san diego: the food

23 Nov

friday dinner we made reservations at a swanky little steakhouse named suite and tender. it was a  great boutique style steakhouse. i can’t remember what we had (except for steak of course) because of the amazing meals to follow . . .

saturday morning we woke up bright and early (because we like to stay on east coast time) to try hash house a go go. this place has been featured on the food network & travel channel and i was intrigued by the mondo portion sizes.

we were there at 7:30ish and by 8:00 the place had a wait. seriously. most of the parking around is via a parking meter and our server told us that they went through $60 a day in change. the hot chocolate was striking my fancy and when this arrived i knew we were in for a treat.

it was rich. it was creamy. and my personal favorite — marshmallowy. that’s a new word. run with it.

alex opted for the tractor driver combo. i went with andy’s fried chicken benedict. here’s our before:

and after:


i ate until i felt sick. and then i had two more bites. and for lunch we each had a diet coke and churro. yeah, not very hungry for the rest of the day.

saturday dinner was a small neighborhood restaurant named kensington grill. i read about the restaurant in the hotel magazine as being a trendsetter for their tots. specifically their goat cheese tots. count me in. when we showed up we had to wait — want to know one of my biggest pet peeves? waiting at a restaurant when you have a reservation. ooverall, service was pretty poor. but you know what? i would go back because the food was one of the best meals of my life.

for appetizers we went with a mixed brushetta: strawberry nutella with sea salt, buratta and heirloom tomato, and prosciutto with melon. pretty awesome. alex ordered the shrimp waffle (sounds strange but it was buttery goodness) with the truffled mac ‘n cheese.

i had the goat cheese tots with homemade ketchup and duck pot pie. and since we were technically on vacation we HAD to order dessert. we went with the snickers torte.

sunday brunch we walked over to a crêpe bistro named chocolat. two words: nutella & marscapone. we originally started with a round of savory crepes. alex had some kinds of mushroom cheese and i went with ham with bechamel sauce. but we couldn’t stop there. alex ordered nutella with granola and i devoured my marscapone and nutella. a-mah-zing. hands down one of the best things i have EVER put in my mouth. really.

i’ve been on a crêpe kick and even splurged and had a nutella/banana crêpe for breakfast last thursday morning. followed by a strawberry popsicle/pistachio/gummy bear dinner care of the westin’s gift shop.


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