Want to try a new restaurant but don’t want to be restricted to a prix fixe menu? Whisknladle has you covered -- their SDRW includes any starter, entree, and dessert on their regular dinner menu, giving you a chance to satisfy your taste buds with the widest possible variety of the restaurant’s specialty items. The rules: Everyone at the table must participate in the SDRW pricing, no splitting, and a 20% tip is automatically added to the check during Restaurant Week.
Order: Charred bone marrow or lamb barbacoa for starters, squash blossom and ricotta ravioli or prime ribeye and frites for entrees, and peach crostata or butterscotch budino for dessert
Cost: $50 for a three-course dinner
It wouldn’t be fitting for San Diego Restaurant Week to ignore our dominant beer culture, so it goes without saying that Nason’s Beer Hall includes an optional beer pairing with its all-American menu. At a measly $20 for three courses and just $10 more for three beers, it’s one of the week’s best values. Don’t miss the Ballpark Pudding dessert: a kitchen sink combo of chocolate pudding, cake crumble, salted caramel, pretzels, peanuts, and whipped cream.
Order: House-made soft pretzel, Nason’s double cheeseburger, and ballpark pudding
Cost: $20 for a three-course dinner, add $10 for optional beer pairings with each course
Situated in La Mesa, Farmer’s Table is a worthy addition to East County’s burgeoning culinary scene. Focusing on their Sicilian roots, they specialize in contemporary takes on time-tested recipes. For SDRW, they will be touting what they do best with a four-course, farm-fresh dinner and optional wine pairing. Outstanding daily pasta choices are an additional $5, and the fish of the day is an additional $10.
Order: Burnt carrot salad, grilled artichoke, Maine lobster ravioli, and limoncello cake
Cost: $40 for a four-course dinner, add $15 for optional wine pairing with each course, daily pasta is +$5, fish of the day is +$10
Encinitas, Gaslamp Quarter
Hungry San Diegans can either make their way north to Encinitas or downtown to the Gaslamp Quarter to indulge in Union Kitchen & Tap’s restaurant week selections -- each location will have a different prix fixe menu. Both venues are stylish, rustic neighborhood haunts, but have their own distinctive personalities. The Encinitas location adds a beverage option to its dinner menu: $20 extra will get you 4-ounce wine pours or 6-ounce beer pours with your courses, and both have optional desserts at lunch for an additional $5-6.
Order: At Encinitas: Union dry-rubbed wings, smoked pastrami sandwich and s’mores pie 3.0 (+$5) at lunch; Hoppin’ John fritters, shrimp and grits, and peach and berry cobbler at dinner; at Gaslamp Quarter: big-eye tuna poké, meatloaf sandwich, and strawberry rhubarb pie (+$6) at lunch; roasted squash salad, duck confit and dumplings, and s’mores pie 3.0 for dinner
Cost: At Encinitas: $15 for a two-course lunch (+$5 for dessert); $40 for a three-course dinner dinner; +$20 optional drink pairing; at Gaslamp: $20 for a two-course lunch (+$6 for dessert); $40 for a three-course dinner