Cusp brings La Jolla dining scene to new heights

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT:

Cusp Dining & Drinks has remained one of La Jolla’s best-kept secrets. High atop the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla at 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive. Cusp’s sweeping ocean views provide the perfect setting to sip, savor and soak in La Jolla from every seat in the house. But it’s more than the dramatic views and epic sunsets that keeps Cusp on top; it’s the latest menu by new head chef, Ingrid Funes.

The humbled and talented chef recently debuted her first menu, and her dishes don’t disappoint. Start with the Smoked Grilled Caesar with capers and Parmesan breadcrumbs. For entrees, Funes perfectly prepares a Rack of Lamb with roasted baby squash and corn salsa verde. The bright and flavorful Roasted Scottish Salmon with black rice, parsnip puree with pine nut orange reduction hits every mark. End on a sweet tooth with a house-made Coconut Panna Cotta or S’mores Chocolate Ice Cream Cake.

To compliment Funes’ dishes, order one of Cusp’s signature originals or a classic sipper from their award-winning bar. Pull up a seat 4-7 p.m. daily for a happy hour that offers $5 bites and $7 cocktails. Every Tuesday, Cusp dishes out Cioppino and endangered wine specials, while Wednesday is Bubbly Around the Clock where glasses of premium Champagne start at $4 and go up a dollar every hour. Sunday is Lobster Night, where guests can order a grilled lobster with sides and a glass of bubbly for $30. Valet parking is complimentary with a Cusp visit.

Cusp Dining & Drinks, 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla; located on the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla. (858) 551-3620. cusprestaurant.com

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