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PrepKitchen - Del Mar

Today was the opening day for PrepKitchen in Del Mar on 12th street. Place informal and comfortable, people are UNpretentious--a bonus for Del Mar. Ordered a caesar salad with chicken to go...total came to $14.12. Salad was very good, I'll let you decide if any salad is "worth" $14.12. Good addition to Del Mar, hopefully it will encourage Bully's to call it a decade plus 2 and close up. Look forward to returning and eating in...

I've no affiliation with anyone, heck, no one in Del Mar knows I exist :)

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  1. I've been to the one in la jolla, I find it to be a little expensive for what you get but it's a welcome addition to the area as there is nothing else like it around.

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    1. re: SDGourmand

      We hit up Prep Kitchen Del Mar last night. Overall, a nice addition to the neighborhood, but a little on the pricey side. The restaurant is a few blocks down from 15th street, so parking was not a problem at all. Most of the seating is outside. We were not very close to a heat lamp so it was a little chilly but not unbearable.

      We started with the soup special (chicken and farro) and a beet, avocado and pistachio salad. Both really tasty. The salad portion was pretty small for $7. They were out of a key ingredient for the first entree I ordered (a pasta dish) so the waitress suggested the Niman Hotdog. I decided to give that a try. 10 minutes later she came back to let me know they were out of hot dogs. I ended up with the chicken salad sandwich, which was pretty tasty, but could have used some dijon. Because of the issue with being out of the first two things I ordered, they comped us with a berry bread pudding. I really liked it because it was not too sweet or soggy. I thought that was a nice touch.

      I will definitely be back, but the price point is a little high for the regular rotation.

      1. re: pooch

        I was surprised to see the comments on the price points. The meals I've had a Prep Kitchen match meals I've had a more formal places which would charge more the the exact same item. Perhaps because it's a more casual environment, people expect lower prices. But in four meals I've had there, every one has been spot on and the service is always prompt and friendly.

        1. re: sdnosh

          We were there last night and the cost of a salad and entree were almost the same as Market. A dinner for two of us with splitting a salad and having chicken and fish, no desert, 1 glass of wine each, and coffee came to $100 with tip. Now that's expensive for a casual restaurant. While the ingredients were great and the salad very good, the rest of the meal fell short for $100.

    2. Been going quite often now. I love the BLT and has been my go to sandwich for the last couple weeks.

      1. Will check it out for lunch! Casual good food is my sweet spot, lunch is a plus.

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        1. re: royaljester

          Well I just tried it and it's great. They know how to make a proper Caesar salad, lettuce cut in the right shape and spread evenly with cheeses, and a good dressing. Chicken is extra but it is grilled to order, warm with a fresh thin crisp and light seasoning. It's priced accordingly at $14, so not for everyone I'm sure.

          I also had their soup of the day which was a pea soup with bacon and topped with streaks of seasoned sour cream. Excellent.

          The food is dinner quality at dinner prices, carefully prepared, and the environment is casual and family friendly for lunch. Service is perfect, and I'll be trying out their sandwitches with my kid next time.

        2. $14 for a salad and $100 for 2 entrees and 2 glasses of wine is a joke for a casual restaurant.......especially in this economy. I would rather go somewhere else.

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            1. re: CampySD

              Good question. In the area for decent casual dining I like Miltons, Don Chuy and Pizza Port (great beer and so/so Pizza). That is just in the immediate area. Not many great alternatives but not $14 salad. For that price, I drive to Cass Street Bar and Grill and get the best salad in town.

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              1. re: dbwave

                Never even thought of getting a salad at CSBG - is there one in particular you like?

                1. re: CampySD

                  Really? Their chinese chicken salad has been legend for at least 20 years.

                  1. re: CampySD

                    I been in there over 20 times. Ordering the same thing everytime. Oriental Fish Salad. Greens with mixed vegetables, fried wontons and their salad dressing. Whatever the comes in fresh that particular day they put on the salad. Ahi, salmon, shark, etc. Get that salad, a Boddingtons' on draught and your set!

                    I have heard that steak sandwich is great as well, but I can never talk myself out of this salad.

                    Cheers!

                    1. re: dbwave

                      Thanks guys' - I've always ended up there with younger co-workers/friends for post beach beers and had munchies while playing pool. For bar food, they're definitely a step up, but I'd never considered actually sitting down for food... My mistake, apparently.

                2. re: CampySD

                  So I still have not made it to PK, although it is on my list. I did find a great casual dining experience in the Plaza at Pacifica. We had 2 dirty martinis, seafood pasta and a burger for 37 dollars. The burger had caramelized onions and brie cheese. The pasta had rock shrimp and pesto. Great experience for a "casual restaurant".

                3. re: dbwave

                  I enjoy PrepKitchen and the happy is hour is the more economical route. However, if you have drinks and an appetizer, expect to pay around $100. Unfortunately, affordable casual dining in Del Mar is hard to come by.

                  FWIW, I don't see how Cass Street Bar and Grill is an "alternative" to PrepKitchen in Del Mar!? Although, CSJB has great food, as a North County resident, I'm hard pressed to drive 35 minute to battle PB traffic and parking, simply to have the pleasure of having a drunken Zonie spill his IPA on me. But that's just me, I guess I'm just not a dedicated foodie.

                4. I took a few friends to Prepkitchen today. Loved the view and loved the $3 tapas even more. We basically ordered the entire tapas list. Portions were larger than I expected and everything was delicious. My favorite was the white bean bruschetta and the meateaters in the group really enjoyed the clams with sherrry.I definitely recommend stopping by for their tapas happy hour which I think runs from 3-6 every day (might want to check the website to be sure).

                  1. So I finally made it to PrepKitchen. We had a meat and cheese plate. Very skimpy on the cheese and the meat was ok. Caesar Salad and Quail special. Caesar was ok.....nothing special. Quail same. Two glasses of wine and a beer. We paid $98 with out tip.

                    I really wanted to like this place with all the hype. Food was so/so and the price was outrageous. I won't be going back. Just my 2 cents.

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                    1. re: dbwave

                      I had a similar experience at whiskenladle, I like the idea of the place - but it didn't meet the rants and raves for me. I had been planning to try prepkitchen to give them a second shot, but this just knocked it down a few more spots on my list.