As the morning sun streams through Lemon Grove Deli’s windows, diners ponder the ultimate breakfast choice: sweet or savory. If they choose the former, they’ll excavate a belgian waffle from beneath an avalanche of strawberries and whipped cream. If the latter, they’ll bury bacon-and-cheese omelets under dollops of salsa, or enjoy a plate of huevos rancheros. The smoky scent of the grill signals the onset of lunchtime, when the eatery’s wooden tables fill with sandwiches inspired by flavors from California to New England, ranging from grilled pastrami to california cheesesteaks. Customers can also choose from their selection of loaded fries, including loaded gyros fries.
Trolley Stop Deli's choppers whip up sandwiches with Boar's Head Premium meats, toss crisp salads, and dish out breakfast fare daily. Browse the menu and select from nine specialty sandwiches ($7.25 each), such as the California, with roasted turkey and avocado, or the Cordon Bleu, featuring chicken married to a slice of ham by the power vested in melted swiss as witnessed by mayo, dijon, and a very jealous toasted sourdough. A bill of seven salads includes the roasted turkey- and swiss-infused pasta salad ($5.50), as well as the stuffed tomatoes packed with tuna, chicken, or egg salad lounging on a duvet of greens ($6.75). The Reuben Rapp and the veggie-and-cheese wrap ($7.25) hide fresh ingredients in airtight pockets. If hunger strikes at first light like an invading army or an incompetent vampire, diners can pop by Trolley Stop Deli for a three-egg bacon omelet croissant ($4.25), a bagel with cream cheese ($2.25), or the San Diegan breakfast wrap comprising chicken, cheese, salsa, jalapeños, and sour cream ($4.95).
V-House Pho & Grill simmers, fries, and ladles out a menu of traditional Vietnamese fare in a casual dining environment. Spoonfuls of vietnamese pho ($5) swaddle tongues with warm, homemade broth while your choice of beef, chicken, or seafood swims laps alongside rice noodles, bean sprouts, and fresh thai basil. V-House’s chefs craft banh mi sandwiches by lining a 6-inch loaf of french bread high with a choice of char-grilled meat or fried egg for protein, cucumber and sliced onion for crunchy texture, and pickled carrots to use mason jars left over from shuttered moonshine stands ($4). Fill up surplus space in grumbling stomachs with an order of spring rolls, a flaky shell of rice paper bound around a core of shrimp, pork, fresh lettuce, bean sprouts, and vermicelli noodles served alongside a ramekin of peanut sauce for predevouring dippage ($3 for two). The rice noodles with vegetables and tofu appease earthy appetites as rice noodles, fresh tofu, broccoli, and carrots guard over baby bok choy orphaned by its cabbage parents ($5).
Haritna Restaurant’s menu of regional Middle Eastern dishes plots out an exploration of international edibles accompanied by fresh bread baked in house. Twin skewers support the Kifta kebab’s seasoned ground beef mixed with juicy onions and leafy parsley, and the skewers can be recycled into jumbo toothpicks or extra crossbow bolts after the meal ($8). Insatiable incisors tear into the house-specialty barbecue chicken, a charbroiled half chicken delicately marinated to sport an appetizing tan while luxuriating on a beach of basmati rice ($8). Chicken-kebab and falafel sandwiches ensnare their respective ingredients in a doughy cell made out of a french roll, a pita, or sourdough bread ($5.50 each). Plunge slices of Haritna’s bread into a pristine pool of hummus ($3/small, $5.50/large) or fool, a combination of fava beans, garlic, and lemon juice mixed by an august clown ($3/small, $5.50/large). Harnita's also make sweets such as knafeh, shredded dough stuffed with cheese and syrup ($3.50), and harisseh ($1) in house.
Exposed wooden rafters and cobblestone walls create the rustic ambiance that The Vine Cottage’s name promises, but the menu adds dimension to this theme with a contemporary take on Italian and American staples. The chefs value sustainably produced meals, so they seek out seasonal, organic, and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. These ingredients lend vibrant flavors to the menu’s flatbread-style pizzas, hearty pasta dishes, and grilled steaks. Housemade duck leg confit and remoulade also help to create a dining experience that is homey yet refined, much like the artwork-laden refrigerator in Monet’s childhood home.
As San Diego?s oldest interactive mystery-comedy dinner theater, Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater dazzles audiences with live comedic mystery performances. Each show boasts an interactive format in which actors engage with the audience, possibly involving them in plotlines and using them in cameo appearances.