San Diego’s Homage to Fall Food Holidays
Written By: Rina Magsombol Fall Food Holidays
Photographed By: Josie Gonzalez
Every season has its share of limited time treats. Fall brings back scarves and turtlenecks, boots and dark lipstick, and of course, fall food holidays that you’ve been looking forward to since…well, last fall. As the temperature drops this season, grab your coat and some rad company and make your way to these San Diego eatery joints and celebrate accordingly. September, October and November will be sure to offer you a compendium of tasty eats that will complement each holiday respectfully. National Cheeseburger Day is around the corner. Vegetarians will unite in the forthcoming weeks. National Egg Day is finally here! However if you’re going to participate during this season’s extravaganzas, San Diego’s district is sprawling with undeniable options.
Brie and Honey Toast
September is National Honey Month, a time to celebrate the incorporation of this flavorful sweetener into a variety of different dishes. Rustic Root, located in the heart of downtown San Diego, offers its signature Brie and Honey toast, a fan-favorite and must try dish for those looking to indulge.
Just one of many rustic American dishes on the menu, the Brie and Honey toast is prepared on whole wheat bread topped with applewood smoked bacon, walnut, taj farm honey and avocado accompanied by a frisee and cranberry salad drizzled with honey dijon vinaigrette.
What pairs perfectly with Rustic Root’s Brie and Honey toast? Any one of the selections from its “Timeless Cocktails” menu which boasts an impressive list of masterfully crafted cocktails, each named for the year it was originally created.
Native Knowledge: Aside from its delicious dishes and refreshing cocktails, Rustic Root is known for its locals-friendly happy hour which includes half-priced appetizers and $2 off cocktails from Monday to Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Rustic Root’s rooftop is the perfect place to socialize, sip, savor and enjoy unbeatable views of downtown San Diego.
535 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
Shrimp Scampi | Pappardelle al Ragu Bolognese | Orecchiette con Salsicce e Broccoletti
October 17: National Pasta Day
Whether you like your pasta colored, wheat, or green, curly, thin or bow-tie, this October 17, endeavor anyway you like! National Pasta Day is your hiatus away from your carb worries. Pasta is more than just spaghetti and fettuccini. There are over 600 different pasta shapes to choose from, including Capellini, Bigoli, Fusilli, and Ziti. How will you pay tribute to this fine holiday? A bowl of angel hair and chicken piccata, perhaps? Maybe a heap of rotini smothered in carbonara and call it a day? However you do pasta on October 17, do it right.
Salvucci’s will be inviting guests to feast the way your Italian “nonna” would want you to on October 17. Salvucci’s was inspired by RMD Group owners and partners, Mike Georgopolous, Dan and Dave Renzella, whom were all raised in a large Italian-American family on the East coast.
They will be highlighting three of their signature pasta dishes that illustrate the affinity Salvucci’s has for authentic, quality homemade recipes. Order a round of their Shrimp Scampi, a classic dish. You will immediately notice the fragrant shrimp, sautéed in garlic, wine, butter, and lemon, and tossed with fresh pasta cooked al dente. Pappardelle al Ragu Bolognese is another tour de force of Salvucci’s, with freshly-cut, thick pasta and Bolognese sauce finished with shaved parmesan and basil. Orecchiette con Salsicce e Broccoletti is a third option that will electrify your sensory motors. This ear-shaped pasta includes sausage, garlic, white wine, and vibrant broccoli rabe. The Salvucci’s team goes to great lengths for their guests; so, although the vibrant flavors in each bite may be enough for you, Salvucci’s is proud to delight restaurant guests that mention National Pasta Day on the 17th with a complimentary pasta dish. Of course, restrictions apply, but trust us, your “nonna” would want you to eat some delicious, free pasta!
Native Knowledge: Salvucci’s offers other delectable pasta dishes like ravioli and lasagna. Other menu items to satisfy the appetite include fresh salads and mouth-watering pizza.
935 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
Lobster and Shrimp Eggs Benedict
October 14: World Egg Day
Remembered every year on the second Friday of October since its genesis in 1996, World Egg Day has been a chance for everyone around the world to recognize eggs as a valuable source of protein and a universal food source, significant in many cuisines.
What makes World Egg Day absolutely amazing at Chandler’s Restaurant? Their Lobster and Shrimp Eggs Benedict, of course. With perfectly poached eggs, chives, and housemade hollandaise sauce, this irresistible fare harmonizes the morning and early noon just right, after one bite. During this food holiday, Chef Teri McIllwain will feature egg in Chandler’s lunch and dinner specials, allowing their guests to defy or reward their taste buds further.
Details are unspoken in order to rouse their guests’ expectations and imaginations. Other popular dishes that will leave even an iota of you a wee bit curious is Chandler’s Ahi Quinoa Poke, which boasts sushi grade ahi served on a bed of rainbow quinoa, a Thai chili aioli, cucumber marinated seaweed, lime, and ponzu. The Crispy Shrimp + Calamari is a fan favorite as well, served with blistered local shishito peppers, harissa aioli and cocktail sauce. Arrange an order of these two if you have more space to feed your dastardly appetite.
Native Knowledge: Chandler’s Restaurant is nestled inside Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort. They not only serve delicious food in the restaurant, but they provide hospitable stays at the hotel. You’ll also find Ocean Crest Spa at Cape Rey Carlsbad and make sure to experience their Saturday and Sunday brunch as well. Good food. Great Stay. And a relaxing massage? What more to complete a weekend?
Chandler’s Restaurant at Cape Rey Carlsbad
1 Ponto Rd
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Patio Kobe Burger
September 18: National Cheeseburger Day
Cheeseburgers have a way with our appetite. They are made during Sunday barbecues at the park, Independence Day celebrations, and are an unfailing go-to when we crave something substantial. On September 18, where will you be when you indulge in a juicy cheeseburger? If you haven’t received the memo yet, this day marks National Cheeseburger Day.
There’s no better way to honor National Cheeseburger Day than at The Patio on Lamont. Order the Patio Kobe Burger. This signature burger includes roasted tomato, caramelized onion, rocket arugula, garlic aioli and cheddar cheese oozing gloriously in between two brioche buns. Make this beaut even better by adding house smoked pork belly, avocado and a fried egg for a couple bucks. Having the Patio Kobe Burger at The Patio on Lamont is like having your first shot on your 21st birthday. So, if you’re going to pay reverence to the almighty cheeseburger, don’t bore your taste buds with the usual; stack up!
The Patio on Lamont also offers an attractive selection of wines, with options ranging from sparkling rosé wines to Italian Pinots. For outstanding service and a medley of dishes and cocktails to choose from, head here.
Native Knowledge: Join The Patio on Lamont for happy hour everyday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and enjoy selections like the buffalo chicken sliders, togarashi calamari and ahi poke tacos; and return for a late-night, drinks only happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight. Guests can also take advantage of a free corkage fee every Tuesday for up to two bottles of wine.
The Patio on Lamont Street
4445 Lamont St
San Diego, CA 92109
More Weird Food Holidays
November 17: National Homemade Bread Day
Pan Bon boasts an unruly assortment of homemade bread such as their Ciabatta, Baguette, Grissini, Ciliegina, and Pugliese and more that will flawlessly complement your sub sandwich.
November 28: National French Toast Day
Waypoint is headlining their Pork French Toast. Yep, this brioche bread is dunked in a parmesan black pepper custard, dusted in crushed potato chips, and then griddled golden brown. The unholy lush of this toast is succeeded with an IPA beer cheese, crowned with pulled pork and a fried egg.
October: National Vegan Month
The La Jolla Tender Greens incorporates the hospitality of fine dining and the brevity of service inside a comfortable, casual atmosphere. And the exotic ingredients in the Happy Vegan are both satiating and tasty. Forget the bane of settling with a lackluster bowl of iceberg lettuce; Happy Vegan will certainly liberate the bliss one bite after another!
November 3: National Sandwich Day
Supernatural Sandwiches make ingesting seafood more doable to amateurs and exponentially better tasting for all aficionados. How so? They use local, fresh and sustainable seafood that is crammed and loaded inside freshly baked bread, topping it off with their house-made sauces.
September 13: National Peanut Day
Nomad Donuts’ Maple Peanut Butter Bacon Crueller has bacon and a maple peanut butter glaze and this bad-boy is confected in small batches utilizing real maple syrup and, surprise…PEANUT BUTTER! This year, the geniuses at Nomad’s are brainstorming something special for their customers on this very day!
Where to Treat Your Appetite During Fall Food Holidays
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