3rd Corner's Ed Moore Picks the Best Food and Wine in San Diego
Oct 15th 2010 2:05PM / by Nanette Wiser
Before the San Diego culinary scene exploded, Ed Moore was racking up Wine Spectator awards for his cellar and Zagat points for his continental cuisine. He's since launched the San Diego Celebration of Chefs, opened coastal cuisine hot spotNick's At The Beach and his beloved 3rd Corner Wine Store & Bistro, first in Ocean Beach (2000), then in Encinitas (2008), and just this fall, Palm Springs. "Encinitas is the hot spot, and it's cougar heaven at the bar on weekends," he says. "There's a wait list still at 11pm since we serve food late." One of the best known restaurateurs, Moore is both chef and wine muse, a fan of down-home dishes and sophisticated Euro-fare. Here we talk to him about his favorite places to wine and dine -- and get the scoop on the culinary scene in San Diego.
The "now" hot spot: "I'm excited about what's going on with the old Thee Bungalow remodel by the Cohn group and Felipe, who designed the French Side of the West. There's even going to be a pizza oven outside."
Best inexpensive wine: "(Wine) used to be just for snobs and those with money. Now you can get absolute bang-for-the-buck wines under $20 that drink great. We're seeing a
whole new generation of wine collectors and consumers. We change up our wine by the glass menu because people always want to find the new hot thing. 3rd Corner sells a Rhone 94 for $16.80, Jordan Chardonnay for $17 and a California meritage, Eponymous
for $21, a serious wine with a long finish, very complex and delicious."
How he stays fresh: "Travel, wine tours, reading my cookbooks and magazines. I'm taking my staff to Paso Robles next, that should get the culinary juices flowing."
• Anna Maria Beach Cottages
• Epic Hotel Miami
• Los Cabos Resort
• Crystal River, Florida
• Sanibel Beach Resort, Florida
• Sonoma Mission Inn
• San Diego Beer Week
• The Old Globe Theater
• Newport Jazz Festival
• Clearwater Jazz Festiva