Grill-it-yourself stations adds to the mixin’ and fixin’ at La Jolla Strip Club
By Kelley Carlson
A diner may be able to tell by the name alone that the La Jolla Strip Club is a little, well, cheeky.
The steakhouse — named for its signature dish — pokes fun at the political correctness of conservative San Diego, according to Executive Chef James Stephenson, and is geared toward the 21-and-older crowd.
For starters, there are a number of risqué menu item names — appetizers are referred to as “Lounge Acts”; there are “Sinful Salads” and “Seductive Sandwiches”; “Sassy Sides” and “XXX-tras” often accompanying “Main Stage Selections,” “Choice Cuts” and “Strip Kabobs”; and desserts are “Naughty Treats.”
The cocktails are just as saucy — some of the tamer-named martinis include Blue Stiletto and Chocolate Kiss.
Continuing with the “adult” theme, various-sized prints of seductive pin-up girls are hung on walls throughout the establishment.
A number of them are in the dimly lit main room, with its black cushioned seats, cherry-red tables and charcoal-gray, carpeted floor. A “wine tunnel” is in the center (consisting of 40 types of red wines) and at the end is the white glow of the bar/vodka lounge, with additional seats for drinking and dining, more playful portraits, and 100 varieties of vodka. Bottom’s up!
The Strip Club often attracts parties — be it corporate, bachelor/bachelorette or birthdays — and many of them often sit in the private Champagne Room, which accommodates up to 40 people. The red-black-and-charcoal color theme is prevalent here, too, but there are large windows for natural lighting by day.
An enclosed patio is located on the side of the restaurant, where guests are free to play pool at several tables or watch the passers-by along Esplanade Court.
Look high up in the corners throughout the Strip Club, and guests will find flat-screen TVs with sports programming — there are 20 in all.
Further adding to the ambience is “younger, upbeat” music which “is a little louder than average,” Stephenson said.
Perhaps the juiciest detail: There are four grill stations throughout the establishment, as the Strip Club is a “grill-it-yourself” joint. Two are in the main room, another is in the bar area, and there’s one for private use in the Champagne Room. Guidelines are posted at stations, so even first-timers can prepare their meat to perfection.
“It’s a very social, interactive concept,” Stephenson said. “It gets everybody up from the table.”
For a great experience, he said to bring a group of friends who “like to have a fun evening, sample different vodkas, and who like to master their techniques on the grill.”
And in case you’re wondering, clothing is required, yet casual.
La Jolla Strip Club
Address: 4282 Esplanade Court, University Towne Center
The Vibe: Casual, Social, Adults Only
Signature Dish: La Jolla New York Strip
Open Since: 2009
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to close Monday-Friday; 5 p.m. to close Saturday
Phone: (858) 450-1400
Reservations: Required for groups of six or more
Patio Seating: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Happy Hour: 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m. Saturday
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