As the temperatures gradually begin to cool off in the evenings and San Diego says goodbye to another sweltering summer, there seems to be a buzz in the air about all things fall. Pumpkin flavored dishes, football and cozy sweaters in clothing stores are just a few of the autumn items residents have waited all year for. One of the best parts of the seasonal change is welcoming back warm and comforting baked dishes, perfect for any fall night and we’ve rounded up a few spots around town to find those dishes.
Located in the heart of the Gaslamp District, barleymash serves up spins on a deliciously classic Americana menu that you won’t find anywhere else in San Diego. With a menu designed by iconic Executive Chef Kevin Templeton, each dish is carefully crafted using locally grown, organic and sustainable ingredients. Try The Farmhouse, a plate of roasted spaghetti squash served after 5:00 p.m. This healthy and hearty squash is prepared with cherry tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil for an all-around satisfying supper.
The Haven Pizzeria, a quaint food and drink joint found in the Kensington neighborhood, offers a variety of pizzas and pastas all year long. Warm up with their Traditional Lasagna, made with layers of marinara, ricotta, mozzarella, ground beef, mushrooms and onions. The Haven also has an assortment of wines available and we strongly recommend the Sassoregale Sangiovese 2015 Doc, which would pair perfectly with the lasagna for a comfort meal.
Dolce, found within the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley, has grown into a cozy neighborhood favorite. They specialize in Italian California cuisine, made with fresh produce from a local farm, and have a superb wine selection. A seasonally appropriate menu item is the Prime Boneless Beef Short Rib entrée, slow braised and glazed with pastrami spice, horseradish crème fraiche, carrots, beet root and mustard seed. Complete your dinner with a glass of deep red Cabernet Sauvignon, like the 2010 Plumpjack “Adaptation” from Napa.
While pizza doesn’t come to mind for most people when dreaming of their favorite fall meals, The New Yorker, in San Diego’s Gaslamp District is here to change that. As the weather cools and you’re feeling less inclined to want to leave your home after work, the New Yorker will deliver your meal for a $4 fee. Order the Veggie pizza, topped with tons of in-season produce like fresh spinach, caramelized onions, roasted tomato and artichoke. Nothing quite says fall like pizza and a movie night!
The Smoking Gun, a revolutionary spin on the neighborhood bar and restaurant, recently opened on Market Street, and is already the talk of the culinary scene. With creative cocktails, a retro vibe and southern-inspired comfort dishes, tourists and locals alike are flocking to see what it’s all about. As autumn quickly approaches, be sure to visit The Smoking Gun to taste their Duroc Pork Shoulder, smothered in green chili mustard and a side of the seasonal Roasted Brussels. They’re the perfect side, topped with shaved parmesan and barbeque gastrique.