New, unique in San Diego
The place is Tender Greens in Liberty Station. I'd been told by my date that it was a salad place. Well, yuk, to that. I'm a Texas girl and need a real meal-- but ooooooooooo! What manly salads! What dewy fresh greens! What mouth-singing harmony of flavor and beauty! The first bite transported me to San Francisco. To Sonoma. My Tuna Nicoise Salad -- a mundane name for something so sublime-- was a thoughtful, exciting mixture including a hint of mint. The tuna was impeccable. Fresh, and grilled to perfection. The outdoor dining area is what I've been waiting for in SD: lovely, quiet and beautifully designed. This is an offshoot of an LA restaurant, I learned, opened here by a local chef. The LA sophistication shows: menu, design, quality of ingredients, and damn fine looking men cooking for you. Excellent beer and wine selection. You'll find it behind Trader Joe's in Liberty Station, Pt. Loma. Lots of parking and a lovely place for a stroll or a skateboard ride before or after eating. AND that rarity of all: open all day, 11 - 9 pm, so it's perfect for that late afternoon lunch tryst. My date scored.