At this Zagat-rated restaurant, 24-year-old chef Jeremy Manley puts an adventurous spin on the California bistro, using an armory of locally sourced organic produce and seasonal ingredients from Julian, Ramona, Borrego Springs, and Valley Center. The ever-changing dinner menu regales diners with bison bratwurst from nearby Star B Ranch topped with speedway stout sauce blended with AleSmith beer and gouda cheese ($18). The california cheddar burger, like an avant-garde portrait of the Hamburglar, provides an exciting new look at the classic sandwich with its smooth coating of avocado butter, mango pico de gallo, crunchy prosciutto, and chipotle aioli ($15).
Cin Cin! uses local, fresh ingredients, organic produce, and classic Italian cooking techniques to create a seasonal menu of simple, yet elegant salads, pizzas, pastas, and more. Signal the start of dinner with your best howler-monkey impression before an appetizer of habanero mussels in a Valencia orange and basil broth ($8.95). Continue the trek toward the main course by way of salad, such as the grilled antipasto (fresh mozzarella, artichoke hearts, romaine, and Italian deli meats, $6.95). Cin Cin!'s selection of pasta dishes sees Italy through California glasses with dishes such as the roasted pepper and shrimp gnocchi ($15.95). Create your own leaning tower by ordering all four preconceived pizza varieties, including the Greek ($12.95) and gorgonzola and figs ($12.95), and topping the stack with a build-your-own original ($10, plus $2 per topping). The lunch menu features a pared-down dinner selection, plus paninis ($8.50).
Poway Sushi Lounge celebrates the grand economy of flavor that can be packed into a singular, satisfying chomp. Starting appetites simmer under the spell of chipotle-baked mussels ($6) and agedashi tofu that's flash-fried before a soothing bonito bath ($5), bracing the palate for the dynamic rolls ahead. Handmade sushi rolls cater themselves to all hankerings with refreshing bites of spicy crab in the Red Dragon rolls ($12) and Tsunami rolls that unite shrimp, crab, avocado, and asparagus layered in Cajun-seared albacore and roasted garlic ($14). A diverse nigiri and sashimi menu focuses on individual ingredients, while the kitchen's selection of entrees ushers in classic plates of sesame chicken ($12) and charred salmon with asparagus and baby spinach ($14).