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.
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.
Spread's delectable spreads are hand-mashed from local, organic ingredients. The sumptuous pressed-peanut concoctions include the savory-sweet dark-chocolate-curry peanut spread ($9.50), designed to melt smoothly over sautéed bananas, and the luxurious gold-and-dark-chocolate peanut spread($20), which mixes in antioxidant-loaded flakes of 23-karat gold and rich dark chocolate and gives stomachs a taste of the riches that greedy hands are always clutching to themselves. Though most of Spread's sandwich-cargo is rendered from G.W. Carver's legume of choice, other nutty blends include their signature butterscotch-almond butter, fused with sweet butterscotch chips ($11), and the beach-ready piña colada, a creamy blend of dried organic pineapple, coconut flakes, and white chocolate ($9.50).
Ranchos is a family-owned restaurant that specializes in traditional Mexican, Vegetarian, and Vegan meals. It is located in the heart of the North Park community in San Diego. Ranchos is well-known for its award-winning vegetarian food and traditional dining experience.
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.