Enter JRDN at Tower23 Hotel and join the fun at the bar, or take a seat in the sleek and contemporary dining room that includes a massive 70-foot lighted “wave wall” mural. A spacious open-air patio is also the perfect place to enjoy ocean views and watch passersby traveling on the meandering boardwalk. A distinctively modern menu utilizes hand-selected, all-natural meats, the finest seafood from sustainable sources, and locally grown organic produce. It’s a perfect brunch destination. Dine alfresco by the ocean and devour Mama’s Baked French Toast with sugar and spice pumpkin, whipped mascarpone cheese, and maple syrup. A local favorite is the chilaquiles and eggs, with chorizo, salsa, queso fresco, avocado, and lime crema. If you dine in the evening, be sure to try one of the fresh catches of the day, or the uber-savory lobster potpie. Open for lunch and dinner daily, brunch on the weekends. JRDN at Tower23, 723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach, CA 92109; (858) 270-2323; t23hotel.com; California Modern; $$$$.
As a food writer, I make it a point after every meal to never pass on dessert. Not because I’m a sugar hound, dying to gain massive amounts of weight and ruin my size 6 frame, but because I really believe dessert should be more then an afterthought. You may be wondering, how do I save room for dessert? Since gluttony is not my forte, I have no problem saving room for sweet delicacies I can feature on my blog.
Live a little and check out the photos I captured of the best gourmet desserts I’ve tasted recently that are really just too good to pass up!
Bice Ristorante’s Chef de Cuisine/Pastry Chef Francesca Penoncelli studied in Italy for five years at the culinary institute in Piedmont, spending every free moment in the kitchen. “Being a young lady in the culinary world isn’t easy, ” she says. “As a woman in Italy, in order to earn the respect and appreciation from the men, you must be better then them. For me, it means working hard alongside great, but tough chefs.” The menu at Bice features modern Italian cuisine, including unique recipes created through extensive research of the current trends. The foods served at Bice are a representation of Penoncelli‘s travels, her childhood, and her feelings.
If you’re looking for a unique farm to table experience in a high energy atmosphere where people are eating and talking loudly over ingenious food and drink prepared by an unassuming young chef, then the newly opened TRUST Restaurant in Hillcrest is the place for you.
Duke’s La Jolla is a 13,000 square foot restaurant that features two distinct dining areas and outdoor dining. Duke’s honors Duke Kahanamoku, a native Hawaiian, six-time Olympic swimming and water polo medalist and the father of modern day surfing. Guests will get a glimpse into the remarkable life of the restaurant’s namesake as well as tap into the La Jolla beach lifestyle. Pictures of Duke and Nadine Kahanamoku highlighting Duke’s remarkable life are on display along with artwork depicting the La Jolla beach lifestyle including “Dreaming” an image by photographer John Maher taken at Black’s Beach.
Duke’s executive chef Anthony Sinsay attended the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, A Le Cordon Bleu accredited Institute. Along the way, he worked for a few notable chefs and restaurants, as well as some of the best kitchens in the country. “I like to think that the skills I’ve attained over my career are special,” he says. “Every experience has helped mold me into the chef I am today.”
Carnivore Sandwich has expanded throughout San Diego. Living up to its name, Carnivore Sandwich serves overstuffed, mile-high sandwiches that demand a go-big or go-home attitude. The eatery celebrates a West Coast twist of New York delis with the highest quality meat, fish, cheese and bread.
Formerly known as Nosh Delicatessen at 670 West B Street in Little Italy, the spot has been reinvented as Carnivore Sandwich. Two new locations are also starting to take a bite out of the San Diego culinary scene. Whether you’re heading to a ballgame at Petco Park or looking for an authentic bite to eat downtown, get your East Coast-style sandwich fix at 317 10th Avenue. In the coming weeks, Carnivore Sandwich will be beefing up its presence even further with the unveiling of Carnivore Express at 707 Broadway inside the Chase building. Carnivore Express will offer a limited menu for those on the go by highlighting favorites from the other locations.
Don’t Misss The Patio on Lamont’s upcoming Tres Amigos el Tres de Mayo Winemaker Dinner, taking place on Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m.
In celebration of Southern California’s talent for making delectable wine and incredible Mexican food, wine aficionados and food lovers alike are invited to rejoice with The Patio on Lamont’s wine dinner featuring five-courses of authentic Mexican cuisine complemented by an assortment of wines from Valle de Guadalupe.
Perched on the corner of Date and India Streets, Napizza is not only one of the newest establishments in Little Italy, it also has a new concept that is gaining attention.
Green certified and committed to utilizing locally sourced, organic ingredients with no preservatives or chemicals, this is not your typical pizza joint. But that new philosophy is underscored by one of the oldest traditions in pizza-making techniques. Pizza la taglio, a centuries-old art of utilizing special four, yeast and water, and allowing for a slow rise to create a product with no equal. The large, square-cut pieces are familiar to anyone who’s sampled street food from Italy’s larger cities.
Whether you’re looking for stuffed waffles, healthy waffles or a waffle sandwich, these San Diego restaurants are sure to have a waffle that satisfies your craving!
It’s easy to get your waffle fix at Brian’s 24. This 24-hour diner in Gaslamp recreates the classic waffle and the French croque-monsieur with the Waffle Cristo. Enjoy thinly-sliced ham and cheddar jack cheese between two halves of a bacon waffles topped with powdered sugar and served with a side of extra hot French fries. This all-American diner is taking a French classic and giving them a warm U.S.A twist.
Centered on University Avenue in Hillcrest, Uptown Tavern is the best place to be for some wacky waffles. The Red Velvet Waffle is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Stuffed with bacon and cheese and topped with fried sweet plantains, bacon, spiced walnuts, a coconut milk reduction, garlic butter and Woodford Reserve maple syrup. Uptown Tavern will be making your cheeks blush with these velvety waffles.
With the help of our south-of-the-border neighbors, America’s Finest City has become home to some of the finest burritos in the country. One step further, local restaurants are making mornings a little brighter with their breakfast takes on this classic Mexican dish. Wake up and head to one of these eateries to try San Diego’s best breakfast burritos!
Not a morning person? The Taco Stand, with locations in La Jolla and Downtown, has a breakfast menu that will give you a reason to get out of bed! Help yourself to one of their Breakfast Burritos made with egg, cheese, beans and salsa, and a choice of chorizo, ham, bacon, carne asada or veggies. The best part? The burritos are made with the freshest ingredients and top grade meat to ensure your south-of-the-border cravings are satisfied, north of the border.
Gather around for a Southern-style seafood feast! Everyone knows that the best place to enjoy Cajun-inspired, deliciously fresh crawfish is Louisiana. Starting at the end of March, Pacific Beach Fish Shop is bringing that experience to San Diego at the Crawfish Cookout. Dust the sand off of your feet and chow down on the traditional delicacy straight from a spicy Cajun boil.
The spring cookouts will kick off on Tuesday, March 29th with a local brewery providing beer pairings. The gathering will feature a spicy Cajun boil with live Louisiana crawfish, served by the pound. The meal is complete with all the fixins’—corn on the cob, red potatoes and spicy Andouille sausage. The feast begins at 3:00 p.m. and ends when they run out, so be sure to arrive early!
Breakfast Republic is full of surprises, and their new March specials are no exception! From Irish-inspired eats to sweet cream French toast, you’re sure to be licking your lips at one glance of these out-of-the-box masterpieces.
Have a taste of gold at the end of the rainbow with Breakfast Republic’s liquid tributes to St. Patrick’s Day. Their Lucky Charms Latte is made with marshmallow syrup and topped with Lucky Charms marshmallows for a sweet spark of energy. If you’re looking for a morning pick-me-up with some added fun, do it the Irish way and order their Irish Coffee. The funday drink is made with two shots of vodka, mellowed out by steamed milk, Irish cream, and two shots espresso, all topped with whipped cream and a Crème de menthe drizzle – an ode to St. Patty’s day on March 17th. The Erin go “Brah” Mimosa will give your morning hair of the dog a healthier jumpstart – made with a Tropical Detox shot and coconut syrup, you’ll get a fizzy wakeup call served as green as the island it tributes (“Erin go brah” translates to “Ireland forever”).
You know what they say, go BIG or go home! San Diego’s favorite one-stop-pizza-shop is offering a slam-dunk lineup of events that is sure to make March a month above the rest.
Team work makes the dream work, and Woodstock’s Pizza will be launching a Meatball Madness Pizza on March 10th that’s full of valuable players. Made with their house-crafted, zesty red sauce, classic meatballs, roasted garlic, green and red bell peppers and extra mozzarella cheese with pesto drizzled on the top, this protein-packed pie is a show-stopper. The MVP of the recipe? The sauce-filled crust is glazed with Woodstock’s famous combination of herb and garlic WildeBread seasonings.
On March 9th, National Meatball Day, Americans will celebrate tasty balls of meat. Whether petite or boulder-sized or an appetizer or a main course, these seasoned orbs can proudly stand alone in addition to their traditional pairing with spaghetti. We have rolled together a selection of flavor-packed meatball dishes served on menus throughout San Diego that will make for an incredible National Meatball Day feast.
TRUST: Newly opened TRUST Restaurant in Hillcrest dishes up a unique take on the dish with their Wood Grilled Lamb Meatballs. These robustly flavored meatballs are served with lentils, tzatziki, pickled shallots, Fresno chiles and a touch of mint.
BICE: Chef Mario Casinneri’s modern riff on Italian meatballs can be found on the bar menu at BiCE. The Mondeghili Milanese are served with a sweet bell pepper sauce.
Bottega Americano: Bottega Americano serves super-tender meatballs that deserve prime real estate in growling bellies. You can order the meatballs topped with a flavorful five-herb pesto, served center stage on a plate of housemade spaghetti, or atop a fresh and crispy-crusted meat lovers pizza.
Oggi’s Sports | Brewhouse | Pizza: You can never go wrong with a classic comfort food from one of San Diego’s original homegrown craft beer restaurants. Oggi’s serves a traditional Meatball Hero with its signature meatballs, topped with marinara sauce and creamy melted Provolone cheese, served on an Italian roll and perfectly paired with a frosty pint of IPA.
Bencotto + Monello: Bencotto and naughty little brother, Monello, serve perfectly baked and lightly breaded 100% beef meatballs called Polpette that are served with a side of spicy tomato dipping sauce, a dish that will have you wanting to hug your plate and order seconds.