Darren and I recently joined a San Diego Media dinner hosted by the Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island. The Kona Kai recently completed a $22 million overhaul of the resort and revamped their flagship restaurant, Vessel. Vessel includes a 360-degree bar with sweeping views of San Diego’s beautiful bay front. The interior has been brushed with a vibrant sea foam green against distressed wood throughout. I found the overall ambiance to be upscale, relaxing, and inviting. Vessel is now headed by Executive Chef Roy Hendrickson. As a native Southern Californian who has traveled and lived abroad in Europe, Chef Roy brings years of diverse experience and inspiration to his food and does his best to share that gift with this patrons.…Read more
With San Diego Restaurant Week in full swing, we hit Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop in the East Village neighborhood to put a little class in our mid-day meal.
They are currently offering a $20 lunch menu and $45 dinner, both of which are an excellent opportunity to see what Cowboy Star does best. Their motto is “Rough and rugged yet polished and elegant” and they have perfected that outlook. Nowhere else in San Diego will you find black tie wait staff with giant cowboy belt buckles.
Cowboy Star is best known for its protein, particularly beef, which can be purchased a la carte from the attached butcher shop to prepare at home.…Read more
There comes a day when you realize you live in San Diego and you haven’t really given it your full attention or respect.When that day comes you may head down to the beach to appreciate it or maybe give surfing a try.Others may just prefer to take a walk at Balboa Park and enjoy the nice weather.Me?I find more fish taco restaurants near the border!It’s very hard to bump TJ Oyster Bar off its pedestal but Tijuana 100% Seafood Bar just may give them a run for their money.Their sign outside seemed welcoming enough, so in we went!…Read more
Hello foodies. Restaurant Week just passed a few weeks ago and I only was able to go to a couple places. One of them was the elusive Marine Room. I hadn’t gone there before and neither had my girlfriend so we were excited about what the night would have in store for us, celebrating our anniversary! The wait wasn’t long with the reservations I had made which started us off the night right. There were a ton of people waiting both by the hostess desk on the steps below and at the top waiting area.…Read more
You can immediately tell that Chef John and his wife take pride in their establishment. There are very courteous and checked with each customer to see if they were okay after receiving their order. It appears that they are of Korean descent, but their fish and chips took me back to good memories in the U.K! Crispy, flaky, and full of flavor… mmmmm. It was definitely worth the trek out to Lemon Grove.
As you can see, the piece of fish spans the entire length of the basket. The batter was light (though a touch too oily) and the fish moist and delicious. …Read more