Lunch at Crush Italian Cuisine and Lounge (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Solana Beach

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Local, organic ingredients shine in Italian-influenced sandwiches and make-your-own salads

The Fine Print

Expires Mar 27th, 2013. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Not valid until 2/1/13. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Must purchase a food item. Dine-in only. Valid only for lunch. Lunch is served Tuesday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose Between Two Options

  • $15 for $30 worth of Italian lunch
  • $25 for $50 worth of Italian lunch for four or more

The lunch menu includes sandwiches such as the Crush burger with aged cheddar and sun-dried tomato aioli ($13); a pastrami sandwich on rye with stone-ground-mustard slaw, fontina cheese, and housemade pickles ($14.50); and a quattro formaggi grilled cheese with provolone, gruyere, asiago, fontina, and thyme ($11). Appetizer options include Crush bruschetta ($8) and roasted mussels ($11), and diners can also opt to create their own salads with their choice of 10 items ($12/person).

Crush Italian Cuisine and Lounge

Crush Italian Cuisine and Lounge chefs Jason Colabove and Mike Lina make a point of sourcing their ingredients from local vendors: they track down farm-fresh produce and procure seafood from the environmentally responsible Carlsbad Aquafarm. But they put equal emphasis on the way those ingredients are prepared. "I was surprised and delighted at how perfectly each shrimp was cooked," gushed a writer for the San Diego Reader after a visit to the restaurant's Solana Beach location. "The flavor was plate-licking luscious."

Shrimp is just one of the kitchen's specialties. The chefs also craft home-style meatballs with bursts of basil pesto, toss apples with spiced pecans and currants, and simmer ragu sauce for six hours, coaxing out rich flavors in each dish. Sheep's-milk ricotta lends bolognese tagliatelle a creamy bite, and market fresh fish are prepared with seasonal accents. Patrons can listen to live music in the sleek, modern lounge or converse around the bed of flames at the center of the fire-pit table, which will quickly consume any friends' scarves that you quietly position over it.

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