Since the beginning of the shutdown, the team at Hunsaker at Vincent’s has been doing everything they can to continue serving the local community of Escondido. This includes daily specials, ‘feasts’ designed for entire families and of course takeout and backdoor pickup. Now, owner Jeannette McBrearty and executive chef Brandon Hunsaker have come up with a strategy to provide fresh, high-quality food at a more affordable price point. They have launched a virtual restaurant — sister to Hunsaker at Vincent’s — called The Flying Toad (in reference to a nickname given to Brandon by his grandpa when he was younger). Takeout and delivery orders can be placed by visiting theflyingtoad.com.
“Our goal is to simply ensure that the community of Escondido has access to delicious, high-quality comfort food that’s affordable,” said McBrearty, who has a bone to pick with “hr” as she serves as restaurateur, prep cook and janitor. “Not everyone is looking for a fine dining at-home at the moment. We plan to meet our customers’ needs with The Flying Toad.”
The menu will include Kobe beef sesame burgers, chicken pot pie and grilled short rib burritos, to name a few. And, of course, there will be to-go cocktails and desserts as well, like those that are becoming increasingly popular at Hunsaker at Vincent’s. For those craving more traditional French food, there are signature frog legs and a ‘dip me duo’: balsamic glazed grilled portobellos on a sandwich roll with French onion soup on the side. One particular stand-out item is the bbq pork biscuit sandwiches. These are classic breakfast items that hail from the south, popularized most recently by packed to the gills Biscuithead and Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit.
“We’ll be able to better serve our community and to keep our wonderful executive chef busy during this hopefully brief period of time,” McBrearty said. “Our main objective is to serve our community and keep our restaurant family working.”’
About Hunsaker at Vincent’s
A decades-old staple of French cuisine in downtown Escondido, Hunsaker at Vincent’s (formerly Vincent’s on Grand) is a fine neighborhood eatery on a 3,500-square-foot lot, and holds one of only seven existing full liquor licenses in the area. Before the shutdown, Hunsaker at Vincent’s served dinner with brunch to come in the near future. Other projected additions (once everything is back to normal) include pop-up dinners and wine-tasting. Hunsaker at Vincent’s will also keep the catering program started by Vincent called The Private Hire. Hunsaker at Vincent’s is located at 113 W Grand Ave, Escondido and currently has special hours of Tuesday-Saturday 4-8pm for takeout. For more information or to place an order, visit https://vincentsongrand.com/. Orders placed via website can be locally delivered or picked up curbside.