt service. Can’t complain.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball  (63) El Cajon, California | July 7, 2014
Stopped in to check out Urbn at their soft opening. They occupy the space that was previously El Cajon Brewing Co. They’ve done a nice job updating the space; big roll up garage doors are new and the decor is more modern. Very friendly receptionist and server. Menu was limited because of the soft opening but the pizzas we ordered were fantastic. Good selection of local beers on tap; also 4-5 beers brewed in house (tried 2 and wasn’t super impressed, sadly). Overall this place is great for a beer lover.

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