San Diego Restaurant Week 2015 is officially underway. With over 180 restaurants participating this year, San Diego foodies can enjoy prefix meals at some of the finest dining establishments in the county.
With only a few days left, it can be hard to choose where to eat! Well, I’m here to help you out. So put away that Yelp app, because I’ve chosen the Top 5 Restaurants that you need to try during San Diego Restaurant Week 2015.
Bracero in Little Italy is the hottest new restaurant in San Diego right now, hands down. Chef Javier Plascencia, is back with the opening of his second restaurant in the US, where he is reinventing Baja cuisine. From the bone marrow and shrimp sopes, to the lamb that’s been roasted for hours in a caja china, Bracero is definitely a foodie’s paradise. San Diego Restaurant Week Menu Highlights: Tijuana’s Original Caesar’s Salad Acorn and Kabocha Squash in Mole Negro Mary’s Wood Roasted Half Chicken with Adobo Roasted Cauliflower Lunch: $20 Dinner: $40
2. Cucina Urbana
When it comes to the best Italian food in San Diego, Cucina Urbana is at the top of the list. Located in Banker’s Hill, it’s the place to go to for traditional Italian fare, all made from quality ingredients. They make everything in-house from scratch: from fresh pastas and breads, to charcuterie, sausages and even cheeses. San Diego Restaurant Week Menu Highlights: Fried Stuffed Squash Blossoms with herbed ricotta Rib Eye Carpaccio with pickled mushroom Bucatini with Guanciale, chili and egg Lunch: $20 Dinner: $30
3. Davanti Enoteca
Hailed as the most “unchain” chain restaurant, is Davanti Enoteca, a classic Italian trattoria serving up their wood fired pizzas and house made pastas. They are also best known for their house made foccaccia served on a wooden board and topped with a piece of oozing honeycomb. Chain restaurants usually have a bad rep, but this Little Italy establishment has demonstrated consistency and quality for years, and is here to stay. San Diego Restaurant Week Menu Highlights: Roasted Cauliflower with olive tapenade tossed in a preserved lemon vinaigrette Wood fired pizzas: Prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, and fontina topped with spicy arugula Market Fish, sweet corn, cherry tomato and crispy salami Dessert: Goat Cheesecake with salted caramel Lunch: $15 Dinner: $30
4. The Smoking Goat
Located at the far end of North Park, this traditional French bistro was the first restaurant to open at the corner of 30th and Upas–starting the trend for other hip establishments to follow suit. Since then, Underbelly, Tacos Perla, Influx and Modern Times have opened locations on that corner and it has become a destination for San Diego foodies. Despite its success through the years, The Smoking Goat is still run by the same husband and wife team that started it. From escargot to steak frites, they do traditional French well, in an intimate bistro setting.
French Onion Soup topped with Gruyere and crostini
Escargot with garlic herb butter
Steak Frites with foie gras butter
5. Bo Beau
Did you know that one of the top restaurants in San Diego is actually located steps away from Ocean Beach? Despite its elusive location in a hippie beach town, Bo Beau is known for their French-American dishes. From a selection of Moules & Frites, to braised short rib flatbread with horseradish smashed potatoes, they’ve got an eclectic menu with French and American elements. Located in a tiny cottage, the outside might not seem like much, but once you step inside you will be taken to an intimate French garden.
Corn bisque with Baja rock crab
Duck confit fettuccini
Filet Mignon and frites ($10 upgrade)
It’s the final few days of San Diego Restaurant Week 2015 which ends on Sunday, September 27th. So put on those fat pants and get ready to dine out this weekend.
Which San Diego restaurants are you excited to try? Let us know in the comments below.
Featured photo: Facebook|Bracero