An Apple A Day

Volturnus Cocktail at Waterbar
Volturnus Cocktail at Waterbar (courtesy photo)

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! As if you needed more reasons to gorge on the sweet and versatile fruit, apple season is in full-swing, and San Diego’s restaurant scene is all about it. Check out what these local eateries are whipping up with apple-infused dishes and drinks suited to the season!

Pacific Beach AleHouse is a known neighborhood staple, touting house brews matched with high-caliber bites honed for the city’s foodies. Bask in the location’s dreamy beach allure as you warm up with their East Coast Cider, infused with Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, fresh apple cider and fall spiced syrup, paired with a plate of St. Louis Ribs, glazed in smoked brown sugar and served with au gratin potatoes, Soledad Stout BBQ sauce and crisp apple slaw.

Get your fill of unparalleled ocean views matched with a “social seafood” menu at Waterbar in Pacific Beach. Beloved for its devotion to sustainable seafood and local purveyors, this scenic destination fuses seasonality with its culinary focus to yield dishes like their Octopus Al Pastor, prepared with pineapple-chile marinade, salsa water, apple, jicama, pomegranate, cucumber, radish and Mexican cress. Be sure to pair this with their signature Volturnus, a cocktail brimming with fall flavors such as Crown Royal, rye whiskey, spiced pear liqueur, Bruto Americano, lemon and Golden Delicious cider.

Best known for its lively brunch scene and stand-out morning fare, Fig Tree Café brings garden-style flair to all three of its locations in Pacific Beach, Hillcrest and Liberty Station. Dive right into apple season with their Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Sautéed Apples French Toast. Showcasing a resplendent medley of flavors reminiscent of a holiday pie, this delectable dish pairs seamlessly with their charming aesthetic and welcoming vibes.

Embarking on a journey through San Diego’s vibrant Gaslamp District? Be sure to stop by barleymash to quell your seasonal apple cravings with their Pretzels N’ Dip. Get your dip fix with a spread of housemade garlic-butter pretzels, carrot sticks, celery sticks, apples, poblano beer-cheddar sauce and whole grain honey-porter mustard. Paired with the location’s energetic ambiance and trendy draw, you won’t regret stopping by this Gaslamp staple!

Woodstock’s Pizza is best known for serving up quality pies with innovative twists on the classics, so it should come as no surprise that this local pizza haven touts their Cinnabread, a decadent dessert pizza that comes smothered in brown sugar, cinnamon and icing, with the option to add strawberries, blueberries, bacon, caramelized pecans, and, you guessed it, apples! Be sure to get there while they’re still offering their limited-time topping, and everyone’s favorite spread… Nutella!

Seeking something lighter in preparation for holiday feasts? Head to Route 29 in the Gaslamp District, and delight in farm-to-table cuisine served in a rustically chic environment indicative of its California Wine Country inspiration. Order their Kale & Raisin Salad, and experience farm-fresh flavors from market apples, toasted almonds and raspberry yogurt emulsion, a crisp and balanced array of ingredients that pair seamlessly with apple season.