Hello friends! With all the craziness of the holidays, I somehow found time to squeeze in some new and some not-so-new restaurants that I hope you will enjoy reading about and hopefully enjoying eating at one day!
So my birthday was about a month ago, but I didn’t get to post about what my boyfriend and I did the day-of. I had never been to Santa Monica pier, so Chris took the day off on my actual birthday to drive us up there to sightsee and shop. After checking out the pier and doing a little bit of shopping, I found this casual spot through Yelp called Seasalt. Seasalt is a small little place where you order at the counter and your food is brought out to you, with a menu full of seafood-based salads, sandwiches, and tacos along with some really tasty side dishes to compliment your meal. I order their BLT (fried atlantic Cod and bacon sandwich) with a side of garlic brussel sprouts. Chris had a salmon plate with creamy garlic butter sauce (other seasoning choices include soy ginger glaze and spicy cajun), and to share, we had the cornmeal calamari.
The calamari rings were delicious! The cornmeal they were breaded with made it extra crunchy. They were easy to eat too because the breading didn’t fall off after one bite. They were also served with little onion frizzles and some delicious cole slaw. Seriously some of the best calamari I’ve had. My sandwich was just O.K., and didn’t hold together very well. It was huge though so worth the price, but I ended up just eating the fish and bacon by itself towards the end. My garlic brussel sprouts, however, were really yummy and a good price for how much they give you! I loved Chris’ dish too. The salmon was served with veggies and rice pilaf, and the garlic butter sauce was perfection.
After our day of shopping, we weren’t hungry enough yet to grab dinner in Santa Monica. Plus it would have been harder to stay awake with Chris on the drive back if I was too full. Instead we drove back to San Diego for dinner and made it to Cafe Chloe in the East Village just in time before their kitchen closed. We ordered their Steak Frites and Mussels. Mussels are something I always feel I have to order at any restaurant and these definitely did not disappoint. The steak was also delicious, cooked to medium rare perfection on a huge bed of crispy shoestring fries. We also ordered a delicious macaroni and cheese dish which was surprisingly light for being macaroni and cheese! Overall, a perfectly portioned meal. They were very nice about us coming in 5 minutes before the kitchen closed, and even accommodated a trio of ladies who wanted to order fries way after the kitchen actually did close. The place is very French, with small tables and cute wicker chairs inside and on the patio. It’s a great place for a date, and I’d love to come back and try some of their desserts or even brunch!
About a week later, Chris and I went Black Friday shopping after playing a bit of poker at our friends’ apartment. Since we didn’t get to Fashion Valley mall until around 4 a.m. Saturday morning, we didn’t actually leave there until the sun was already up. We figured that hey, its breakfast time, we might as well get breakfast! Chris had never been to Snooze so we seized this perfect opportunity to go there when there would be no line. Chris ordered an omelet and I got the corned beef hash. Both were delicious and a good portion, but we agreed that it wouldn’t be worth the hour wait that usually accompanies this place. We definitely got there at the perfect time too (around 7 a.m.) because by the time we left there was already a line of people who had to wait to get seated!
This was not my first visit to Snooze, but after trying that corned beef hash for the first time I was craving it again almost immediately! When my mom one day suggested we get breakfast, I remembered that there was a new Snooze location in Del Mar that I thought we should try. It was a weekday so the wait was only about 15 minutes, but I think word is definitely getting out about this location, because I believe the wait on weekends now may be just as bad as the Hillcrest location! Anyway, I ordered my corned beef hash, my mom got the Chilaquiles Benedict (yum!) and we split an order of the Pineapple Upsidedown Pancakes. I am usually a fan of French Toast but I would definitely get these pancakes again. They were super fluffy and the perfect amount of sweetness. They’re pretty huge too. So, unfortunately even though my first craving was sated, now I want these pancakes again. Snooze, I will see you again soon!
I am going to leave off with one of the newer restaurants at UTC mall. Eureka Burger opened earlier this year and I went for happy hour with some coworkers. They have a lot of beers on tap and also have a cocktail menu of various whiskey based drinks like the Old Fashioned and Whiskey Sour. I wouldn’t put their drinks up there with the cocktail bars like Seven Grand or El Dorado, but I still think it sets them apart from other restaurants with generic drink menus. I recently went with Chris and we shared some onion rings (more like onion bracelets) for an appetizer. The menu ranges from lots of fun and interesting appetizers, to salads, sandwiches and entrees. Of course they have a wide selection of burgers and I went with the Napa Burger (roasted Roma tomato, pesto aioli, pancetta, arugula) and Chris got the Pearl Street Blues Burger. Though he liked his, he declared me the “winner” after he had a bite of mine. I wholeheartedly agreed. My burger was amazing, with well balanced flavors and a perfectly fresh and crumbly patty.
I’m glad I got to try a few new places this past month, as well as revisit a couple places that definitely deserved another look. I even have some new favorites I’m happy to add to my list! Hopefully you all can take some time out from the hectic holiday shopping and parties to sit and enjoy a new place, or try something new at a place you’ve already been. Thanks for reading!