Sovereign, the modern Vietnamese restaurant helmed by two-time Michelin Bib Award-winning chef Michael “Bao” Huynh, isn’t open in the Gaslamp Quarter quite yet, but Food Shop, the restaurant’s more casual kitchen, is. There, you’ll find a shortlist of affordable street-food inspired eats, including pho; bowls with rice, vermicelli noodles, or veggies; wok dishes like garlic noodles and drunken noodles; fresh and fried rolls; and most importantly: banh mi. I’ll gush over the banh mi in a bit. For now, I wanted to share some photos of the other options I tried during back-to-back visits.
There’s been a lot of talk about gluten-free this and that, but I think it’s time this culinary trend bites the dust. In 2015, let’s be honest and admit that gluten (and carbs) are an integral part of some of the most delicious food imaginable, including pizza, doughnuts, sandwiches, and toasted bread with tasty things on top. Take a look at four cures to your carb cravings.
San Diego’s East Village is home to many tasty treasures, ranging from vegan parfaits to the dashing beet tower from Stella Public House pictured below. Take a look at ten must-try dishes from some of the neighborhood’s newest restaurants on Thrillist.
Who doesn’t love a great grilled cheese sandwich? Ok, maybe if you’re lactose intolerant, you’re exempt, but even if dairy isn’t exactly your BFF, these nine sandwiches are more than worthy of popping a Lactaid in order to indulge.
Menu changes are inevitable and 99% of the time, they’re a good thing. But when a restaurant removes your absolute favorite dish with no warning or explanation, it hurts. In hopes that San Diego chefs won’t do this to me (and anyone else with good taste, who theoretically is as emotionally attached to these items as I am), I wrote this piece for Thrillist, hoping it would be enough to guarantee the status of 15 of my favorite dishes. Take a look…
If you’re a fan of pancakes, you’re going to want to add this collection delicious and creative takes on the iconic breakfast dish to your must-eat list. From cocoa-infused ‘cakes topped with mounds of mascarpone and cocoa whipped cream to the indulgent ricotta pancakes pictured below, I foresee many happy brunches in your future.
When it comes to happy hour, San Diego bars and restaurants really know how to bring it. Check out ten solid options to celebrate with discount drinks and bites, organized by neighborhood.
Deciding where to dine during San Diego Restaurant Week can be difficult, which is why you shouldn’t choose just one place, but several. If you’re looking for some great options in La Jolla, take a look at this blog post for five top picks that span budget friendly lunch options to swanky dinner destinations.
I’m psyched to see San Diego is (finally) upping its doughnut game with new openings like StreetCar Merchants of Fried Chicken, Doughnuts & Coffee in North Park. If you’re not familiar with these substantial, square-shaped doughnuts made from a butter-laden brioche dough, read all about the shop in my first piece for Thrillist!
The Gaslamp Quarter was in dire need of a bakery. Before Le Parfait Paris opened shop, croissants, eclairs, and tiny, perfect cakes were practically nowhere to be found…and when they could be found, they were nowhere near as good as what Executive Pastry Chef Jean François Fays is stocking the cases with at this bright and airy bakery in the former Borders building.