Edit ModuleShow Tags

Best Things I Ate This Month: December 2017

The Champ Burger at Barleymash, truffle risotto at Giardino, and the oatmeal at Northside Shack


Published:

The Champ Burger @ Barleymash

I’d heard good word about Barleymash chef Kevin Templeton for a while, about both his cooking and his commitment to sustainability. But sometimes the Gaslamp scares me with its Gaslampiness, and I didn’t expect a restaurant of that size to have great food. Well, I was wrong. At a recent tasting, Templeton’s food was lights out. They make everything from scratch, including the bread (which is phenomenal). His tequila shrimp skillet with housemade focaccia is the star of the appetizer portion of the menu. But that burger, whoa that burger. It starts with the bun (again, housemade), a touch sweet and compressable, as all burger buns should be. Then the patty is grilled, topped with tender, ale-braised pork shoulder, pepper jack cheese, habanero jelly, bourbon BBQ ranch dressing, and fried onions. It’s a BEAST—spicy and unforgettably delicious.

600 5th Ave., Downtown

 

Truffle Risotto @ Giardino

Giardino was a total surprise. I’m always on the lookout for restaurants away from the usual places (Little Italy, North Park, La Jolla), and Lemon Grove is not a culinary hotbed. But Giardino is absolutely worth searching out. And this dish was the best thing I ate in the last few months. Perfectly al dente rice, brandy cream sauce, truffle oil, and mascarpone cheese. Eat it on a treadmill.

8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove

 

Oatmeal @ Northside Shack

Oatmeal? Seriously? Yep. Awesome. Northside Shack is Point Loma’s go-to spot for healthy breakfast and lunch—mostly blends (smoothies and fresh-press juices), acai bowls, local kombucha, you name it. They heap fresh fruit into every order, so no one gets cheated. But it was this organic oatmeal, blended with some almond butter, banana, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, pineapple, mango, and kiwi, topped with coconut flakes, that really stunned. It’s that banana-almond butter-oats combo that will make you throw out your usual brown sugar and rethink the way oatmeal should be done.

1255 Rosecrans St., Point Loma

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego Raises $225,000 on Red Shoe Day

Plus USO San Diego, Sycuan, and Promises2Kids help local families

Hazy Beers and Fruited Beers Still Rule the Local Scene

Slater’s 50/50 reveals the drinking habits of San Diego’s craft consumers

San Diego Happy Half Hour Podcast: Episode 102

Little Italy Food Hall opens, a Master Chef serves up caviar, and the owner of San Diego’s most classic dive bar drops in
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to the Blog

 
Edit ModuleShow Tags


SD Food News

The hottest thing in San Diego food right now just might be Tijuana.

About This Blog

Restaurant reviews, food trends, top cocktails, wine, beer and generally the best eats and drinks in San Diego, by Food Editor and general good guy Troy Johnson.

Recent Posts

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

AquaVie: 10 Reasons It’s Downtown’s Best Kept Secret

The best workout and spa getaway around? It’s actually right underneath your nose.

Enter a Drawing You Could Actually Win

There are more than 1,700 prizes in the Dream House Raffle
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags