Exotic fish waggle their fins at passersby from their aquarium at Fugu's Sushi & Wok, daring visitors to experience the ocean with all five senses. Yellow lights bathe dark wood tables in warmth as guests dive into fresh sushi, sashimi, and other cool treats. From behind the sushi bar, a skilled chef rolls and chops 60 types of maki and nigiri, including yellowtail hand rolls and two-piece bites of squid and octopus. Specialty rolls arrive accented by ingredients such as avocado, chili sauce, and white or brown rice and radiate more color than a rainbow trapped in a gumball machine. Warm Chinese entrees such as walnut shrimp and cashew chicken brim with earthy flavors, which pair nicely with the restaurant's selection of sakes and crisp white wines.
The food of one's youth not only nourishes a developing body, it also nutures a nostalgic seed of comfort-food adoration that follows one through life and dimly lit alleys. Today's Groupon serves up $25 worth of Philly-inspired fare and libations at Olde City Grill in Pacific Beach for $10. Lend your cravings the sultry satisfaction of Philly cheesesteaks and fresh East Coast ingredients that will return you to the good ol' days of eating cheesesteaks during a lunch break at the sulfur mine.
Discover SD featured Prepkitchen's newest location in Del Mar. Yelpers highly praise both of Prepkitchen's locations, with the La Jolla location receiving an average rating of 4.5 stars and the Del Mar location receiving an average of four stars:
At Sadaf, variety is the main attraction. Kebabs arrive at tables skewered with juicy bits of chicken, seafood, beef, or lamb and share plate space with saffron-seasoned basmati rice. Exposed-brick walls show off bas-relief carvings of ancient symbols such as the Faravahar, which represents the Iranian nation. A ceiling painted to look like a clear sky with a thin veil of clouds and in-flight birds looks down on diners as they dig into lamb shank, boneless-chicken kebabs, and other delicacies. Weather permitting, guests can snag a seat on the front patio and scan the skies for majestic, soaring ostriches.
Though perhaps known best for its catering, Elijah’s also serves its New York-style deli cuisine at its restaurant along with bringing it to customers. The deli staff builds sky-high and overstuffed sandwiches with piles of hot corned beef, smoked turkey, or juicy roast beef. They give their eats names such as “The Rockefeller Center” to remind diners of the time they never went there but ate a delicious sandwich boasting its name.
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).