Inspired by Whisknladle Hospitality Owner Arturo Kassel and Culinary Director/Partner Ryan Johnston after their two-week, 1,400-mile road trip through Italy, this innovative 3,750-square-foot restaurant, with an expansive patio and outdoor bar space, puts diners right near the ocean and within walking distance of shopping.
Let’s face it, with each year, comes a new standard. The stakes get higher, the competition soars, and once again the bar is set higher. Have you ever wondered which San Diego restaurants are pushing these limits, shattering standards, and mastering the art of the dining scene? Look no further than these six restaurants that are, once again, raising the bar.
This prime piece of North Park real estate, Encontro , has people raving about the chic and sleek interior and relaxed atmosphere. Adorned with wood and metal accents, LED lighting, big windows and trendy barstools, the design is enough to get you in the door. Once you’re there, enjoy your choice of 21 rotating craft beers or hard root beer, while satisfying your early or late-night food cravings with one of their signature sausage plates, portobello fries, or a fresh and hearty salad.
America is rooted in giving people freedom of choice, and why should craft beer be any different? Barrel Republic has mastered this concept of self-serve with their “Freedom to Pour” motto, freedom to compare, and freedom to be amongst other like-minded craft beer enthusiasts. This is not your typical bar. At Barrel Republic in Pacific Beach or Oceanside, you are your own bartender and can sample from over 40 different rotating taps that line the wall of this vintage barrel-themed bar.
Located on the 12th floor of the 5th Avenue Financial Center building, experience modern American food with French and Mediterranean influences at Bertrand at Mister A’s. Just minutes from downtown, this stunning fine dining penthouse restaurant is light and bright with floor-to-ceiling windows boasting panoramic views of San Diego Bay, Balboa Park, Coronado, Point Loma, and even the world-famous San Diego Zoo. I love to dine al fresco on the heated outdoor patio. Offering a seasonal and revolving menu, Chef de Cuisine Stéphane Voitzwinkler sources all of his produce from Chino Farms in Rancho Santa Fe and varies his seafood use based on what is available from local purveyors. While French ingredients and techniques dominate, Voitzwinkler’s German influence makes itself evident in his dish of Maine Lobster “Strudel” with Cognac Lobster Sauce and Forest Mushrooms. Light and simple preparations that offer a refined elegance include the Traditional Style Escargot, Soft-Shell Crab or Sautéed Maine Scallops.
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The Duck Dive: Kick off March Madness with The Duck Dive! On March 17th and 18th, the seaside eatery will open at 9:00 a.m. to show all of the games. The neighborhood spot serves daily breakfast and brunch as well as $17.50 bottomless mimosas and $3.50 Bloody Buddies. With a drinking program that features a rotating lineup beers and an extensive specialty cocktail menu, it’s the perfect place to catch a game while striking up a conversation with friends.
Adding to San Diego’s culinary scene, Grant Grill’s Jeff Josenhans, the only person in the U.S. to hold three of the beer, wine and spirits industries most highly esteemed titles: Certified Sommelier, Certified Cicerone and Mixologist has already created several “firsts” within the spirits industry and is embarking on yet another new cocktail project that’s sure to surprise and delight.
Josenhans’ is launching his new seasonal cocktails with the theme, “Around the World in Five Drinks,” which will release in mid-May 2015 and includes five cocktails that bring rare, unique and worldly spirits to San Diego. He has carefully created the following inspired cocktails that will take tasters on a trip around the world:
“Far East Fizz For Two” – This Asian-fusion craft cocktail features Byejoe (artfully distilled in the East using the finest red sorghum, and skillfully refined in the West using revolutionary patented technology—resulting in an alluring ultra premium spirit that’s smooth and sophisticated for contemporary tastes), Five Spice Palm Sugar, Jasmine Pearls Green Tea, Lime and a splash of soda.
Mustangs and Burros at Estancia La Jolla marries deep tradition with modern sensibility
Accommodating an equestrian estate and training facility in the mid-1900s, the current property honors original Spanish architecture and furnishings of early-California life. Wood-beamed ceilings, adobe walls and wrought-iron fixtures are prominent throughout the estate. This hotel is certified green and is committed to saving the environment though extensive practices to lower its carbon footprint.
Thoughts of your stressful day dissolve quickly as you stroll along the winding paths filled with Southern California vegetation and dimly-lit candles. It isn’t difficult to locate the signature dining destination, as voices and laughter rise through the air, generated by happy patrons warming themselves in front of the adobe fire pit outside, or cozy fireplace in the dining room. Enter Mustangs & Burros, the warm and vibrant culinary centerpiece of Estancia, boasting finesse and beauty as well as an inspired menu by Executive Chef Kim Kramer.