SDRW Preview – The Grill at Torrey Pines

SDRW Preview – The Grill at Torrey Pines

San Diego Restaurant Week is back!

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Get ready for an entire week of delectable dishes from a wide range of San Diego’s favorite restaurants starting January 15th through January 22nd.

The Grill at Torrey Pines - SDRW Menu

Tonight we were lucky to preview a special SDRW menu from The Grill at Torrey Pines.

If you’re not familiar with The Grill, you’re likely familiar with the world renowned championship golf course at Torrey Pines.

The Grill is located against The Lodge Torrey Pines which is perched against this iconic golf course.

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It was dark out, but you can see the massive patio area that would be perfect for dining al fresco during the day time.…

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The Haven – Kensington

The Haven – Kensington

Happy New Year! 2017 already? How many times will I write 2016 until 2017 will feel right? Anyways, I hope 2017 brings you better food, better drink, and more of each of them. 🙂

The Haven has been in Kensington since 2013. I went with one of my friends a few years ago, but have not had a chance to come back since. When that much time has passed it’s almost like trying a new place.

The holiday decorations were in full swing and it’s a smaller, but not cramped restaurant.…

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Grater Grilled Cheese in La Jolla

Grater Grilled Cheese in La Jolla

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Who doesn’t love grilled cheese?  Ooey, gooey, and cheezy goodness always puts a big smile on our face.

Recently Darren and I had the opportunity to check out Grater Grilled Cheese in  La Jolla.

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This quaint grilled cheese shop is decorated brightly to remind you of cheese!

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You order up front at the counter and receive a number.

There was no one there when we got there, but it the queue grew quickly once we sat down.

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Tomato Basil Bisque

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The “Basic 5” with butter fried lobster, snow crab and our signature Sierra Nevada pale ale chipotle aioli.

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Barrel Republic – Carlsbad

Barrel Republic – Carlsbad

In another life I was rather techie. I remember the first time I went to Stacked in Fashion Valley and thought it was the coolest thing to order our custom burgers on an iPad. Psst, I still think it is cool. Of course I’m still a nerd for all computerized gadgets, but I can’t seem to keep up like I once did before. Damn you Gen Z! These days new technology married with food is a popular combination. Barrel Republic is a chain that allows you to try tons of different beverages, without having to speak to a human being.…

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Cinnaholic – Pacific Beach

Cinnaholic – Pacific Beach

Cinnaholic is starting to spread its wings throughout San Diego. We previously visited the kiosk location at the Mission Valley Mall with the kids. They sure did enjoy themselves. This time, Michael and I would fill the void of uninhibited excitement the kids would normally bring at the new Pacific Beach location. Besides these two locations, they just opened one in Escondido at the North County Mall and are set to open another in the gaslamp as well. They have grown up and expanded quite a bit since their Shark Tank days.…

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Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint – Coronado

Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint – Coronado

I heard of Nicky Rottens Bar & Burger Joint, but never visited before. There are three locations in San Diego, however, two of them are operated independently of the other. The location we visited is on Coronado. I always welcome an opportunity to visit the island.

If sports watching is what you seek, they have you more than covered here with tv’s galore scattered throughout the restaurant bar.

Buffalo Wings: Natural Farm Raised Wings Served with Ranch and Bleu Cheese Dressing

Wings! Always a must for me. We ordered two varieties, medium and spicy barbecue.…

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Banzai Bar – Loma Portal

Banzai Bar – Loma Portal

Banzai Bar is a little hidden amongst the other businesses off of Midway Drive near Valley View Casino Center, aka, Sport’s Arena. Their bright colorful neon sign might pull you in though. They opened in September and it’s part of the same family of restaurants including Werewolf and The Waterfront Bar & Grill, San Diego’s oldest tavern. They serve Hawaiian influenced fare.

I missed the narrow alleyway that leads to the parking lot in the back. Michael flagged me down and helped guide me in.

Once inside you will find a dimly lit restaurant bar with numerous tv’s and an exuberant bartender.…

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SNOICE in Paradise Hills, San Diego

SNOICE in Paradise Hills, San Diego

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Just prior to Thanksgiving, we made a quick trip up to Paradise Hills to check out SNOICE.

*If you look a little closer, you’ll notice my daughter just outside the front door super eager to go inside!  Somehow she knew she’d be in a for a special treat.

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SNOICE specializes in snow and ice desserts traditionally found in Taiwan and the Philipines.

They have a pretty cool story.  The founders, Jayrell and Dianne, started it up as a side project of the side of Dianne’s parents’ bakery.

What started out as a pop-up dessert bar has since evolved into a full fledged storefront and viable business.  …

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