If you were to open up a calendar, close your eyes, and point to a random date, it wouldn't matter?Incredible Cafe is open. Every day of the year, the Rancho Bernardo food stop fires up its ovens at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast, and keeps them churning out fresh baked goods through lunch. In the morning, servers dish out farm-fresh omelets, sizzling skillets, and fluffy pancakes made from scratch. Later in the day, sandwiches and half-pound angus burgers arrive on the scene, including an open-faced chiliburger buried beneath a homemade, three-bean chili avalanche. Visitors can enjoy their meal out on the Cafe's pet-friendly patio, where dogs can actually join their owners instead of donning fake mustaches and standing on each others shoulders under a trench coat.
Capri Blu Restaurant capitalizes on the hearty flavors of the Italian countryside. The elegant simplicity of that cuisine shines in dishes such as the homemade potato gnocchi and chicken and wild mushrooms saut?ed in a marsala wine sauce. But the Chefs also demonstrate their ability to find inspiration beyond Italian borders. One of their inventive items includes a pizza topped with barbecued chicken, sesame seeds, cilantro, and a spicy extra virgin olive oil. The wine list demonstrates a similar amount of versatility with bottles from three continents, although many hail from regions throughout Italy. An enclosed patio lures groups outside of the earth-toned contemporary main room, yet crowds tend to stay in their seats on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings when live musicians take over.
The concept of the South in evidence at Luc's Bistro is expansive, including not just down-home American comfort foods but historical influences from French, Creole, and Cajun cuisines. In an airy room that's a little fancier than the location tucked away off busy Poway Road might suggest, servers deliver plates accented with spicy touches such as paprika mayo or peppered bacon. Breakfast bites include Cafe du Monde beignets and eggs benedict with ham and homemade hollandaise. For a lighter lunchtime offering, diners might try the crab-cake sandwich or simply suck the helium out of a balloon. Dinner entrees range from Atlantic salmon to old Southern standbys such as country-fried steak and shrimp and grits.
Home-style Italian dishes draws visitors to Vittorio?s, formerly Villa Capri 2, where chefs make the restaurant?s cheese ravioli, gnocchi, and black-ink linguine by hand, and even create a unique ?ravioli del giorno? each day. Diners can pair selections with 1 of 24 red, white, and sparkling wines, available by the glass or out of your neighbor?s cupped palm. The smell of Italian delicacies permeates through a dining room that resembles a Tuscan villa, with faux wrought-iron balconies, terra-cotta-colored walls, and stone archways.
Rossi's Pizza and Family Sports Bar’s culinary team depends on the fruits of California. Chefs incorporate local cheese, olives, and bread into their dishes, and stock the bar with more than 15 wines, all of which are bottled in state. The cooks bolster regional ingredients with handmade dough, a special three-cheese blend grated in-house, and from-scratch marinara sauce, ranch dressing, and garlic butter. Beyond that, chefs craft award-winning homemade lasagna from a family recipe, pile BBQ roast beef and oven-roasted chicken onto Italian rolls, and crown specialty pizzas with toppings such as cashews and sliced avocado. They also serve bar classics such as chicken fingers and hamburgers.
Along with Californian wine, 25 draft beers served in frosted mugs can help wash down meals, which unfold in a spacious dining area that surrounds guests with exposed brick, flat-screen TVs, and sports memorabilia. In the private team room, groups can enjoy a slice while reviewing strategies on a whiteboard and watching game footage on a big-screen TV . After feasts, patrons can stick around for games in Rossi’s arcade, which includes more than 17 classics such as pinball, foosball, and air hockey.
From thin, two-handed East Coast staples to the Midwest's famed deep-dish variety, Sweet Home Chicago brings the best to the west. Feast on a super skinny slice of NY-style pie smothered in cheese ($11 medium, $14 large), pepperoni and sausage ($15 for a medium), or pepperoni, sausage, meatball, mushroom, onion, and green peppers ($19 for a large). Toppings run the gamut from black olives to banana peppers. Chunky tomato sauce crested atop a buttery crest with mounds and mounds of cheese epitomize the Windy City's stuffed pie. Stretch stomach muscles to the moon and back with a monkey pie, studded with sausage and banana peppers ($17 medium, $21.50 large), or a meat-heavy and jalapeño-blessed El Goffo ($19 medium, $23.75 large). Sweet Home Chicago also serves Chicago-style thin crust (browned cheese, square cut), calzones, and salads. A wide selection of rotating craft beers makes perfect pizza companions.