Finding Cranberries

Sapphire Salad at Fig Tree Cafe
Sapphire Salad at Fig Tree Cafe

Winter is upon us which means it’s time for all of the fan favorite ingredients of the season to make their way back into your diet. Not to be missed are cranberries, a staple of the holiday season. Like nature’s candy, they’re sweet and tart, brilliantly bright red and consistently good. Better yet? They’re healthy for you too! Stock up on antioxidants and vitamin C during the holidays. No need to forage for these tiny red gems – some of the most acclaimed San Diego restaurants are serving up some berry delicious dishes with cranberries galore!

Looking for your new go-to tart-tinged dish? Farmer’s Table is your destination for cranberry goodness. Whether you stop by their location at La Mesa or Bay Park, this quaint neighborhood eatery offers an array of dishes, all farm-to-fork ready for you to enjoy! The warm and welcoming decor reflects their vision with vintage Einstein bulbs and rustic chandeliers hanging above. Fresh and locally-sourced organic ingredients are ingeniously blended together to provide you with a meal with unrivaled flavor and quality, and the Cranberry Wild Boar Sausage is an optimal appetizer to start the winter season off right! Savory sausage is paired with soft polenta, caramelized bell peppers, and zesty onions. Talk about a cranberry culinary masterpiece!

Fig Tree Cafe shows off cranberries’ versatility as a great garnish for every plate! Located in Pacific Beach, Hillcrest, and Liberty Station, Fig Tree Cafe’s charming patio decor, makes you feel at home. While sitting under the shaded terrace, relish in the lush vines crawling over the trellis’ and the smiling faces of the community. Cranberries go hand-in-hand with a stellar salad such as the Sapphire Salad, and nothing quite beats crunching into crisp mixed greens, creamy goat cheese, dried cranberries, walnuts, tender chicken, sliced green apples and a lemon-poppyseed dressing, leaving you feeling refreshed for winter with each bite.

Get in the spirit of the season at Route 29, a farm-fresh find ready to give you your daily dose of vitamin Ccranberries, that is! Inspired by California Wine Country cuisine, this downtown rustic- modern restaurant provides luxurious flavors and fluctuating organic ingredients for the season amid elements of wood, iron and copper décor and a trendy open-kitchen design. Treat yourself to a tantalizing dessert with the Apple Cranberry Crumble, a decadent morsel to entice your taste buds with warm vanilla cookie dough, sugary diced apples, cranberries, crumbles, and smooth salted caramel to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Just when you thought cranberries couldn’t get better, they can even do brunch justice! Found in the bustling Gaslamp Quarter, The Smoking Guncreates an urban setting with southern inspired dishes to revolutionize the neighborhood bar concept. Gather together your friend group for a social brunch filled with fantastic food and fun games including ping-pong and shuffleboard. For a sweet twist on breakfast, try out the Bagel French Toast With Vanilla-Agave Cream Cheese! The bagel is filled with pears and cranberries and garnished with a creamy layer of vanilla agave cream cheese, served alongside sizzling hot applewood-smoked bacon, touting all the makings for a creative cranberry concoction!

Mamma Mia! Who would have thought cranberries could end up in Italian cuisine too? The Haven Pizzeria has found a way to incorporate these trendy bite-sized berries into their menu. Located in the heart of Kensington, this pizzeria invites you to relax with comfy seating, contemporary décor and some of the best Neapolitan-style pizzas, salads and Italian sandwiches in San Diego. The Spinach Salad is a superb option that’s light but hearty, so you’re guaranteed to be satisfied with this medley of fresh spinach, arugula, chewy dried cranberries, crunchy roasted walnuts and crumbly goat cheese, doused with homemade Italian dressing.

Answer the call of the cranberry craze at La Catrina Tapas & Cantina, North Park’s newest Baja California-inspired eatery! Featuring a vibrant and colorful interior that accurately represents their bold Baja fare in each and every one of their dishes, La Catrina celebrates the many unique ingredients of land and sea to create one-of-a-kind flavor combinations. Dive into a shareable plate of Wild Mushrooms, served piping hot in a cazuela-style bowl with rich sautéed portobello mushrooms, fragrant garlic, tart cranberry jelly and a red wine sauce for an unforgettable dish!

Ditch the classic cranberry sauce and try out these innovative dishes to get your cranberry fix this winter season – you’ll be berry happy you did!