Helmed by brothers Sandeep and Jagdeep Kambo, Royal India represents the best of two worlds—fine dining and homecooked cuisine. Made-to-order naan, mint chutney, and a decadent tomato tikka masala sauce—which Fodor's summed up in one word: "smoky"—all come from mother Kambo, as do the rest of the menu's authentic Indian specialties and the kitchen's heirloom spoon. Paired with the Market Street location's 125-seat dining room and dazzling indoor waterfall, and it's no wonder Royal India's cuisine has nabbed a top-five ranking in the Best Indian category of San Diego A-List for five years running. What’s more, the spot features an ornate, hand-carved bar, where mixologists craft refreshing Indian mojitos and mango martinis—drinks that rival the kitchen's decadent desserts of mango mousse and spiced rice pudding.
A passion for fresh and organic plant-based ingredients led Mitch Wallis and Rich Robinson to open Evolution Fast Food several years ago. Dedicated meat eaters will be surprised by the vegan menu, which includes “chicken” burgers and even faux buffalo, along with sandwich wraps, and smoothies. The compact site includes a small inside seating area, a drive through, about a dozen parking spaces and shaded patio spaces for relaxed dining. The ever-popular desserts include cheesecakes, lots of cookie choices and even soft serve non-dairy ice cream that will even please the little ones. The casual atmosphere makes trying the unique and flavorful offerings at Evolution Fast Food an easy and fun dining choice.
This North Park eatery is renowned chef Matt Gordon’s first restaurant in San Diego (he has three now) and it’s remained a local favorite for the past seven years. Set in a New Orleans-style yellow house, Urban Solace hosts a festive packed affair each Sunday with their live bluegrass brunch. Their homemade buttermilk cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing are a worthwhile splurge and other delectables include homemade cheddar and chive biscuits and butter pecan french toast. Chef Gordon’s modern American cuisine favors organic, sustainable and natural foods, and the chef makes his own sauces and condiments. For dinner, customers can start with black mussels dotted with potatoes and bacon lardon, and then try the barbecued-glazed Duroc pork belly with creamy grits for some Southern flair. The craft cocktail program provides fun sippers like their Cuke Mule, organic cucumber-infused vodka with ginger syrup, fresh key lime and ginger beer.
The ingredients at Spread the Restaurant don’t have much time to enjoy their life outside the garden. In fact, many of the all-organic, fresh veggies, fruits, and edible flowers that go into their eclectic entrees get dug out of the ground, plucked from the tree, or shaken out of the Jolly Green Giant’s knapsack that very day. Spread’s team is uncompromising when it comes to freshness, and virtually everything that their restaurant is and does reflects that philosophy. The menu, for example, changes every day to reflect what foods have been gathered in the garden or at the local farmer’s market that morning, rotating through such creative dishes as wild mushroom ragu, savory cornbread French toast, and white chocolate salad. But besides their freshness, the items on the menu all have something else in common; they adhere to the team’s belief in the benefits of a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Pita Jungle stands out as a healthy dining option for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Locations throughout Arizona and Southern California feature a menu of roasted chicken shawarmas, steak pitas, and other Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Pita Jungle, a full-service sit-in restaurant, also has its share of surprises. Take, for example, the wood-fired pizzas topped with honey-mustard glazed chicken and roasted garlic, or the healthy black-bean and portobello burgers, all washed down with a variety of wines and beers.
The mission- and volunteer-driven clinic provides alternative, holistic health care to low-income and underserved communities at a complimentary or low rate. Its team dispenses naturopathic and chiropractic medicine from its office and at an array of outside events. For almost a decade, it's been the driving force behind the San Diego Healing Arts Festival, which in recent years has been visited by 30,000 guests. During Alternative Happy Hour events, healthy snacks fuel attendees who pay $10 to experience acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, massage, and energy healing, along with courses in yoga, drumming, and mild or spicy salsa dance. The clinic also donates services to organizations such as the YWCA women's shelter and the Wounded Warrior Project, which benefits veterans affected by injuries and psychological issues.