Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Stuff


TOP OF THE COVE has been around so long you tend to forget it’s there, but chef Timothy Ralphs keeps this institution up to date with a menu that includes “Lamb Lollipops,” or five-spice–rubbed chops served on Asian-style “chow-chow” relish (a term to relish) . . . Double dipping will be allowed at The Melting Pot, a nationwide franchise that advises “Interactive fondue dining is coming to La Jolla.” Well, actually, Forever Fondue has purveyed tasty pots of molten cheese on Prospect Street for years now. The Melting Pot will take over a University City location in the Golden Triangle’s Aventine that has been a revolving door for eateries.

WAY UP NORTH: The half-a-million-bucks remodel of Pacifica Del Mar (David Robinson did it, and he’s good) stars an 80-foot-long luminaire, or horizontal chandelier, hung above the serpentine bar. Rest an elbow beneath this behemoth on May 24, when chef Chris Idso prepares a five-course dinner to accompany choice wines from d’Arenburg. Buy in for $75 per person, plus tax and tip . . . No remodel up the road at Pacific Coast Grill in Solana Beach, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Proprietor Steve Goldberg’s co-ownership of the Muttropolis dog-and-cat boutiques explains the doggy-licious “Canine Cuisine” menu served on PCG’s garden patio . . . All kinds of new stuff in North County, where David Robinson also designed Paradise Grille in Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade. Details include a glass-encircled fire-pit dining table on the patio, Point Loma native Justin Hoehn as head honcho in the kitchen and one-time Mille Fleurs manager Conan Adair as coproprietor—with his wife, former Four Seasons Resort Aviara concierge Shana Adair . . . And in ritzy Santaluz (didn’t we call this North City West once upon a time?), Philippe Verpiand, who wielded a mean sauté pan as executive chef at Tapenade, has opened his very own Cavaillon. Named for Verpiand’s hometown, this pretty place offers an equally pretty dinner menu Tuesday through Sunday.

IT’S ACADEMIC: Had Brokeback Mountain taken the Best Picture Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards, would it be even more difficult to snag a primetime table at Jake’s Del Mar? (Missed the flick? Ask someone who saw it.) . . . Evans Hotels promo wizard Steve Pelzer gleefully added gift certificates for stays at The Lodge at Torrey Pines to the “goodie bags” (valued at $65,000+ each) presented to the five Best Actress nominees. So when do we get to see Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron forking up cobb salad in The Grille?

GOLD HUNTERS: “I’m crazy,” says Gavin Kaysen—but he’s not. Driven, maybe, ambitious for sure, the 26-year-old chef at El Bizcocho is preparing for the American finals of the top-of-the-heap Bocuse d’Or culinary competition by putting in eight-hour practice sessions on days off. He also comes in early and stays late (waaay late) Wednesdays and Thursdays, making and remaking the halibut and chicken entrées he and the two other finalists will present to judges at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, May 20. The winner will cook for even tougher judges in Lyon, France, next January 27, vying against top chefs from 26 countries. Kaysen’s equally ambitious assistant, 20-year-old Brandon Rogers of Jack’s La Jolla, hopes to be there, too. I’m crossing all my fingers and toes for these bright young guys.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

San Diego's Best New Restaurants 2015

From upscale modern Mexican to a hole-in-the-wall Thai spot, food critic Troy Johnson reveals his 10 favorite new eateries of 2015

La Vida Vegan: Donut Turn Around

Vegan pastries? Nomad Donuts made me a believer.

New Restaurant: The Nolen

The neighborhood long known for boozy revelry is getting a splash of sophistication
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. Dear Chargers, It's Over
    A pre-emptive breakup letter to the team we love
  2. Healthcare Goes High-Tech
    Dr. Eric Topol is putting health care in the palms of our hands
  3. Be Seen This Fall in Rancho Mirage
    Enter To Win a 2 Night Stay Package at The Luxurious Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
  4. Growing Up in San Diego
    26 memories of being a kid in America's Finest City
  5. Incoming: Liberty Public Market
    San Diego's big public market unveils three big new concepts
  6. FIRST LOOK: Duke's La Jolla
    For decades, Top of the Cove in La Jolla held one of the most iconic restaurant spots in San Diego. Now they've finally filled that space. Take an exclusive first look at Duke's La Jolla.
Edit ModuleShow Tags


October is Rideshare Month

Join the Rideshare 2015 Challenge and get there together

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags


Win Dinner for Two at Black&Blue Steakhouse

Win dinner for two at Black&Blue Steakhouse and $25 in Free Slot Play at Valley View Casino

MADE IN AMERICA — Craft Icons of the 50 States

MADE IN AMERICA is the last exhibition in Mingei International Museum’s American Icons series, celebrating 100 years of folk art, craft and design from coast to coast.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags