Considered a “fast-casual organic restaurant,” Tender Greens is a great place to experience slow food at an affordable price. A significant hallmark for Tender Greens is its established partnerships with local ranchers and purveyors, as well as a handful of small local farms that use sustainable farming practices. Popular favorites include the Happy Vegan Salad, roasted Roma tomato soup and herb-brushed albacore. Tender Greens has several locations in the Southern California region, with plenty of tasteful and nutritious meals available for dining in or taking home.
In a modest location on a corner in Sorrento Mesa, Gary Parker, owner of the WineSellar and Brasserie, encourages diners to loosen their ties in his cozy and comfortable restaurant, offering artful plates boasting innovative California French cooking par excellence.
Not only is the service impeccable and precise at this long time eatery, Parker has built the menu around homemade, seasonal, and locally grown ingredients, offering a unique spin on American classics. A small kitchen is proof that ingredients can only be stored and used fresh daily. The only thing that is not made at the restaurant is the bread, which comes from St. Tropez Bakery.
The Lobster Tartine BLT, richly tastes of avocado butter paired with apple wood smoked bacon, melted leeks, roasted tomatoes and garlic aioli. On the advice of Parker, we savored Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards, Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2008 with this dish. “This is a good one,” says Parker. “It’s oaky, ripe, and meant for early consumption.”
Mustangs and Burros at Estancia La Jolla marries deep tradition with modern sensibility
Accommodating an equestrian estate and training facility in the mid-1900s, the current property honors original Spanish architecture and furnishings of early-California life. Wood-beamed ceilings, adobe walls and wrought-iron fixtures are prominent throughout the estate. This hotel is certified green and is committed to saving the environment though extensive practices to lower its carbon footprint.
Thoughts of your stressful day dissolve quickly as you stroll along the winding paths filled with Southern California vegetation and dimly-lit candles. It isn’t difficult to locate the signature dining destination, as voices and laughter rise through the air, generated by happy patrons warming themselves in front of the adobe fire pit outside, or cozy fireplace in the dining room. Enter Mustangs & Burros, the warm and vibrant culinary centerpiece of Estancia, boasting finesse and beauty as well as an inspired menu by Executive Chef Kim Kramer.