food republic deems san diego’s food scene ‘hot’

San Diego is on fire. And we don’t just mean that we have year-round 70-80 degree beachy weather (although that is also true).  Food Republic’s City Guide recently featured sunny San Diego as a ‘foodie hotspot’ with a burgeoning dining scene.  From downtown to La Jolla and all the way up to Del Mar, we are thrilled that out of ten restaurants selected, SIX JPR clients made the cut! Congratulations to Davanti Enoteca, George’s California Modern, Saltbox, Flavor Del Mar, Burlap, and the Grant Grill.  See the featured restaurants below and read the full article here.

Burlap Pho

Burlap
Former Top Chef contestant Brian Malarkey cooks an “unapologetic white guy’s take on Asian food,” and his “pho” is pretty damned good, except that it’s closer to Japanese ramen than Vietnamese pho, but whatever. 12995 El Camino Real, Del Mar, 858-369-5700

Davanti
Chicago’s Scott Harris (Francesca’s, The Purple Pig) brings superb thin-crust pizzas and rustic Italian cooking (via chef Laco Seeber) to downtown SD’s already thriving restaurant row in Little Italy. 1655 India St, San Diego, 619-237-9606

George's Chino Farms Crudite

Georges California Modern
An oldie but goodie, with still the best ocean view in the county, plus deconstructed fish tacos and smoked foie gras from legendary chef Trey Foshee. Feels like new. Even the carrots in the carrot cake come from the famous Chino Farms. 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla, 858-454-4244

Grant Grill
Cutting-edge mixology. Niman ranch pork cheeks. California sea bass with tom yum broth. Plus live music in the lounge. Swanky. 326 Broadway, San Diego, 619-744-2077 

Saltbox Scallop Ceviche

 

Saltbox
Stellar cocktails. Sexy crowd. And truly fun food — house-cured salmon pastrami reuben and addictive brown-butter popcorn — from chef Simon Dolinky. 1047 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 619-515-3003

Flavor Del Mar
King crab hand rolls. Pork belly sliders with duck-fat fries. Gorgeous sun-soaked dining room with blue ocean views. Chef Brian Redzikowski is a former protégé of Nobu Matsuhisa and Joel Robuchon. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858-755-3662

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