Maple, Spice and Everything Nice!

San Diego Food Finds
Route 29 Creme Brulee Dessert

Fall is a period of transition. Whether that means carving pumpkins or adding the flavor to your morning latte, everyone is preparing for the days of maple, spice and everything nice. This year, challenge yourself to step beyond the world of cinnamon rolls and apple cider. Put on your coziest sweater and go experience bold new flavors that will have you fall-ing head over heels!

Warm up with some Roasted Corn and Green Chili Chowder at The Smoking Gun in downtown San Diego. The welcoming atmosphere and lively decor will keep your heart as warm as the soup in your belly! For even more spice, check out the Brisket Tacos made with Brandt Beef brisket, fresno green chile slaw and spicy bbq mustard. Or make yourself at home with The Smoking Gun’s TV dinner option. Select one meat and two sides from the menu to build your ideal fall meal. Between theirHomemade Stuffing, with scratch-made mushroom gravy, Baked Mac n’ Cheese, Baby Back Ribs and Smoked Pulled Pork, you can’t go wrong with any choice!

Craving some wine while you dine? Check out Route 29’s extensive wine selection and enjoy a glass, or bottle, from over 150 selections. Add some European flair to the evening with a plate of Ratatouille while you’re at it. There’s no better way to savor fall vegetables than grilled with spinach fettuccine and roasted tomato! For citrus lovers, consider indulging in the Rosemary Crème Brulée dessert. With apple orange walnut chutney, lavender honey, & Meyer lemon flavors, this treat will surely satisfy your sweet tooth and give you a taste of fall.

Chocolate lovers, you have not been forgotten. Wood Ranch has Warm Chocolate Cake covered in candied pecans, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream you’re sure to love. You’ll feel nice and cozy at the Mission Valley spot, with brick walls, warm lighting and comfortable seating! To start the night off right, treat yourself to some Grilled Balsamic Shrimp. Choose from sides such as crispy Brussel Sprouts or Smashed Sweet Potatoes to complete the meal.

If ramen is the fall dish you are craving, Tajima offers a variety of options -including vegan ones! This restaurant, with five San Diego locations, will appeal to tonkatsu and veggie broth fans alike. To spice things up, try their Spicy Sesame Ramen with spicy ground pork, ramen egg, chives, fried garlic, bean sprouts and noodles. If you’re looking for a late-night snack, stop by during happy hour from Thursday to Saturday, from 10:30 p.m. to 1:15 a.m.

For another ramen option, with small plates to match, stop by Wokou at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley. After all, there’s no such thing as too much ramen! Take advantage of the fall season and enjoy the Zucchini Yakitori as an appetizer or side. Served with yuzu miso sauce and sesame seeds, this dish is guaranteed to be a unique spin on a classic autumn vegetable. Wokou also has rice bowls like the Tonkotsu Braised Pork with braised pork shoulder, housemade Teriyaki, onions, spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, sesame seeds and green onion – so much deliciousness in one bowl!

What are you waiting for? Turn over a new leaf this fall and discover flavors that will give you and your friends pumpkin to talk about for weeks to come.