I got a chance to go to the D6 Night Market in Mira Mesa a few weekends ago held at Mira Mesa Community Park. If there is one thing I learned about these events it’s come early if you don’t like to wait in long lines and potentially miss out on some things that may sell out. This particular night market is named after San Diego’s City Council District 6, which includes Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, MCAS Miramar, Mira Mesa, Rancho Peñasquitos-Park Village, and Sorrento Valley.
I went with some friends and we arrived around 4:45 pm. There were a few lines at that time, but nothing we couldn’t handle. The weather was nice and not too hot. But there was not a whole lot of shade in sight. Unlike the last San Diego Night Market held in Kearny Mesa, I was prepared; meaning I did research ahead of time on who was going to be there and what my top choices were going to be. I also brought a hat, sunglasses, and protected my skin from all those rays.
One thing I liked more about the D6 night market is that there were a good amount of tables and chairs than the San Diego Night Market. There seemed to be more space as well so you didn’t feel as confined. It was nice that it was on grass and not concrete.
Everything they were selling from the It’s Raw Poke Shop I wanted. But filling up on stop one would have been extremely noob of me. Do I go with the kalua plate with chicken long rice? Or maybe some spam masubi? The goal was to start off light so I could try as many things as I could. After all, I did starve myself that day for this very purpose. The poke squeaked by because I didn’t think it would fill me up that much. It came in a plastic container with a box full of rice. I got the kimchi flavored poke. They had furikake that I sprinkled on top of the rice too. It wasn’t my all-time favorite, but it did the job and wet my palate. The kimchi flavor was subtle and didn’t take away from the ahi. It’s Raw Poke Shop mostly sells their stuff at farmer’s markets.
It didn’t take much convincing to get my potater on and get in line for some flavored fries. The Fry King serves many different interesting flavors. We shared buffalo wing flavored fries. Upon first taste we thought maybe we got the wrong kind. It did not taste like buffalo wing. Maybe it could have passed as sour cream and onion, maybe. But actually they tasted more like salt and vinegar, being heavy on the vinegar. One of our friends was curious so she asked them if this was indeed the buffalo wing, and they confirmed it was after looking at the color of our seasoning. No bueno. This was probably the only thing we did not finish the entire day.
Oh but all is not lost because Supernatural Sandwiches came to the rescue! They happened to be parked next to Iceskimo. These were probably two of my favorite places that I actually would go to outside of the night market, like in real life fo reals yo. Supernatural did not disappoint with their mini lobster roll. At $8, coming in at maybe $2 per bite, the price was a little steep. But it was my favorite bite of the day so I guess it was worth it. Who can argue with large chunks of Maine lobster, a soft and buttery brioche bun, garlic aioli, umami butter, and chives? My favorite sandwich at their restaurant is the Siren, but I may add lobster to the rotation.
I don’t remember what this place was called but one of our friends got a bacon wrapped dog. She seemed to like it a lot. I think this was the same place that had sold Sonoran dogs at past events which I was super excited for. But for some bad reason (practically any reason causing Sonoran dogs not to be served is bad) they were not selling them, so my excitement quickly dissipated.
Not to be deterred, we trucked on. There were more than a few lemonades being sold in both plastic and glass jars. Wow Wow Waffle was one of them. The strawberry lemonade and regular lemonade were tart and refreshing.
Someone also got nachos from Ohana Cafe. From what I could taste there was cheese, jalapenos, cilantro, and pork (kalua?). This is the perfect sharing food for a food festival and I didn’t feel guilty eating my friends’ food. One or two chips probably only made up 3-6% of the entire tray if you assume there were around 30 chips. 🙂
My friend Jason was really happy with his Iceskimo Passion Fruit Delight shaved snow (passion fruit snow, fresh pineapple, mango poppers, condensed milk). I think this was the first time he had Iceskimo. He enjoyed popping his mango poppers…maybe a little too much.
These were samosas from Flavors of East Africa. Friends said they were both hot and good. These were of the chicken and spinach variety.
There were about five food trucks outside serving tacos, shaved ice, loaded fries, cubanos, you name it.
Since we all were not satisfied with the previous buffalo fries, it didn’t take too much convincing to have a crack at them again. This time we rolled the dice with a food truck called Aunty Lynne’s. I think the longest I’ve ever waited for food from a food truck after I ordered was from the Periogi Truck. That was maybe 25 minutes. (I love that truck by the way.) Aunty Lynne’s made us wait about 30 minutes. While there were a lot of people, I think they just take the time and effort to make sure they can deliver on each order. I’d much rather wait on something good than get something bad right away. The worst case scenario would be to wait 30 minutes for something bad. Luckily for us, our wait was not in vain. The picture somewhat tells the story. It kind of just screams buffalo flavor, unlike Fry King. Everyone seemed to like them and it didn’t take much convincing for people to have seconds. They had Korean BBQ, Sisig, and other yummy combinations I wanted to sample. Next time Aunty Lynne, next time…
I come to these night markets for the food, but they also had a stage with music and dancing, other vendors, and a beer garden. All of which I didn’t really get a chance to visit. By the time we left ~9pm it was packed. It’s great that more of these food festivals are happening in San Diego. The food can be a little pricey, but to be able to have so many different things in one place has its advantages. Plus there is no entrance fee. Anyone else go and have something delicious?
D6 Night Market