At Sadaf, variety is the main attraction. Kebabs arrive at tables skewered with juicy bits of chicken, seafood, beef, or lamb and share plate space with saffron-seasoned basmati rice. Exposed-brick walls show off bas-relief carvings of ancient symbols such as the Faravahar, which represents the Iranian nation. A ceiling painted to look like a clear sky with a thin veil of clouds and in-flight birds looks down on diners as they dig into lamb shank, boneless-chicken kebabs, and other delicacies. Weather permitting, guests can snag a seat on the front patio and scan the skies for majestic, soaring ostriches.
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.
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.
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.