Credit: Kambria Fischer

This SD Chef Serves Up His Favorite Spots for Whisky Cocktails, Smoked Meats and Self-Care

From NOLA to North Park, Chef Q Knows Where to Wine and Dine in San Diego

Name: Quinnton Austin San Diego’s Best Food

Job Title: Culinary Director of Louisiana Purchase
Resident of: San Diego
Local Living: 2 years


Show Your Skin Some Love

When it comes to showing love to local businesses, I support them all. One of my favorites is The Formula Skin Lab. Being in the kitchen for so long, my face gets greasy, so I enlist the help of Stephanie J. She’s a pro when it comes to skincare!


In Good Fashion

When I’m craving a really good cocktail, Cowboy Star in East Village gets me everytime. This restaurant and butcher shop serves up American cuisine with a Western flare, and they make a mean old fashioned with Cognac. Not to mention, the steaks are buku flavorful.

EXP 3/7


Meat and Greet San Diego’s Best Food

I love steaks and BBQ, so my go-to spots in San Diego are Cowboy Star and Bowlegged BBQ. Cowboy Star has a Wagyu skirt steak that melts in your mouth, and Bowlegged BBQ is an East Texas-style spot with insanely good ribs! If you call yourself a meat-eater, these two places are a carnivore’s heaven.


Fellow Chef Shoutout

There are so many great chefs in San Diego, but Chef Brad Wise of Trust Restaurant Group has to be one of the best. He owns four restaurants! The growth I’ve seen from other chefs is also amazing, such as personal chef Kelston Moore as well as my guy Chef DuVal Warner of Ranch 45 in Solana Beach.

EXP 10/10


Hometown Getaway

When I need a mini vacation, I love Omni San Diego Hotel. It’s located right next to Petco Park in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, and to be honest, I think it’s the incredible view that gets me. I’ve only stayed here once, and it was when I first came to San Diego. The property is beautiful and helped clear my mind.

San Diego’s Best Food

3 Must-Try Dishes at Louisiana Purchase:

-Alligator Andouille Cheesecake
-Crawfish Monica Ribeye
-Spicy Chicken Skillet 

San Diego’s Best Food

Quinnton Austin

Louisiana Purchase
2305 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

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​Currently based in San Diego, ​Kambria Fischer is a lifestyle photo​grapher known for her impactful​, authentic​ ​imagery​ of lifestyle brands, food, ​people and travel.​​ ​​She holds a ​BA in Journalism​ and Public Relations​​ from CSULB and has an accomplished professional background in the hospitality and tourism industries. You can find Kambria hiking or playing beach volleyball on the weekends and eating tacos almost any night of the week.
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