Finding European Inspired Plates

Farmer’s Table Black and white Tagliolini (courtesy photo)

Southern California is known for being one of the top vacation destinations in the nation, and while SoCal has much to offer both locals and visitors alike, there’s nothing like getting out of your comfort zone and travelling to an entirely new country altogether. With Europe Day just around the corner on May 9th, celebrate accordingly by taking your taste buds on a food-fueled, European-inspired trip across the city of San Diego!

Known for their authentic, European-style fish market and unique seafood-inspired dishes, Fishmonger’s Market has quickly become San Diego’s premier destination for fresh seafood paired with an irresistible menu. Travel to Spain without leaving the comfort of the city with Fishmonger’s Paella, a combination of fresh market and smoked fish, shrimp, clams and mussels with saffron infused rice- a fusion of flavors that’s guaranteed to make you feel like you travelled to Europe for the afternoon.

Neighborhood eatery Farmer’s Table brings food-to-fork with locally sourced organic ingredients and a friendly dining atmosphere. Demonstrating a continuous commitment to authentic Sicilian roots, Farmer’s Table brings culture, flavor and fresh cuisine to East County’s city of La Mesa. For a true testament to genuine Italian cooking, try their Black And White Tagliolini. Made bouillabaisse style, Farmer’s table fuses together clams, mussels, prawns and their fish of the day to create a flavorful dish that every Italian grandma would be proud of.

Serving over 2,500 whiskeys along with craft cocktails and an extensive menu of house made cuisine, The Whiskey House is Gaslamp Quarter’s premier whiskey bar. Specializing in house made sausages, fresh ground burgers, exotic cheeses and charcuterie boards, this downtown drinking destination has quickly become a San Diego staple. While The Whiskey House features the largest whiskey collection in California, a European influence can still be seen in dishes like their Lamb Burger, made with cheddar cheese, 1000 island dressing, tzatziki sauce, grilled onions, lettuce and tomato- perfect for mentally sailing the Greek Isles!

Starting its journey in 1949, The Haven Pizzeria has been cooking up traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas for the neighborhood of Kensington and re-inventing some of your favorite Italian dishes. With a combination of eight local rotating beer taps, a warm and inviting atmosphere and great food, The Haven Pizzeria can’t be beat. While pizza is their specialty, every Italian knows that pasta is at the heart of their culture, and with layers of marinara, ricotta, mozzarella, mushrooms, onions and ground beef, the Traditional Lasagna lives up to its name.

Located just steps away from the sand, Pacific Beach AleHouse stands as a world-class Southern California brewery and dining destination. Continuing to offer seasonal variations of various craft beers and cocktails, Pacific Beach AleHouse seamlessly curates a menu showcasing fresh and locally-sourced ingredients that pairs perfectly with each craft brew. A European-inspired foodie vacation wouldn’t be complete without a tribute to one of the United Kingdom’s most iconic dishes, Fish & Chips. Serving up Alaskan cod, caper dill tartar sauce, cocktail sauce and a side of seasoned fries, Pacific Beach AleHouse nails the simple yet flavorful British cuisine.

Another beachy find, Bub’s @ the Beach, is home to great food and drinks in Pacific Beach. Head inside to indulge in their Conan The Bavarian…Pretzel. This baked to order goodie, paired with housemade cheese sauce and sweet whole grain mustard, will have you shouting “Prost!”

Whether your dream travel destination is Italy, Spain, Greece or London, you’ll find authentic and inspired cuisine from all across Europe at these local San Diego hot spots this Europe Day!