December Meals Diary, San Diego Version

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It has been twelve months of digging into the San Diego meals scene whereas sharing my favourite restaurant locations with my loyal readers every month. A whole yr has come and gone and my listing of the place to dine subsequent continues to develop. This yr has been an unbelievable journey of many meals shared with family members, making recollections round a desk crammed with scrumptious meals, and even higher conversations. My household has now lived in San Diego for 2 years and 4 months, and someway we by no means appear to have the ability to run out of issues to do, locations to discover, or consuming institutions to go to. Formally, the honeymoon part needs to be over, but I proceed to fall deeply in love with “America’s Most interesting Metropolis”. Maybe in 2024 I can divert from highlighting nice eating places and concentrate on the distinctive experiences that this magical metropolis gives… or each? Neither? Let me know what you, my superior subscribers, wish to see extra of within the upcoming yr. Within the meantime, handle yourselves, love each other, and eat effectively!

Seneca Trattoria (Downtown)

I am keen on the whole lot about this stylish Roman-influenced rooftop restaurant. The sultry scene exudes sophistication, making it a super spot for a Saturday evening date spot.

execs: nice ambiance, attentive wait workers, lovely views

cons: downtown parking unattainable (valet on the Intercontinental for $10)

should order: arancini and the bistecca alla fiorentina

Blue Whale (La Jolla)

I am thrilled to have this cute, new seashore cafe in my yard. Not solely is the vibe extraordinarily charming, nevertheless it additionally pumps out tremendous inventive breakfast and lunch objects which can be wholesome.

execs: quaint, neighborhood eatery paying homage to summers in New England and a singular menu crammed with choices which can be good in your physique

cons: order on the counter, will get very crowded on the weekends

should order: smoothie with mango, chamoy, and tajin and the breakfast bowl with hummus, farro, oyster mushrooms, crispy garlic chips, and goat cheese topped with a fried egg

Madison (College Heights)

Bustling, loud, and FUN, Madison is a good alternative for an evening in town with mates. The menu serves flavorful Mediterranean fare amidst reside music in a smooth setting.

execs: vigorous, nice service, and stable meals

cons: for those who’re delicate to noise, this is not the place for you

should order: the leaping cholla cocktail is excellent (mezcal, pineapple, lime, jalapeno, foam, and black salt) and the waffle churro sticks for dessert

Pepino Pop Up (Windandsea)

Chef Sebastian has a stellar resume working in among the greatest kitchens, together with Eleven Madison Park in NYC. He’s on a mission to open his first restaurant and whereas he hunts for the right house, he’s working out of “pop-up” kitchens. His most up-to-date stint was out of a house in Windandsea. On the Saturday morning that I checked out Pepino, the road wrapped across the block. We waited one hour and fifteen minutes for our flip on the counter solely to seek out out that one of many three savory menu choices couldn’t have the meat omitted. For sure, I used to be pissed off. I do not do traces, and I would not wait on this line once more, though the meals was actually good. Seeing the younger, well-dressed, hip crowd linger and listening to the neighbors ask “What is going on on this home?” made the wait an entertaining expertise.

execs: really feel such as you’re “within the know” by signing up for the publication HERE to seek out out the place Sebastian can be serving out of subsequent

cons: lengthy traces, restricted menu (3 savory and a couple of candy choices), weak chilly brew

should order: brekky membership sammy with sesame brioche, steamed egg, american cheese, arugula, tomato pepper jam, and dijonnaise and the apple cider espresso cake

Cori Pastificio Trattoria (North Park)

Romantic involves thoughts once I consider this Sicilian trattoria that proudly serves freshly made pasta ready every day. The heated patio is stuffed with appeal and so is an indoor desk by the window, or higher but – snatch a seat on the marble counter and watch because the kitchen works its wonders.

execs: genuine Italian eatery serving scrumptious Italian fare

cons: a 4 % surcharge added to the invoice

should order: the califano cocktail is divine (black pepper rum infusion, vermouth rosso, angostura, and smoked rosemary), the arancini, and the pistachio-encrusted sea bass

And that is a wrap 2023! If you would like to assessment the yr at a look you’ll be able to click on on every month’s featured eating places beneath:












On my listing for 2024: Solare, Dija Mara, Campfire, Ken Sushi, Sushi Gaga, Ricky Sushi, The Rose Wine Bar, Craft and Commerce, Room 50 six, Valle, Jeune et Jolie, Valentina, Hitokuchi, Younger Blood, Well mannered Provisions Bar, Noble Experiment, Hane Sushi, Parc Bistro, Cowboy Star, Uncommon Society.

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