Finding Share Plates

Chicken Pops at Natural Style Chicken
Chicken Pops at Natural Style Chicken

The holiday of brotherly and sisterly love is right around the corner! April 10th marks National Siblings Day, an excellent excuse to grab your bro or sis and dig into split-worthy dishes from around San Diego County. With the voices of mom and dad ringing in your ears reminding you to share with your sib, these plates make it easy to ensure that everyone leaves sated and satisfied. Whether you have one sibling or a whole crowd, grab the friends that have been by your side since birth and celebrate National Siblings Day with these perfectly shareable favorites!

Park 101, an indoor/outdoor dining and relaxing experience located in Carlsbad, is sharing the love with their mouth-watering small plates and boards. A go-to neighborhood hangout spot for family and friends, this pup-friendly, plaza-style eatery is a hit for the whole fam with a variety of dining and drinking options. Grab your sibling and order the Barney Fries, a savory confection made with fries, topped with smoked cheddar cheese sauce, smoked pulled pork, bacon crumbles and avo sauce. If you’re looking for a different type of finger food, order one of Park 101’s Meat & Cheese Boards, or the Truffled Zucchini Chips, featuring fried tempura zucchini, truffle oil, parmesan, salt, pepper and parsley. Lounge on the Tamarack View Deck for an afternoon of sibling hangs and great food!  

Natural Style Chicken is your San Diego hub for all things chicken! A staple Point Loma spot since 1979, this hotspot for Asian fusion fare and homestyle barbecue recently expanded to Hillcrest with fresh rotisserie chicken, ribs, beef and more. With a menu packed with shareable items, or plates made just for one, you’ll find something for everyone. Pair off and try theChicken Pops, your choice of 6 pops in flavors like garlic parmesan, spicy Korean or salt n’ pepper. Move on to fusion–Spicy Korean Chicken Nachos will kick up the heat and are the perfect plate to split. Finish off the meal with a unique bang by ordering the Korean Pancake Ice Cream!

Home to choices the whole family will love, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza is sure to become a fan favorite. A longstanding San Diego eatery for 30 years, Sammy’s brings authentic woodfired pies to the plate matched with the appetizer variety menu of your wildest dreams. Plus, if you visit during their daily Happy Hour, from 4 to 6 pm, their extensive shareables menu is half off! Try hits like the Pork Dumplings, made with cilantro, green onion, tomatoes and ponzu chili sauce, or the Mini Duck Tacos, topped with feta, tomato, napa cabbage and tomato-cilantro cream. For a shareable sweet finish, try the Warm Crisp Mini Donuts, that are anything but mini when it comes to taste.

Barrel Republic has locations all over San Diego County, meaning that it won’t be too far for any of the siblings to drive. Featuring serve-yourself beer taps and delectable shareable menu items, it’ll be smiles all around! The innovative self-pour tap system promises an unbeatable selection of coveted craft brews, all perfect for pairing with all-American bar fare from burgers and sandwiches to greens and flatbreads. Your bro or sis will love to share the Potato Barrels, which are parmesan-crusted and served with truffled chimichurri, and the whole table will dig right into the Chile Dusted Crispy Pickle Chips, served with cayenne dip.

Conveniently located at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, Westroot Tavern focuses on fresh and Southern California inspired food. Offering fresh and inspired food with some serious Southern California style, this Carmel Valley destination pairs handcrafted cocktails with San Diego cuisine from land and sea to be enjoyed in their modern, open-concept dining room. Try the Crab Cakes, made with blistered shishitoes, meyer lemon aioli, local torpedo onions, long pepper vinaigrette and Thai basil before ordering another round, along with the Pretzel & Dips, featuring a variety of dips, like roasted poblano beer cheese and house honey-dijon mustard. Finally, finish off the snackable feast with the Chorizo Con Queso: house turkey chorizo, shredded oaxaca and jack cheeses, preserved chilies, crema, pico de gallo, fresh guacamole, all served with warm flour tortillas.

Squabbles over the TV remote aside, it’s important to remember why we love our siblings more than anyone! Take time to celebrate with your sibs over shareable plates around the city.