How San Diego Does Comfort Food
Nov 2nd 2010 10:50AM / by Nanette Wiser
Comfort food is no longer just about chicken soup. According to Flavor & The Menu magazine, we're lusting for blue-plate specials, fried
chicken and hush puppies, sophisticated sausages and hot dogs, sentimental sweets, home-style cooking and handcrafted pub fare. San Diegans embrace
this tradition, but with a twist. We love our mac 'n' cheese, but we want gourmet comfort food: duck mac 'n' cheese from 25 Forty Bistro in Old Town or
Dussini Loft Bar's dish with lobster, shallots, brandy, Dijon and truffle oil (or their parmesan-crusted onion rings, served with sun-dried tomato
aioli). Fickle gourmets, fulfill your Ozzie and Harriet yearnings now.
All American Grill: Wyoming buffalo meatloaf, bacon and corn mashed potato, and red pepper gravy wowed me at All American Grill, as did the bacon-wrapped "Big City Red" hot dog and Minnesota white
bean chili with chicken and cheese.
7510 Hazard Center Drive, Suite 215, Mission Valley; 619-296-9600
Analog: I couldn't stop eating the Twinkie tiramisu, truffled grill cheese, prosciutto mac 'n' cheese, gourmet tater tots done nacho style with cheddar cheese
and bacon-wrapped meatloaf at Analog. 801 5th Ave., Downtown; 619-233-1183
Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant: The food at this bar and restaurant is quirky and satisfying, especially the
buttermilk fried chicken with white cheddar biscuits and pan gravy, deviled farmers market eggs with lemon potato chips, and dark beer battered ling
cod fish and chips.
2202 4th Ave.; 619-231-0222
Quality Social: At Quality Social, go for the crisp pork belly BLT with heirloom tomatoes and
arugula, house-smoked hot dog with homemade condiments, deviled farm eggs, pork rinds with chili pepper, homemade pretzels with cheese sauce and
Stilton blue mac 'n' cheese.
789 6th Ave., Downtown; 619-501-7675
R Gang Eatery: Don't miss the smoked Gouda or sopressata mac 'n' cheese, duck-fat fried tater tots (or the Philly tots stuffed with grilled steak and onions) and
banana s'mores at R Gang Eatery.
3683 5th Ave., Hillcrest; 619-677-2845
Terra Restaurant: At Terra Restaurant, I can't get enough of chef Jeff Rossman's garlic Asiago french fries
with chipotle aioli, the Maine lobster BLT and bacon jalapeño cheese tater tots.
1270 Cleveland Ave., Hillcrest; 619-293-7088
West Coast Tavern: The mac 'n' cheese changes with the chef's whim at West Coast Tavern, and the
chicken and bacon waffle is to live for.
2895 University Ave., North Park; 619-295-1688