One of the most talked about BBQ places within the San Diego food community is the newly opened Grand Ole BBQ. They have Texas style barbecue so this place warranted a visit from us... or two or three! Grand Ole BBQ is located at 3302 32nd street, between the north and south park areas of town and we didn't have any trouble finding street parking.
You can spot the huge outdoor smoker immediately. That's where the magic happens. I probably say that about all barbecue places though!
On Sundays there is a special Argentine menu with different items than the rest of the week. The BBQ masters use this open flame pit in the back to make food instead of the super sized smoker in the front.
Ring in 2016 with Gogobot San Diego at their New Year's Party, "Dance Dance Resolution" at the beautiful Rancho Santa Fe Motor Club! All proceeds benefit The Seany Foundation to help bring hope and happiness to kids affected by cancer!
A friend and I attended Dance Dance Resolution (note the play on words from the popular DDR game) as media on Sunday January 31, 2016 through Delicious Buzz. The weather was all sorts of wacky that day, cold, wet and windy, but luckily the event was held indoors! Check out the highlights of the event below!
A $2 donation to the charity got you adorable pug kisses from Chloe, shown here with loving owner The Stylish Bisou!
Our foodie friend LateKateFoodie was totally down for this activity! We all laughed...
The big downtown Mardi Gras block party has moved to the weekend, Saturday Feb 6, 2016 rather than the usual Fat Tuesday! If you are interested in attending, the best deal is a Mardi Gras dinner package! The packages include $30 toward food/drink from a participating restaurant. Prices are $60 for general admission package or $90 for VIP ticket package.
For example, the current cost of a GA ticket is $50, and for $10 more, you’ll basically be getting $20 free to spend on food/drink. Similarly the cost of a VIP ticket is $75 and for $15 more, you’ll get a free $15 toward your food/drink!
The dinner package must be purchased online. You choose your restaurant when you purchase your tickets. Redeem your food/drink on the night of the party and have fun!
We were paired up for a food preview at The Field Irish Pub, located just outside the block party. You can hear the lively Irish music playing in the background while you get your grub/drink on.
We went a little wild on the food last night for our preview.
San Diego is a wonderful city to live in and it's nice to discover things about where you live. We were invited to check out a Bite San Diego tour and after browsing the options, Dennis and I settled on their La Jolla tour.
We met up at the starting location of Ohana, a family owned restaurant serving homestyle Hawaiian food. Our tour guide David was easy to spot, the guy keeping an eye out for all the other "lost" folks who would be joining us that afternoon.
Everyone waited at the tables until the whole group had arrived. David started the tour with a quick intro, then started passing out the food. This is the point where you mingle with the other folks. Or keep to yourself, your choice!
Our first bite was this kahlua pork and coconut rice. I have to say that coconut rice was damn delicious with its shreds of coconut, partially toasted, and a little bit of coconut creaminess. The shredded pork was tender and juicy too so we were fans of this sample.
I'm the planner type and during my San Diego Restaurant Week research, Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant caught my eye. Our prior experience with this restaurant is the airport side business providing pre-made sandwiches/salads. Since that is already Dennis's default airport food choice, we had a good feeling about this place. The SDRW menu had so many enticing options that I delayed our reservation by a day to bring extra people to dinner!
The San Diego Restaurant Week $30 pre-fixe dinner menu includes a choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert and is attached at the bottom of the post.
We upgraded to the foie gras appetizer and were rewarded with a generous sized, richly smooth liver paired with a mildly sweet blueberry compote. The buttery bread was the perfect firmness for a base. Side salad was coated with a slightly acidic but blueberry sugared apple vinegar dressing.
We're always checking out new places for San Diego Restaurant Week and were invited to preview the SDRW menu at The Marine Room in La Jolla. This fine dining restaurant has huge windows facing the ocean, which is especially mesmorizing when it is HIGH TIDE. I never knew there existed a restaurant where you could watch the waves splashing at the heavy duty windows while dining (view depends on season/time of the year).
The restaurant itself is located in a residential looking area so you go through a little bit of windy streets to reach it. Once there, you can valet your car or find street parking nearby. We were seated by the hostess and were ready to eat.
The San Diego Restaurant Menu is attached at the end of the post and contains 3 appetizers, 6 entrees, and a dessert to choose from.
It's time for San Diego Restaurant Week (SDRW) again! This bi-annual event has over 180 participating restaurants showcasing their menus for us! Check out your favorite restaurants or try something new! The prix fixe lunches are two course meals that cost $10, $15, or $20 while the prix fixe dinners are three course meals that cost $20, $30, $40 or $50. Prices may vary with add-ons (see restaurant for details).
This year, San Diego Restaurant Week begins on January 17 and ends January 24, 2016!
We haven't reviewed the entire SDRW list but these are a few places of interest (though the list keeps growing):
Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge
Terra American Bistro
A few other favorite picks based on our own dining experiences are:
For my birthday last year, Dennis planned an outing with friends at Searsucker in Del Mar. We've had lunch in the downtown location during San Diego Restaurant Week a while back so this was our first dinner experience. This Searsucker replaced Burlap which we had visited a couple of years ago.
The waiting lounge is sort of cowboy to me, maybe because I see that cow skin!
Here's the bar area with the popularly used "eat" sign! They have a happy hour from 4:30-6:30 on Monday through Friday plus all day on Wednesday.
The restaurant wasn't too busy that Saturday night so we were seated quickly at our table. We were handed menus to browse.