Restaurant of the Moment: Grater Grilled Cheese

3545 Del Mar Heights Rd

San Diego, CA 92130

www.gratergrilledcheese.com

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After enjoying success with their food truck and their first storefront location in Mission Valley, Grater Grilled Cheese recently opened a store in Carmel Valley at the Del Mar Highlands Town Center!

A word of advice: if you don’t like cheese and butter, you’re not going to enjoy this restaurant. But if your late night dreams are made of cheese, you’ll want to try the Grater Grilled Cheese menu right away! The menu consists of grilled cheese sandwiches (of course), mac n cheese, tomato soup, and loaded cheese fries. Our favorite grilled cheeses are the Basic 5 Grilled Cheese and the Avocado Grilled Cheese. You can also create your own grilled cheese sandwich! The mac n cheese is also delicious, though more of a side size than an entree. We really liked the Grater Mac! And of course you can’t go wrong with the cheese fries, or Pommes Frites! Try the 5 Cheese or the Lobster Pomme Frites which are big enough to share!

If you’re craving a good grilled cheese and tomato soup or mac n cheese, stop by Grater Grilled Cheese! “Making the world a grater place one grilled cheese at a time!”

 

Restaurant of the Moment: Todo’s Sushi

9823 Carroll Canyon Rd #K

San Diego, CA 92131

www.todosushisd.com

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Nestled in a small shopping center on the edge of Scripps Ranch, Todo’s Sushi is one of the area’s best kept secrets! A true hole-in-the-wall sushi joint, Todo’s is a local favorite that turns out consistently delicious sushi.

Open for both lunch and dinner, Todo’s is known for their amazing rolls! We recommend bringing a few friends so you can sample several different rolls. Our favorites are the Shrimp Tempura Crunch Roll, Spider Roll, Langostino Crunch Roll, Star Wars Roll, Sensual Pleasure Roll, and Sweet Hawaiian Roll. If you sit at the bar, you’ll get the opportunity to sample even more delicious food as the chefs will make sure your plate is never empty!

Todo’s also serves Japanese favorites like gyoza, yakitori, teriyaki, miso soup, and udon. For dessert, try the green tea tempura ice cream – you won’t be disappointed.

One of the best things about Todo’s Sushi (besides the awesome food) is the discounts. Many of the rolls come with dine-in discounts of 50% off. And if you’re picking up takeout, a 40% discount still applies to many of the rolls! Not only does Todo’s have some of the best sushi in the Scripps Ranch area, it’s also affordable!

Restaurant of The Moment: Rimel’s Rotisserie

12955 El Camino Real Suite G-2

San Diego, CA 92130

www.rimelsrestaurants.com

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Rimel’s is a popular family-owned restaurant located in the Del Mar Highlands. The all-natural, healthy, and locally-grown menu has been a success for over 22 years. The rotisserie kitchen cooks everything over oak, which is milled from their local ranch, and serves grass-fed, Animal Welfare Association approved meats. The bulk of the fish served is supplied from their own fish company that is long-line caught and local when possible.

Our favorite menu item at Rimel’s has to be the pot-stickers. They are crisped to perfection and lathered in a mix of three homemade sauces. You also can’t miss their rotisserie chicken, which is juicy, flavorful, and all-natural. Other delicious menu items include the steaming rice bowls, tortilla roja soup, and the simple, grilled fish tacos. Most plates are served with rice, beans, and as many of their sauces as you desire.

Rimel’s also has two other locations in La Jolla and Cardiff-By-The-Sea.

Restaurant of The Moment: Birdseye Kitchen

540 N. Coast Hwy
Encinitas, CA 92024

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Located on the Encinitas/ Leucadia border, Birdseye Kitchen has enjoyed much popularity in its first year of business. It’s easy to see the appeal due to the great food, excellent service, and lovely atmosphere. The restaurant itself is beautiful. The decor is simple, elegant, and features the work of local artists hanging on the walls. The front window rolls up on a sunny day, giving the main room fresh air and plenty of light.

This Vietnamese-Thai restaurant differentiates itself from other Southeast Asian-inspired eateries due to the fact that the menu is conscientious of its food sources and ingredients. The menu is made up of organic, nutrient-dense ingredients and grass-fed meats. There are interesting fusion dishes as well as classic dishes such as pho, pad thai, and house special curry.  Most menu items can be made gluten-free and/or vegan.

We highly recommend the beef pho, drunken noodles with curry powder added, and yellow curry. But you really can’t go wrong because each dish is perfectly seasoned, fresh, and delicious!

Restaurant of The Moment: Bangkok Bay

731 South Highway 101, #1B1
Solana Beach, CA 92075
www.bangkok-bay.com

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If you’re in Solana Beach and craving great, authentic, Thai food, Bangkok Bay is the place to go!  The restaurant itself will trick you into thinking you are dining in Thailand with its authentic decor. The minimal lighting creates a romantic ambiance and is a popular date night spot.

It is a must to order the Tom Kha soup, Pad Thai With Chicken, and theDrunken Noodles. The portions are huge, so family-style eating is recommended. For desert, try the Fried Banana With Coconut Ice Cream!

Make sure you get a reservation because this place gets packed. Also, pay in cash and you will most likely get a discount!

Restaurant of the Moment: Buona Forchetta

3001 Beech St                                                                                                                    San Diego, CA 92102

http://buonaforchettasd.com/ 

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Searching for the best pizza San Diego has to offer? Look no more! Buona Forchetta is a contemporary Italian pizzeria and restaurant located in South Park. They offer an extensive selection of homemade pizzas, pastas, seafoods, and wines. At the heart of their operation is Sofia the Golden Oven. The Golden Oven is a custom made masterpiece manufactured in Italy then shipped to San Diego that allows Buona Forchetta to offer customers the most authentic Neapolitan wood fired pizzas around. Their menu consists of over 35 different types of thin crust pizza ranging from the simple Margherita pizza to the 2010 gourmet world pizza champion, the Marcello. If your looking for something more unique, try our personal favorite, their Pizza in a Jar, which puts a spin on the classic wood fired pizza.

After your meal, relax with one of their delicious house made cannoli or tiramisu, while sipping on a hot cup of espresso and listening to regulars try out their Italian on the Italian-speaking servers.  There is usually a 2 hour or more wait on weekends so be sure to call ahead and reserve yourself a table.

Be on the look out for their second location opening soon in Liberty Station!

 

Restaurant of the Moment: Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

4718 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92117

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If you have never heard of or experienced an authentic “Hot Pot” meal, now is your chance! Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot offers traditionally prepared Mongolian broths, meat, and vegetables to completely satisfy your tastes buds and hunger! Hot Pot is a traditional Mongolian dish where a large metal bowl is filled with special broths, herbs, and spices. In addition to the basic broth and ingredients of the Hot Pot, other food items and delicacies such as meats, noodles, and vegetables can be added for more flavor and substance to the entire broth. Similar to other Asian AYCE (all you can eat) franchises such as bottomless sushi or Korean BBQ, you have a variety of selections of meat and vegetables to add to your Hot Pot!

There are a variety of menu options for this restaurant’s hot pot! You can even choose what kind of broth to cook your food items in, including the spicy broth, the classic broth, or the half and half option. There are 39 meat options including pork, beef, sheep, and fish delicacies all prepared fresh. There are also a variety of healthy  vegetable options featuring both Mongolian and American ingredients. Although the customer is required to cook his/her ingredients in the hotpot, the prepared meats are tenderized and the vegetables are fresh. The staff and service are friendly, professional, and are willing to help out first timers with what to order according to their own personal tastes and preferences. Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot is perfect for large groups or family outings, just make sure everyone comes hungry!