On Clairemont Mesa Boulevvard in Kearny Mesa, Khan’s Cave Grill & Tavern serves up creative pan-Asian cuisine in a comfortably chic space. The menu takes inspiration from traditional Asian flavors and offers modern twists to these rustic dishes with gourmet presentation. Patrons love the Creamy Walnut Shrimp, a lightly crisped shrimp in cream sauce with caramelized walnuts and served with a salad and white or brown rice. The sports-friendly outdoor patio space is a great place to relax with cocktails and appetizers, while enjoying the warmth of one of the fire pits. Khan’s also makes use of the thriving craft-brew scene in San Diego, featuring 20 different local beers on tap. Whether it’s an intimate date or after-work happy hour with friends, a visit to Khan’s Cave is always a great time.
If you want an expertly mixed drink, look no further than Ryan Fisher of Craft & Commerce, who was recently crowned one of San Diego Magazine’s top bartenders. Ryan’s most popular cocktail is the Eden’s Orchard punch bowl, a champagne-based medley of spirits and fruity flavors.
If you’re nervous about choosing just one of Neighborhood’s 27 microbrews, don’t worry—you won’t have to. The beer flight allows you to taste a few. Pair them with one of the juicy burgers or an order of butter-poached black mussels for a satisfying pub meal.
Pork-belly hush puppies. A burger topped with aged gouda cheese. Bacon pâté, date jam, and garlic confit on toast. At Sessions Public, farm-to-table comfort food gets a high-society makeover. But 20 draft beers keep things relatively simple, as far as the drink menu is concerned.
Inside Chapter One: The Modern Local, high, lofted ceilings, geometric light fixtures, and chunky wooden furnishings complement Executive Chef David Martinico's menu of seasonal contemporary cuisine. Patrons clink glasses of handpicked brews or craft cocktails?such as the restaurant's signature moscow mule?as they dine on locally sourced produce and humane meat. Meals draw on flavors from across the globe: ?touf?e fries covered in spicy Cajun roux bespeak a New Orleans influence, and yakisoba stir-fries and a housemade sausage topped in kimchi import East Asian tastes. The Frank Sinatra?themed Sunday brunch pairs classic dishes such as brioche french toast with bacon-bourbon bloody marys and other creative drinks. Chapter One: the modern local also breaks up up the drudgery of the workweek with regular events such as charity bingo, jazz performances, and a fortnightly burning of uncomfortable business shoes.
Situated in the heart of Old World Village, The Grubb Haus treats persnickety taste buds to a host of creatively styled comfort fare and decadent fried desserts. A spread of sandwiches and platters fills the lunch menu, abating midday cravings with a salisbury steak sandwich guarded by a moat of mashed potatoes and gravy ($10.95) or the Hillbilly burger, a half-pound patty battered, deep-fried, and buried beneath corn, bacon, and american cheese ($9.95 for lunch; $10.99 for dinner). International influences run wild throughout the dinner menu, with orders of pumpkin-filled ravioli with chicken ($15.99) entertaining taste buds alongside penne pollo porcini ($16.50) and goulash with German dumplings ($11.99). The Grubb Haus also offers diners sweet meal-making denouements via indulgent, deep-fried treats ($2.49–$4.99), including Twinkies and Oreos, which they can devour or smugly savor in front of salivating passersby on a pet-friendly outdoor patio.