Local ingredients spend less time in transport, decrease a meal's environmental impact, and, as longtime residents, can legally run for city council. Keep it in the neighborhood with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $45 worth of upscale California bistro fare and beverages at Jeremy's on the Hill in Wynola.
Twenty three-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 grilled California rib-eye steak served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus, and mushroom ragout ($26). The California Sunshine 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, cheddar cheese, and chipotle aioli ($14).
An effervescent range of sparkling wines, local red and white varietals, and beers replenish overactive salivary glands, and the dessert menu eases stunned bon vivants back into reality with a rotating assortment of confections, including the Chambord crème brûlée with fresh berries and mint ($10). The restaurant also offers a weekend champagne brunch, occasional live music, and a breezy outdoor patio.
4354 Hwy. 78
Wynola, California 92070