Anything new & wonderful in La Jolla or San Diego?
We will be in La Jolla attending a matinee performance and are looking for something new and wonderful. We love George's and Tepanade, but would like something new. Only caveat...doesn't have to be quiet, but please not overly noisy...we hate shouting to be heard!
Given the OPs reply on Whisk 'n Ladle, probably not the atmosphere they are looking for as they pipe pretty loud blues and classic rock music. We have eaten there twice and the food is solid. Very unusual flavors for San Diego being that is very Southern with little hint of Cajun. Happy hour is a good deal but ends fairly early at 6pm. Seems to be struggling, on weekend night 2 weeks ago I saw diners at only 2 other tables.
had dinner a few weeks ago at Aquamoree w/ a friend. Shared several apps and the small version of their short ribs.
orange cornbread muffins are very good, nice and orange-y, although I'd prefer a slightly more savory cornbread, but I am being picky.
pomme frites were excellent, a close 2nd to Cafe Chloe's frites, although I think Chloe's aiolis are better and not as thick.
buttermilk fried onion rings were decent but nothing particularly special. I was hoping for a more seasoned batter.
mushrooms were very tasty, definitely much better than Costa Brava's mushrooms.
grilled asparagus salad was a nice blend of tart acid and smokiness.
vegetarian mac and cheese was pretty good, although the tortilla chips didn't add anything to it. I would have preferred bread crumbs b/c the chips got rubbery from the moisture. Donovan's mac and cheese was more satisfying.
beef short rib was very, very good. falling off the bone tender. the green beans were very, very delish, as was the horseradish mash.
we were too full for dessert.
service was friendly, attentive and not intrusive and gave us extra muffins w/ our leftovers. :-) they let us hang there for a good 2.5 hrs w/o rushing us out the door. we went on a Saturday night around 6 pm and there were only 4 other tables that were occupied. definitely not noisy at all! For what the 2 of us paid, I thought it was a very good deal for the quality and amount of food.
I would definitely return and try the rest of the menu.
721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101