Eat Your Way Around South Bay
From fusion to frozen yogurt, 10 hot plates to try this month
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Lamb barbacoa from Aqui Es Texcoco in Chula Vista
Niederfrank’s is scooping up some refreshing new flavors for summer, including pomegranate sorbet, avocado pistachio ice cream, and blueberry sorbet and ice cream. The National City shop opened in 1948, and inside, they’re still making ice cream the old-fashioned way, using all-natural ingredients and serving it up in hand-rolled waffle cones.
726 A Avenue, National City
Hot dogs become haute dogs at the Island’s only destination for fancy frankfurters. Some options are so internationally inspired that they ought to carry a passport, like the Tokyo, a teriyaki-glazed beef dog with Japanese mayo, grilled onions, sriracha, and sesame seeds.
943 Orange Avenue, Coronado
Leroy’s Kitchen & Lounge
Leroy’s new farm-to-table brunch menu features eggs in creative applications, like the BLT salad, in which poached Niman Ranch eggs come on a bed of greens with heirloom tomatoes and cubes of crisp pork belly, or the hangover soup, where they float in a bowl of Asian-style broth with sprouts, pork, and udon noodles. Doubly addictive is the “Doughnuts and Coffee”—a cup of joe served with beignets and dipping sauces. Fancy a buzz instead of a kick? Sangria, mimosas, and Ballast Point Bloodys are available by the pitcher.
1015 Orange Avenue, Coronado
Mistral’s happy hour cocktails and ambitious apps are a steal by any measure, more so considering they’re prepared by a certified Master Chef of France. New summer items from chef Patrick Ponsaty include squid ink risotto, heirloom tomato bruschetta, and cocktails crafted with herbs plucked from the on-site garden. Killer sunset views and dangerously delicious truffle popcorn come complimentary. Tuesday–Saturday, 5–6:30 p.m. in Bar Mistral.
4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado
Aquí Es Texcoco
When the San Diego episode of Bizarre Foods airs on The Travel Channel this month, the rest of the world will find out what locals have known for years: This Chula Vista institution makes a mean lamb barbacoa. Pair it with a brew or two—the new craft beers imported from Tijuana complement the lamb particularly well (and regulate your internal temp).
1043 Broadway, Chula Vista