Short Ribs That Steal The Show

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Stout Braised Short Ribs at Barleymash

Despite San Diego’s proximity to the ocean and the fantastic Mexican food just south of the border, short ribs are stealing the spotlight at many local eateries. The rise in popularity comes as no surprise; this tender dish is packed with flavor and slides off the bone. Head to these six San Diego restaurants cooking up some the best short rib dishes in town.

Carmel Valley’s newest addition, WESTROOT tavern, is firmly rooted in a culture that encompasses fresh food that is infused with Southern California style. Stop by for dinner and try the All Natural Short Rib. Juicy short ribs in a demi-glaze with roasted potatoes, garlic bok choy, snap peas and chives. This dish will warm you right up with its rich demi-glaze.

Known for alcohol-infushed dishes, barleymash in the beating heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, has a beer-infused short rib dish. The Stout-Braised Short Ribs are braised for hours and served over a bed of arugula-mashed potatoes and roasted farmhouse veggies topped with crispy tobacco onions with a horseradish-coffee demi glaze. Deliciously satisfying and filling, this dish will have you coming back for more.

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Local Chefs Feature Tasty Regional Cuisine

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Jaime Chavez, Javier Plascencia, Patrick Ponsaty, Alberto Morreale

In San Diego, one-of-a-kind eateries go above and beyond to bring truly authentic cuisine from around the world to America’s Finest City. You’ll be transported to Mexico, Chile, France and Italy after seeing four of San Diego’s most notable chefs with rich cultural back stories that have contributed to some of the best local bites from around the world.

South America

Taking inspiration from the rich cultures of Latin America, Sirena Cocina Latina welcomes guests to venture down the Baja coast and beyond with exquisite, protein-packed plates created by Chilean chef, Jaime Chavez. Chef Chavez comes from a long lineage of Chilean bakers, went to Chile’s oldest culinary university and was iconic Chef Montse Estruch’s apprentice at Spanish Le Cingle Restaurant. Each item on Sirena’s menu is made with locally-sourced ingredients, contributing to the freshness of hand-crafted dishes such as Octopus, Tiraditos, Tostadas and Ceviches.

Built on the roots of generations of Mexican families, Bracero Cocina de Raiz transports its guests to an authentic Mexican kitchen right down to the home-made tortillas.  Renowned executive chef and owner, Javier Plascencia, is no stranger to south-of-the-border tastes having being called the “Figurehead of Baja Cuisine” and “Master of the New Tijuana.” His Bracero menu is just as authentic as his background, featuring refined plates rooted in tradition such as Shrimp & Bone Marrow Sopes and Carrot Aguachile.

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Not Your Ordinary Sandwiches

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Pecan Crusted Chicken Sandwich At Farmers Bottega

Two slices of bread and a world of possibilities in-between, give these places a chance and they’ll make the finest sandwiches you’ve ever seen!

The lively California eatery, Fig Tree Café Pacific Beach is serving up California-style sandwiches. The Grilled Turkey Sandwich, is piled high with turkey, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, cheddar and mozzarella cheese on grilled sourdough with garlic aioli. It doesn’t get any more California than this sandwich!

In one of San Diego’s most trendy neighborhoods, you will find Encontro. Whipping up house-made, custom grinds on an open-flame grill; you know sandwich magic is happening in the kitchen. Mary’s Chicken Sandwich made with all-natural chicken breast topped with parmigiana-reggiano, heirloom tomato, arugula on a ciabatta roll with white balsamic vinaigrette and basil aioli spread. This chic eatery is bringing back classic American food.

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Sausage Is American Crowd Favorite

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Pigs In A Blanket At Tavern

What sounds better than your favorite ground meat combined perfectly together with salt and unique spices? Absolutely nothing! The beloved and well-known sausage is an American crowd favorite and whether you like your sausage nestled in a bun, mixed in with your main dish, or on a cutting board paired with sauces, these bad boys are loaded with big time flavor ready to be discovered. The best part is that these San Diego restaurants have you fully covered in the flavor department, serving up the juiciest sausage dishes in town and redefining your idea of a proper sausage.

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Try Out These Low Cal Summer Eats

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Encontro Arugula Salad with Salmon

These San Diego restaurants have made it easy for foodies alike to indulge in delicious low-cal eats without compromising flavor. Strap on your sandals and open up that appetite because these dishes will have you looking in tip-top shape without too much effort on your part.  

At Farmer’s Bottega, customers need not to worry about quality because everything offered at this dynamic eatery uses fresh and sustainable local ingredients. Their menu embraces a mix of traditional Italian and American-organic cuisine, reassuring clients that recipes and handcrafted creations will definitely please every taste bud. Best of all, staying healthy at this spot won’t be too difficult especially when they offer amazingly-nutritious options like the Stay Fit Omelet.  This flavorful omelet is prepared with egg whites, mushrooms, fresh spinach, roasted garlic, and herb goat cheese, folded into a fluffy blanket of scrumptiousness, and served hot for your munching pleasures. What better way to start the day than with juicy ingredients that are good and good for you!

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Have Dinner Under The Stars

Farmers BottegaSpend an evening outside and have dinner under the stars on the beautiful Farmer’s Bottega  patio, and enjoy one of their new farm-to-fork menu items.

Menu items are characterized as Modern Americana-Italiano cuisine, and include a simple Heirloom Tomato Flatbread to Flat Iron Pork. Farmer’s Bottega also offers a wide variety of all-natural dishes, sure to satisfy every palate. Pair your dish with a glass of wine off of the extensive wine list that highlights vinos from the vineyards of Napa Valley to the rolling hills of Tuscany and everywhere in between.

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A Twist On Fresh Mussels

MusselsWhether you like them steamed, roasted, boiled or fried, mussels are quite the versatile shellfish. The under-the-sea entrée is packed with protein and is nutritionally rich in vitamin B12 and zinc. The next time you’re craving some salty seafood, give these restaurants a try!

Kearny Mesa’s Common Theory Public House is a craft beer lover’s dream come true. The laidback brew destination is noted for offering over 30 rotating craft beers, but its true hidden talent lies in its cultured menu! With influences from Korea, China, Mexico and America, the kitchen serves food for every palate. The memorable Fresh Mussels are served with fries or a toasted baguette. For extra flavor, the dish comes with your choice of a housemade sauce. Choose between Bacon & Mushroom, Thai Curry, White Wine Gremolata or Hellfire sauces. Come in with an appetite because the serving sizes weigh in at either a full pound or two pounds!

The unique blend of Mexican cuisine and Mediterranean cooking come together to form Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro. Located in Bonita, the family-style establishment specializes in culinary fusions and traditional Baja-inspired plates and ingredients. Try the award-winning Paella, a delectable mixture of shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, chicken, pork short rib and Spanish chorizo. For another wholesome sea-inspired plate, opt for the Linguini Pescatore. The pasta dish is prepared with mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, marinara sauce, basil and extra virgin olive oil. There’s no shortage of enticing seafood here!

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Syrupy Stacks Of Sweetness

Fig Tree Cafe PancakesNational Pancake Day and Mardi Gras are on the same day this year, so go ahead and give in to your breakfast temptations with any one of these syrupy stacks of sweetness on February 9th.

Breakfast Republic is North Park’s buzzed about brunch spectacular. Available this month only, the sunny breakfast joint is offering an exclusive plate of Red Velvet Pancakes topped with cream cheese frosting (and it’s only $10!). If Red Velvet isn’t your flavor of choice, opt for the flight of pancakes instead.  With Oreo, Cinnamon Roll, Churro, Bacon, Mint Chocolate Chip and Pineapple Upside Down Cake to choose from, picking three isn’t as easy as it sounds. Are you drooling yet?

If you’re a San Diego local, you’ve heard of Fig Tree Café. With three locations in Pacific Beach, Hillcrest and Liberty Station, the hit breakfast spot is hard to miss. In honor of the upcoming national holiday, give their signature stack of Buttermilk Pancakes a try. Served with orange segment syrup, the classic dish is available to be topped with your choice of blueberries, strawberries or bananas. For all the fruit lovers out there, go ahead and order all three for the ultimate naturally-sweet topping!

For a restaurant that embodies the beach community it’s surrounded by, head down to the Duck Dive. Located only a block from the sand and surf, the surfer’s lounge offers mellow brunch vibes. Their trademark Monkey Cakes dish is the ideal way to pay tribute to pancakes. The enticing stack of Buttermilk Pancakes is topped with fried banana, brown sugar and honey butter. We’re in a sugar coma already.

Get ‘em hot and get ‘em fresh at Pan Bon in Little Italy. Although the Italian restaurant specializes in staples from its homeland, the bi-level bakery and café knows how to do pancakes. Their Home Style Pancakes are prepared with seasonal fresh fruit, whipped cream and extra fluffiness of course!

Starving after a fun night out in Gaslamp? Get your hotcake fix at Brian’s 24 . The 24- hour eatery is known for their hearty portions and their signature pancake recipes, including classic Buttermilk, Potato, S’mores and Multigrain. Their Ultimate Pancake Sandwich doesn’t fall short either.  Prepared with three buttermilk pancakes, two fried eggs, four strips of bacon, two sausage patties and warm syrup, it’s guaranteed to fill you up. Up for a challenge? Order the Pancake Monster with three fried eggs, five hotcakes, four strips of bacon, two sausage patties, an eight ounce ham steak and an eight ounce country fried steak on a bed of special home fries. If you can finish it by yourself in under an hour, it’s free!

Known for their farm-to-table approach, Farmer’s Bottega in Mission Hills offers simple and traditional pancakes. Their plate of Buttermilk Pancakes is available plain or with toppings of your choice. Complement the classic dish with any of the following fruit varieties: mixed fruit, strawberries, bananas or blackberries.  Go for something different and try the blackberry pancakes!

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Devour Oodles of Noodles

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Mac n’Cheese at The Cellar

If you love pasta, there’s good news coming your way. Mark your calendars because Tuesday, October 6th is National Noodle Day. Make sure to celebrate the holiday by slurping down large bowls with oodles of noodles. A popular comfort food staple, there are many types of pastas to discover. Here are San Diego’s top restaurants that will help you choose your favorite noodle.

In the Gaslamp district, barleymash will take you back to when you were younger. Their barleymacs are upgraded takes on our childhood favorite that are a base of cavatappi noodles, poblano beer-cheese sauce, pepper jack beer-cheese sauce, three-cheese blend and panko bread crumbs intensified with additional toppings. If you’re feeling indulgent, choose the Duck, Duck Goat that is covered in a spiced duck confit, crispy duck skin, goat cheese and a baby arugula balsamic-Jäger drizzle.

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Farmers Bottega Offers Organic

Farmers Bottega Offers OrganicEmbracing the beauty of simplicity, a new eatery in Mission Hills is taking the “farm-to-fork” culinary trend and transforming it into a necessity here to stay.  Located on Washington Street, Farmer’s Bottega is where the food is as organic as the vintage, reclaimed décor.

Owner, Chef Alberto Morreale is no stranger to culinary creations that are as delicious as they are nutritious, also co-owning and operating San Diego’s Fig Tree Cafés in Hillcrest and Liberty Station.  Staying true to his Sicilian roots, Morreale has created a unique menu, blending traditional Italian and modern-American cuisines into one-of-a-kind dishes.  Running his restaurant on the motto, “Food doesn’t need to be complicated, but it’s important to know where it comes from,” Morreale dedicates his time to finding healthy, organic produce from local farms as well as cage-free, hormone-free meats.  

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