The Cork and Craft

Strawberry Burrata Tartine at The Cork and Craft in San Diego
Strawberry Burrata Tartine: sourdough, caviar, mint pesto, and compressed strawberry radish.

With a menu that strikes an edible equilibrium of bar food with steady entrées that attract full-on foodies, Executive chef Scott Cannon is changing the way people think about dinner at The Cork and Craft.  “The best thing about being a chef is having something that is constantly pushing me to be better everyday, ” he says. “I  love teaching and expressing myself through food.”

Heirloom Tomato Salad at The Cork and Craft in San Diego
Heirloom Tomato Salad: sun dried tomato biscuit, ramp pesto, arugula, and basil ricotta purée.

Cannon attended the Institute of Technology Culinary Arts program, but his hands-on training came from Paul McCabe and the culinary team he worked with at Kitchen 1540; his first kitchen job in San Diego.

Kaffir Lime Leaf Seared Ahi at The Cork and Craft in San Diego
Kaffir Lime Leaf Seared Ahi: apricot rice croquette, avocado purée, reduced soy puffed rice, and seaweed salad.

The Cork & Craft is the chef-driven restaurant located inside Abnormal Wine and Beer Co. (Abnormal Company is San Diego’s first and only restaurant, winery and brewery in one).  The menu features Modern California cuisine with an emphasis on French technique.

Stuffed Jidori Chicken at The Cork and Craft in San Diego
Stuffed Jidori Chicken: blue farro, baby carrots, vadouvan parmesan crisp, carrot brown-butter purée, and truffle jus.

In support of local farms and purveyors, Cannon picks out seasonal produce from the Specialty Produce Farmer’s Market truck on a weekly basis. Inventive food creations draw diners for return visits to satisfy their appetites without limitations.

Leek Ash Seared Venison at The Cork and Craft in San Diego
Leek Ash Seared Venison: roasted garlic gratin, green garlic purée, king trumpet baby squash, and honey mustard jus.

The large dining room features an open-air kitchen where guests can see the culinary team at work. The restaurant ambiance is relaxed and comfortable, however the cuisine is prepared with an unexpected sophisticated twist and approachable price point that would rank at any upscale restaurant.

Cherry Pie at The Cork and Craft in San Diego
Cherry Pie: chocolate swirled crème fraîche ice cream, dark chocolate ganache, thyme infused cherries, and pie crust.

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