Category archives for: Restaurants

Voulez Vous Bistro in La Jolla Shores prepares for upgrades to ‘true’ French cuisine

Tuna Wrap features a spinach tortilla stuffed with seared ahi, Wakame (an edible brown seaweed), tomatoes, chives and romaine

A hungry beachgoer might not expect to find a French restaurant nearly hidden among a sea of surf-themed businesses in La Jolla Shores.
But that’s all about to change if everything goes according to plan, said Voulez Vous Bistro propriétaire Christian Malécot. Hoping to make the eatery more prominent, Malécot intends to make a handful of upgrades, including expansion and a change in theme.
“A restaurant is all about the ambiance, service and the food,” he said.

Something old is new at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe: It’s Morada Restaurant

Golden Beet Salad with slices of citrus, white balsamic vinegar and Humboldt Fog cheese

The space that was formerly a ballroom at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe was recently converted into Morada, an elegant and sophisticated restaurant that still manages to be comfortably casual and welcoming. Vacationing families clad in jeans and T-shirts mingle with local residents gussied up for date night, dining on locally sourced California cuisine that’s suitable for all tastes.

Find Mexican fare with Old World flare at Alfonso’s of La Jolla

The Appetizer Tray includes beef-and-cheese quesadillas, carne asada flautas, grilled steak and vegetables, and shrimp upon request. Photos by Kelley Carlson

After spending years working in the restaurant industry, Alfonso Fierro had a desire to put some new ideas on the table. Not getting the response he wanted from his employers, he set out to introduce the San Diego area to his own creations. Forty-two years later, his restaurant, Alfonso’s of La Jolla, still carries on its traditions of homemade cuisine with much of the offerings unchanged over the years. Fierro, who is often at the restaurant, does his best to ensure that guests are welcomed warmly.

On the Menu Recipe: Alfonso’s of La Jolla’s Carne Asada & Camaron Combo

Alfonso’s most popular dish is the Carne Asada and Camaron Combo served wtih rice and beans. Photo by Kelley Carlson

On the Menu Recipe: Alfonso’s of La Jolla’s Carne Asada & Camaron Combo

Sandwiches reach a new high at Fat Sal’s in Pacific Beach

he Fat Sal – named for co-owner Sal Capek -- melds thinly sliced Boar’s Head roast beef, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, fries, brown gravy and mayo on a garlic hero. Photos by Kelley Carlson

When it comes to food from Fat Sal’s, the rule is that there are no rules. Located in the heart of Pacific Beach, this sandwich shop – owned by longtime pals Josh Stone, Sal Capek and Jerry Ferrara (of “Entourage” fame) — brings unconventional sandwich combinations to the table. It’s perhaps best known for its “Fat Sandwiches” — sub rolls that intermix meats, fried foods and assorted condiments — with a bit of New York style.

Plant-based food menus fill the bill at new Veggie Grill in UTC Mall in La Jolla

The Savory Kale Caesar salad consists of a mound of marinated kale, romaine hearts, tempeh bacon, avocado chunks, cucumber, croutons and veggie Parmesan, all tossed in Caesar dressing. It can be paired with the Green Pomegranate organic iced tea. Photos by Kelley Carlson

Fast-casual restaurant chain Veggie Grill has planted roots in San Diego County. On Aug. 22, Westfield UTC became its first location in San Diego, and 20th overall. Business appears to be blooming, as the eatery was full of people on a recent Saturday afternoon.
“We’re very thoughtful about where we decide to open restaurants, focusing on communities containing mindful people who embrace and prefer delicious food that’s better for you,” said Greg Dollarhyde, chief energizing officer for Santa Monica-based Veggie Grill.

Estancia Hotel & Spa in La Jolla debuts Trinitas Wine Bar

Patrons gather at Trinitas bar.

new pairing between a winery and a local resort has come to fruition. Trinitas Cellars and Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa have collaborated to open a freshly redecorated wine bar on the resort’s property with varietals from Trinitas’ Napa Valley vineyard. It’s an expansion of the relationship between Trinitas and Estancia’s sister property, The Meritage Resort and Spa, where the flagship tasting room and 7-acre vineyard are located.

Tener un algo especial! Iberico in La Jolla is not your average Spanish gin joint!

Paella Marinera with the 209 cocktail. Photos by Kelley Carlson

When the sun sets, Iberico Spanish Bistro and Gin Club rises to the occasion. It’s the time when one of La Jolla’s newest restaurants really comes to life, said General Manager Carlos Aceves — much like in Spain, which is notorious for its night owls. Filled with natural light by day, it becomes dim in the evening with illumination from turquoise-colored chandeliers. In the main dining and bar areas, guests relax in cowhide seats and socialize or gaze at the colorful paintings, a mural featuring lions pulling a chariot and cases filled with empty wine glasses. Some people tune in to the sounds of guitar-based Spanish melodies.

Petco Park’s Club 19 has the bases loaded!

The dining room at Club 19. Photos by Kelley Carlson

Steps away from the baseball diamond in Petco Park is a hidden gem of a restaurant that is dedicated to one of the Padres’ legendary players. Club 19, which pays homage to Tony Gwynn, is “off the beaten path,” as described by the park’s executive chef, Will Todd. It’s between sections 213 and 215 on the Toyota Terrace, identified by a white neon sign and silhouettes of ball players on the windows.

A Summer Sensation: Hodad’s and Padres at Petco Park

Single Bacon Cheeseburger with onion rings and a soda. Photos by Kelley Carlson

Where can a person go to revel in America’s favorite pastime while eating at one of the country’s top-ranked burger joints? Hodad’s at Petco Park.

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