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Date Night at Donovan’s: Vanessa Balli and Rick Morton

The San Diego couple share their experience at the La Jolla restaurant


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Vanessa Balli, fashion blogger and owner of Vanessa Balli Hair, and her husband Rick Morton, host of Morton in the Morning on Z90, treated themselves to a romantic dinner at Donovan’s overlooking the La Jolla shoreline. Date nights have become less frequent since the busy couple’s daughter, Josephine, was born, but they still manage to try a new restaurant, go to a concert, or check out a comedy show a few times a month. Here Vanessa shares her Date Night at Donovan’s experience.


What’d you two order?

We really went for it! We started with the seafood tower which was amazing! Rick tried his very first oyster and loved it, and I kept going back for more king crab legs. We also had the seared cajon lamb chops which were seasoned to perfection and we each had the roasted beet salad. Since Donovan's is known for its steaks, we had to order a couple. Rick went with the 16-ounce ribeye with hand-layered gruyère au gratin potatoes and I had the 12-ounce New York strip with a side of skin-on smashed potatoes with roasted garlic. After all this we were pretty full, so we shared a dessert, my all-time favorite, creme brulee.



What are you keeping in mind for next time?

There were a few items on the menu that caught our attention for our next visit: the mac ‘n' cheese with bacon, the ahi poke martini, and the north Atlantic king salmon. Yum!


What was your date night budget, if there was one?

No budget :)



What was your favorite part?

Being able to spend one-on-one time together in a beautiful location overlooking the ocean with delectable food and outstanding service.

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