We found 127 West Social House on a whim while driving through Fallbrook in northern San Diego County. My husband and I wanted to extend our outing after a hike at the Santa Margarita River Trail, just north of Fallbrook, and a quick search of dog-friendly restaurants in the area brought up 127 West Social House, located near the historic downtown area.
Finding hidden gems in Southern California when out for the day is one of the many rewards of living in this region. There are so many places to discover that offer gorgeous hikes, quaint towns, fabulous wines, and unforgettable dining. Exploring and experiencing the unexpected is one of my favorite things to do on the weekends. We don’t always stumble onto something great, but when we do, it makes my day!
About 127 West Social House in Fallbrook, CA
I love restaurants set in old houses, so 127 West Social House appealed to me from the moment we parked. The house, known as the Elder House, was built in 1884 as the result of a challenge between three Fallbrook residents trying to build the best house possible for $2500 – a substantial amount of money at the time. The historic Elder House has been home to many businesses over the last century and a half, including a newspaper, several different schools, and several restaurants.
The current owner opened 127 West Social House in 2014, but suffered a devastating fire in 2016. After nearly two years of restoring the historic property and rebuilding the restaurant, it opened again for business in 2018. The owner, Faro Trupiano, put much thought and effort into restoring the house and the restaurant, even repurposing the salvageable fire-damaged floorboards into tables and a charred beam into a wooden door.
The ambiance of 127 West – Bonus – Dog-Friendly!
The backyard includes two large patio areas separated by a walking bridge over a small ravine of leafy trees and colorful flowers. Umbrellaed tables are spread throughout, providing ample room for outdoor dining with plenty of room for social distancing, or for your dog to stretch out comfortably while waiting for his burger patty to be cooked.
Ragnar, our adventure-loving Rottweiler, was welcomed with as much hospitality as us. The server brought him a large bowl of water after seeing us comfortably seated on the patio, and timed his burger to arrive with our food.
Eats and Drinks of 127 West
The menu of 127 West Social House – which includes a long list of local craft beers, a good variety of wines and specialty cocktails, and plenty of non-alcoholic options along with coffees and tea – is impressive and extensive. (Note: the beer menu at the restaurant is much more extensive than listed on their website.) While the entree offerings are typical Southern California and American fare, the presentation is anything but typical. The appetizers have unexpected and mouthwatering twists, the pizzas are stone-fired, and the salads are plentiful. The sandwiches and burgers looked like works of art on beautiful artisan buns, stacked high with colorful toppings, and the Mac & Cheese is Build-Your-Own.
We were too early for the dinner menu, but the dishes piqued my curiosity and we will no doubt return to try the bison meatloaf, pork schnitzel, salmon in asparagus cream, or the avocado fried quinoa.
Narrowing down our choices to a reasonable amount of food for two people to order was not easy, but we decided on the Bacon Wrapped Dates for an appetizer. I ordered an iced tea and Fritz order the Garage 951 Blonde Ale, which he proclaimed as the best beer he’s tasted in a very long time. The bacon wrapped dates were tasty and crunchy with a sauce that provided just enough kick to get your attention.
For our entrees, Fritz ordered the Turkey Melt with Truffle Fries and I ordered the Fugetaboutit Stone Fired Pizza on a cauliflower crust. Fritz debated on which side to get with his sandwich, but wisely took the server’s suggestion of Truffle Fries. My pizza was just the way I like it with a thin, crispy crust and tasty toppings, including sausage and basil. The Turkey Melt was piled on a ciabatta bun of fluffy yet crunchy texture, and the truffle fries were just the right amount of crispy and tasty that we almost forgot to dip the them in the aioli.
Our detour into Fallbrook on a whim to grab a quick lunch ended with finding an absolute gem in the 127 West Social House. The prices are higher than a diner, but not unusual for restaurant of this caliber. The historic house is the perfect setting for this fantastic restaurant – it’s inviting, gorgeous, comfortable, and worth the price to experience the unexpected culinary twists on classic dishes. We will definitely add this to our list of must-see Southern California dining destinations.