This New Restaurant’s Sustainable Fare and Stunning Ambiance Will Have You Smitten
Everyone relishes a good old-fashioned trip to their favorite chain. Don’t lie—hitting In-N-Out for a juicy double double makes you giddy. And whether we want to admit it or not, us humans love a good drive-thru splurge. But on the other hand, there’s something truly special about a neighborhood nook. From an intimate ambiance to carefully curated menus, local restaurants give our town the charm we all know and love. And while some of these establishments have stood the test of time, we’d like to spotlight one of the newest kids on the block: Verbena Kitchen. Verbena Kitchen North Park
Tucked in the hip and spirited neighborhood of North Park, this new concept on University Ave offers a buzzy spot for brunch, dinner or a crafty after-hours cocktail. The space oozes charm with its crisp white interior and accents of brick, marble and wood. Draping plants hang from mounted shelves along with brassy light fixtures, giving the space a warm, homey feel. “We really wanted the space to feel like you’re dining in Chef Ronnie’s kitchen,” says owner and designer Jillian Ziska of To Be Designed. “The space is designed as if you are looking into his kitchen from the backyard, while the rest of it reflects his home’s cozy courtyard.”
And to nobody’s surprise, the dreamy design has a mouthwatering menu to match. Plates like Peruvian shrimp ceviche, Wagyu beef tartare and deviled eggs decorate the brunch and dinner menus while cocktails like the White Truffle Bloody Mary and Tropical Gin Sour rest easy on the beverage menu. “Chef Ronnie loves to step out of the box, and he’s all about supporting local farmers,” says Ziska. Whether you’re stopping in for a casual brunch or date-night dinner, the attention to flavor, freshness and hospitality come full circle at Verbena Kitchen.
Chef Ronnie Schwandt uses farm-fresh ingredients to create seasonal light bites that’ll leave you satisfied, refreshed and ready to book your next reservation.
White walls, wood floors, brass fixtures and botanical accents combine to create a clean, cozy and charming streetside ambiance with a “home sweet home” feel.
Anywhere you can get a bottle of brut bubbles and OJ for $16 is a score in our book. But in terms of food, plates are shareable and range anywhere from $13 to $20.
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With a seasonal menu, stunning design and cozy cafe ambiance, Verbena Kitchen will be a North Park staple in no time.
3043 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
Photography Provided By: Shay Studios Photography