Despite San Diego’s proximity to the ocean and the fantastic Mexican food just south of the border, short ribs are stealing the spotlight at many local eateries. The rise in popularity comes as no surprise; this tender dish is packed with flavor and slides off the bone. Head to these six San Diego restaurants cooking up some the best short rib dishes in town.
Carmel Valley’s newest addition, WESTROOT tavern, is firmly rooted in a culture that encompasses fresh food that is infused with Southern California style. Stop by for dinner and try the All Natural Short Rib. Juicy short ribs in a demi-glaze with roasted potatoes, garlic bok choy, snap peas and chives. This dish will warm you right up with its rich demi-glaze.
Known for alcohol-infushed dishes, barleymash in the beating heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, has a beer-infused short rib dish. The Stout-Braised Short Ribs are braised for hours and served over a bed of arugula-mashed potatoes and roasted farmhouse veggies topped with crispy tobacco onions with a horseradish-coffee demi glaze. Deliciously satisfying and filling, this dish will have you coming back for more.
In San Diego, one-of-a-kind eateries go above and beyond to bring truly authentic cuisine from around the world to America’s Finest City. You’ll be transported to Mexico, Chile, France and Italy after seeing four of San Diego’s most notable chefs with rich cultural back stories that have contributed to some of the best local bites from around the world.
Taking inspiration from the rich cultures of Latin America, Sirena Cocina Latina welcomes guests to venture down the Baja coast and beyond with exquisite, protein-packed plates created by Chilean chef, Jaime Chavez. Chef Chavez comes from a long lineage of Chilean bakers, went to Chile’s oldest culinary university and was iconic Chef Montse Estruch’s apprentice at Spanish Le Cingle Restaurant. Each item on Sirena’s menu is made with locally-sourced ingredients, contributing to the freshness of hand-crafted dishes such as Octopus, Tiraditos, Tostadas and Ceviches.
Built on the roots of generations of Mexican families, Bracero Cocina de Raiz transports its guests to an authentic Mexican kitchen right down to the home-made tortillas. Renowned executive chef and owner, Javier Plascencia, is no stranger to south-of-the-border tastes having being called the “Figurehead of Baja Cuisine” and “Master of the New Tijuana.” His Bracero menu is just as authentic as his background, featuring refined plates rooted in tradition such as Shrimp & Bone Marrow Sopes and Carrot Aguachile.
Two slices of bread and a world of possibilities in-between, give these places a chance and they’ll make the finest sandwiches you’ve ever seen!
The lively California eatery, Fig Tree Café Pacific Beach is serving up California-style sandwiches. The Grilled Turkey Sandwich, is piled high with turkey, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, cheddar and mozzarella cheese on grilled sourdough with garlic aioli. It doesn’t get any more California than this sandwich!
In one of San Diego’s most trendy neighborhoods, you will find Encontro. Whipping up house-made, custom grinds on an open-flame grill; you know sandwich magic is happening in the kitchen. Mary’s Chicken Sandwich made with all-natural chicken breast topped with parmigiana-reggiano, heirloom tomato, arugula on a ciabatta roll with white balsamic vinaigrette and basil aioli spread. This chic eatery is bringing back classic American food.
What sounds better than your favorite ground meat combined perfectly together with salt and unique spices? Absolutely nothing! The beloved and well-known sausage is an American crowd favorite and whether you like your sausage nestled in a bun, mixed in with your main dish, or on a cutting board paired with sauces, these bad boys are loaded with big time flavor ready to be discovered. The best part is that these San Diego restaurants have you fully covered in the flavor department, serving up the juiciest sausage dishes in town and redefining your idea of a proper sausage.
These San Diego restaurants have made it easy for foodies alike to indulge in delicious low-cal eats without compromising flavor. Strap on your sandals and open up that appetite because these dishes will have you looking in tip-top shape without too much effort on your part.
At Farmer’s Bottega, customers need not to worry about quality because everything offered at this dynamic eatery uses fresh and sustainable local ingredients. Their menu embraces a mix of traditional Italian and American-organic cuisine, reassuring clients that recipes and handcrafted creations will definitely please every taste bud. Best of all, staying healthy at this spot won’t be too difficult especially when they offer amazingly-nutritious options like the Stay Fit Omelet. This flavorful omelet is prepared with egg whites, mushrooms, fresh spinach, roasted garlic, and herb goat cheese, folded into a fluffy blanket of scrumptiousness, and served hot for your munching pleasures. What better way to start the day than with juicy ingredients that are good and good for you!
Spend an evening outside and have dinner under the stars on the beautiful Farmer’s Bottega patio, and enjoy one of their new farm-to-fork menu items.
Menu items are characterized as Modern Americana-Italiano cuisine, and include a simple Heirloom Tomato Flatbread to Flat Iron Pork. Farmer’s Bottega also offers a wide variety of all-natural dishes, sure to satisfy every palate. Pair your dish with a glass of wine off of the extensive wine list that highlights vinos from the vineyards of Napa Valley to the rolling hills of Tuscany and everywhere in between.