Raised on a Belgium farm, pastry pro Francois Goedhuys now peppers palates with European fare handcrafted from seasonal produce often plucked from his organic garden. The bistro's breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu tempts stoic tongues with a treasure trove of healthful noshables. Tuck in the eggplant sandwich painted with pesto and flattered with cheese on eight-grain or french-italian bread ($7.95) or the lamb stew swimming with german potatoes ($12.75).
Perched on a cliff in La Jolla, Crab Catcher's sea-foam-green dining room surveys the source of its Zagat-approved dishes: the ocean. Chefs let their hauls of fresh fish speak for themselves, simply accentuating sea bass with mustard-thyme sauce or tossing Mexican shrimp in cilantro-garlic butter. Patrons seated inside at lofty wicker chairs or hiding under the patio's tables complement their meals with wines hailing from vineyards nearby or as far as Australia.
Baking up a fresh, Californian spin on traditional New York-style thin-crust pizza, the chefs at Pizza Pronto craft gourmet pies using premium ingredients, a blend of Italian cheeses, and homemade sauces. They adorn their creations with all-natural toppings, including grilled eggplant, basil, and spicy gyro meat carved onsite. In fact, Pizza Pronto's fresh ingredients and crusts earned the eatery a 2012 Golden Grub Award and a spot on the Union Tribune's Best Pizza of 2012 finalist list.
As pizzas adopt golden hues inside ovens, chefs whip up hearty pastas, sandwiches, and marinated kebabs. They also forge robust salads that can complement any meal with crisp lettuce, veggies, and grilled meats.