Finding Coleslaw

Wood Ranch Original Peanut Coleslaw (courtesy photo)

Although coleslaw is at the pinnacle of Americanized side dishes served at BBQ’s, picnics and any other gathering in need of a veggie-based dish, this side actually has Dutch roots. Stemming from the word “koolsla,” meaning cabbage salad, coleslaw has evolved into a rudimentary side dish of sorts, with a wide range of variations that are indicative of family recipes and southern-inspired flavors that can make or break a Homestyle meal. Celebrate this timeless side that has graced the plates of Americans for centuries at these San Diego restaurants.

A BBQ hotspot nestled in eclectic Hillcrest, Brazen BBQ houses a western-style atmosphere adorned in rustic fixtures with cozy features. Enjoy a Bolt’s Build-Your-Own Platter, with your choice of two meats and two regular sides. Be sure to make one of those sides their Tangy Coleslaw, prepared with a special house recipe that yields tangy flavor with crisp veggies.

BBQ on the mind in Mission Valley? Head over to Wood Ranch, a warm and modern-rustic setting boasting a menu brimming with BBQ classics. Enjoy one of their signature dishes accompanied by none other than their Original Peanut Coleslaw, a unique intermingling of classic coleslaw ingredients with a peanut twist, for a nutty flavor combination that will complement any dish.

Prefer your coleslaw with fresh seafood? Look no further than Hermosa Beach Fish Shop, a nautical setting suited to delectable coastal dishes loaded with flavor. Order your choice of fish with your favorite marinade, served on a plate with your choice of two sides. Enjoy their housemade Coleslaw, tossed in lightly acidic and creamy dressing characteristic of everyone’s favorite southern style slaw.

A coastally chic eatery in Encinitas, Union Kitchen & Tap offers diverse dishes dashed with thoughtfully honed seasonings. Try their Union Burger, stacked with Brandt beef, tomato jam, smoked bacon and white cheddar, served with a side of Coleslaw, for a hearty meal designed to satisfy.

Seeking a spot near the beach? Pillbox Tavern is a neighborhood hangout in Solana Beach, known for their classically delectable SoCal cuisine and beachy vibes. Order their Pulled Pork Sandwich, made with slow roasted pulled pork tossed in Chef Shelly’s BBQ sauce, topped with coleslaw and onion rings on a brioche bun.