The United States Department of Agriculture has dubbed September as National Mushroom Month… and for a good reason! Mushrooms are full of health benefits, including increased nutrition absorption and bone strength. Celebrate this month by visiting local San Diego restaurants that prove ‘shrooms are extraordinarily-delicious when incorporated into everyday sandwiches!
Encontro is a North Park neighborhood hub focused on craft dishes with authentic ingredients. Their Portobello Mushroom sandwich, carefully-crafted with basil aioli, sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, sweet peppers and Swiss cheese all on a French roll, is no exception! Pair it with their crispy, fried Portobello fries with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano for a National Mushroom Month with a kick.
“Good food. No Bull,” the motto for Brazen BBQ really says it all. Located on Washington Street in Hillcrest, this eatery is all about true southern smokehouse cooking with flair. Get your ‘shroom fix with the Chicken Portobello Sandwich made with tender pulled chicken, roasted red peppers, Portobello mushrooms and topped with queso fresco and homemade creole remoulade.
Whether you’re vegetarian, gluten-free or celebrating the month of the mushroom, you’re sure to enjoy Fig Tree Café’s Gluten-Free Portobello Panini created by Executive Chef Alberto Morreale. This healthy sandwich features a tender, gluten-free bread crumb crusted Portobello mushroom, Panini-pressed between two slices of gluten-free multigrain bread. Chef Morreale adds wild arugula, hummus, goat and jack cheese and a layer of balsamic glaze for a taste of sweetness.
Just off the N. Coast Highway lies Barrel Republic, a beer-loving restaurant that’s home to some of the freshest ingredients (and recipes) around town. A twist on the traditional French Dip, you’ll want to dig into their Wild Mushroom Dip that’s accompanied by sautéed onions, spinach, vegan mozzarella and mushroom au jus, all served on a perfectly toasted baguette. Best part? Barrel Republic doesn’t have a freezer, so you know it’s fresh!
If you’re in Encinitas this month, make sure to stop by Union Kitchen & Tap for their Portobello sandwich. Crafted with roasted peppers, goat cheese, sherry and caramelized onion jam all on herb focaccia bread, this sandwich has notes of sweet that complement its perfectly sautéed ‘shroom.
These craft sandwiches are sure to turn even the biggest veggie-haters into fungus-loving foodies just in time for National Mushroom Month!