Sweet, savory and somewhere in between – pecans are the stars of the show when it comes to desserts, salads, main meals and more! April 14th marks National Pecan Day, a day to let your favorite pecan dishes take center stage in honor of the only native tree nut to North America. It may seem nutty, but pecans have many amazing health benefits, including helping with cardiovascular and digestive health. Not to mention, they’re downright delicious, which gives you all the more reason to crack into your National Pecan Day celebrations with these dishes from local restaurants!
Fun and student-oriented Woodstock’s Pizza serves up more than their delicious, hand-tossed pies. Dedicated to offering the highest quality ingredients, crisp salads and decadent desserts as part of their ultimate pizza experience, this Pacific Beach and College Area eatery goes the extra mile when it comes to their menu. With a wide selection of salads and more, there’s a dish for every taste! For a fresh lunch or dinner option, order the Strawberry Fields Salad, made with field fresh greens, topped with feta, caramelized pecans, and freshly sliced, organic strawberries, all drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. End on a nutty high note with the Cinnabread, a warm dessert pie, smothered with brown sugar, cinnamon and icing, and ask to add the caramelized pecans for an extra sweet crunch.
With classic breakfast and lunch dishes that feature a refreshing Southern California twist, Fig Tree Cafe is serving up local favorites every day of the week in Pacific Beach, Point Loma and Hillcrest. Uniquely designed to fit each neighborhood niche, Fig Tree Cafe is rooted in creating a genuine dining experience for every hungry brunch-goer. Order up one of the amazing omelets, scrambles or sandwiches, and be sure to indulge your sweet tooth with a side order of the House Made Buttermilk Pecan Coffee Cake. Top the whole feast off with a bottomless cup of Organic Coffee, and you’ll be set for the day ahead!
Make it a pecan-themed meal from start to finish at Wood Ranch in Mission Valley. Home to innovative dishes and homestyle recipes, Wood Ranch leaves no one out when it comes to finding a delicious dining experience! Kick your feast off with a half order of Natalie’s Salad, baby greens tossed with candied pecans, avocado, gorgonzola crumbles, cucumber and balsamic vinaigrette. Move onto the main course with Beef Ribs, smoked over pecan wood and then served with your choice of two sides. The grand finale is the Warm Chocolate Cake: a flourless Guittard chocolate cake, topped with freshly candied pecans, vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream for an unforgettable finish.
Breakfast Republic is raising feathers all over southern California with their unique takes on classic brunch favorites. Characterized by quirky décor, an unpretentious atmosphere and innovative twists on early morning meal staples, Breakfast Republic promises to be an undoubtably fun place to begin the day. It’s not all indulgent French toasts at Breakfast Republic though–for a healthier twist on the most important meal of the day, order the BR Granola With Housemade Mixed Berry Yogurt. This delicious dish is made with oats, almonds, pecans, peanut butter chips, craisins and topped with seasonal fruit for light and refreshing flavor with every bite.
Found in the bustling Gaslamp Quarter, The Whiskey House, recent recipient of the Guinness World Record for the largest commercial inventory of whiskey in the world, also has a great menu of burgers, salads and more. In addition to over 3,000 bottles of unique whiskeys, dozens of craft cocktails and an international selection of beers and wines, The Whiskey House boasts a delectable menu of house made fare for everyone. Try one of their garden fresh salads, like the Chicken Kale, featuring chicken, apples, dried cranberries, pecans, quinoa and lemon vinaigrette. Balance out your main course with the real highlight of the evening: the Pecan-Bourbon Brownie, a house specialty infused with real Angels Envy bourbon and topped with vanilla ice cream!
Newly opened Louisiana Purchase is bringing a serious taste of the south to the North Park neighborhood. Lounge in the modern dining room, or head outside to enjoy the lush patio seating, calling to mind the courtyards of New Orleans. Featuring a rotating food menu dedicated to seasonal ingredients and bold-flavored fare, Louisiana Purchase offers an experience like none other in San Diego. True to their NOLA roots, pecans have a starring role in their Pecan Praline Filet – this decadent entree features a pecan praline filet, served with fried Brussel leaves and a butternut squash puree.
Go nuts on National Pecan Day with these pecan-ccentric dishes that will be both delicious and health-conscious!