Category Archives: Restaurant Reviews

Don’t Miss The New Fishmonger’s Market

Fresh seafood available for purchase
Located within 57 Degrees, Mission Hills’ wide-ranging wine retail and storage facility, Fishmonger’s Market is San Diego’s call for an honest, European-style fish market and dining destination.

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Sushi Rocks An Attitude At Wrench and Rodent

Wahoo in Burnt Beet BBQ Sauce

Considered one of the most innovative sushi restaurants in North County, sushi rocks an attitude at Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub.

Tuna Nigiri with Baked Apple
Local Yellowtail with Beet Relish

Owner and chef Davin Waites’s approach is unconventional, resulting in complex flavors that keep diners coming from all parts of Southern California.

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Nick & G’s Is Big Draw In Rancho Santa Fe

Mussels Brodetto: green lipped mussels, garlic, white wine, and herb bread crumbs.

Savor unique Mediterranean/Italian food at Nick & G’s, nestled in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. Choose from an enticing selection of signature flatbreads and pastas, as well as meat and seafood dishes.

Calamari Gremolata with lemon caper aioli and checca sauce.

Enjoy the restaurant’s warm and inviting dining room, or a seat on their cozy outdoor patio. With Executive Chef Brian Freerksen heading up the kitchen, Nick & G’s satisfies every discriminating palate.

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Artsy Comfort Food at Union Kitchen & Tap

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Crawfish Popcorn

Grab a barstool when you can, because this Encinitas hangout has become the talk of the town.

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Farmhouse Meatballs: 3 Housemade Meatballs, Stewed Tomato Broth, Ricotto Pesto and Garlic Bread

Under the guidance of Executive Chef Michael Lina of Union Kitchen & Tap in Encinitas, dinner is relaxing, yet somewhat elaborate, boasting artsy comfort food in a lively environment.

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Officine Buona Forchetta Is Hot New Restaurant

Burrata Sorrentina

Recently, I was in Italy dining with Master Italian Chef Mario Cassineri. No wait, I was actually at Officine Buona Forchetta in Liberty Station, which is located in the Point Loma community of San Diego. Cooking from the heart, Cassineri serves up simple but universal dishes that remind me of my Italian home, initiating comfort food memories that will last a lifetime.

Salmon Salad

Restaurant founder Matteo Cattaneo joined forces with Cassineri (executive chef and partner of BiCE), to launch Officine Buona Forchetta. Driven by authentic Italian-inspired dishes, the menu draws from the original Buona Forchetta location in South Park, including their hard to beat Neapolitan-style pies, as well as upscale Northern Italian entree and dessert selections overseen by chefs Mario Cassineri, Francesca Peroncelli and Fernando Gorrino. 

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Visit Eddie V’s

Crab Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp “Oreganata Style” and Steak and Lobster

A jewel over the sparkling Pacific Ocean, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood in La Jolla offers 180-degree views of the most magnificent coastal location available in San Diego. Striking architectural lines and chic modern décor are the backdrop for diners seeking a special experience. The La Jolla location is unique because it is located at the old Green Dragon Colony, La Jolla’s founding colony. This is a historic writer’s association in La Jolla. The bar area, raised above the main dining room, features a small fireplace that has been there for centuries. Continue reading Visit Eddie V’s

Passion For Excellence At Pacifica Del Mar

Lemongrass Poached Shrimp Cocktail

One of the first modern restaurants to open in the Del Mar Plaza, this local favorite has won awards yearly for its impeccable California cuisine, contemporary style, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Pan Roasted Seabass

Executive Chef David Burke and his kitchen team offer a passion for excellence that keeps Pacifica maintaining its 25 plus year success. “We don’t rest on our laurels, and constantly seek to improve,” he says. ” Our guests know they’ll be taken care of, and that they’ll experience something familiar and surprising at the same time.”

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Farmer’s Bottega Delivers Rustic Mediterranean Food

Hearts of Artichoke with parsley beurre blanc served with Manchego rosemary focaccia.

Embracing the beauty of simplicity, Farmer’s Bottega in Mission Hills is a unique neighborhood eatery focused on delivering farm-to-table rustic Mediterranean food.

Burnt Carrot Salad with avocado, red onion, cilantro, feta, and citrus thyme vinaigrette.

Upon entering the intimate eatery, the vintage décor creates a farmhouse ambiance.  From a treadle sewing machine to a 40-year-old table-top recovered from the ocean, the warm details of this restaurant radiate authenticity. The Edison bulbs, dimly glowing from iron chandeliers and hallowed wine barrels, produce a welcoming and familiar atmosphere.  

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Roll With It At Ken Sushi Workshop

Hula Roll
Hula Roll

Don’t miss this Japanese fusion restaurant in the Carmel Valley neighborhood of San Diego where Chef Ken offers unique sushi roll presentations.

Ken Sushi
Ahi Special

Tucked away in an unassuming business park near the I-5 and 56 interchange is one of the more impressive sushi establishments in Southern California.  

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Savor Italian Cuisine at Dolce At The Highlands

Stonefruit Salad

Dolce at the Highlands in the Village of Pacific Highlands Ranch just off Highway 56 and Carmel Valley Road boasts a sophisticated ambiance paired with a unique energetic vibe. Diners can enjoy traditional Italian American cuisine in a comfortable setting surrounded by quality design.

Crispy Fried Baby Artichoke Hearts

Dolce’s Executive chef Rhoelle Gabriel offers made from scratch specialties from ingredients sourced locally or directly from Italy. “We try to keep our dishes interesting and different,” she says. “I just want to create great  tasting food!”

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Full-On Foodies Flock To The Cork and Craft

1st course. Strawberry Burrata Tartine: sourdough, caviar, mint pesto, and compressed strawberry radish.

With a menu that strikes an edible equilibrium of bar food with steady entrées that attract full-on foodies, Executive chef Scott Cannon is changing the way people think about dinner at The Cork and Craft.  “The best thing about being a chef is having something that is constantly pushing me to be better everyday, ” he says. “I  love teaching and expressing myself through food.”

2nd course. Heirloom Tomato Salad: sun dried tomato biscuit, ramp pesto, arugula, and basil ricotta purée.

Cannon attended the Institute of Technology Culinary Arts program, but his hands-on training came from Paul McCabe and the culinary team he worked with at Kitchen 1540; his first kitchen job in San Diego.

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Fine Dining Fun At Sally’s Fish House & Bar

Crab Cakes: Jumbo Lump Crab, Lemon Basil Aioli, and Mango-Avocado Relish.

Bordering Seaport Village, Sally’s Fish House & Bar is a modern-looking restaurant, decked out with high ceilings, numerous windows, and granite countertops, further complemented with dark woods, black accents, and work from local artists adoring the walls.

Sweet Hawaiian Roll: Crab, Cucumber, Shrimp Tempura, Avocado Topped with Spicy Tuna, Sweet Sauce, Crunchy Flake, Scallion, and Tobiko.

Grab a seat at one of the high-top tables with an up-close and personal view of the marina. “I love the view around dusk when the lights come on the Coronado Bridge,” says General Manager John Anastasopoulos. “The buildings light up in the background, and the colors from the sunset in the west turn the sky orange.”

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Mendocino Farms Opens In Del Mar

Mary’s “Not So Fried” Chicken Sandwich

Mendocino Farms, Southern California’s beloved sandwich destination with a mission of helping guests “Eat Happy,” is pleased to announce the company’s further integration into San Diego’s dining landscape with the opening of its 16th and largest restaurant location to-date in the highly-trafficked Del Mar Highlands Town Center. The opening comes roughly eight months after the growing brand first entered the San Diego market with the debut of its La Jolla location.

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