There are some secrets from the kitchen that you are better off not knowing about -- never watch the hard-hitting documentary Waiting... -- but there are other secrets out there you'd be well-served (!) to uncover, specifically, off-menu dishes and drinks that are not only delicious, but will make you look even cooler than that guy from the documentary who looked just like Ryan Reynolds.
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California Burrito Mac and Cheese, Sublime Ale House San Marcos Originally created just for Cinco De Mayo, Sublime Ale House combined a classic comfort food and an SD favorite to make the California Burrito Mac and Cheese, full of carne asada, French fries, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, avocado, and sour cream. It didn’t make it to the menu, but those who know what’s up are still asking for it.
Mozzarella Balloon, BiCE Gaslamp Chef Mario Cassineri of BiCE has a menu full of seasonal fine Italian dishes to sample, but if you want to order like a badass, ask for the mozzarella balloon filled with basil air, served with prosciutto and Caprese salad. Who knew cheese was inflatable? You did, because you ordered it.
The Gosling Tears Shot, Bang Bang Gaslamp The worshipping of Ryan Gosling is not limited to just the ladies room at Bang Bang. True fans are ordering the Gosling Tears shot: Pisco, green Chartreuse, St. Germain, Luxardo Maraschino, lemon, sugar, and a single tear from Ryan.
The Mirv Burger, Maryjane's Gaslamp Named after the much-loved former Hard Rock employee who created it, Maryjane’s will make the Mirv Burger on request, but bring your appetite -- this is a double burger between two grilled cheese sandos made with four kinds of queso and piled with lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles.
Sea Urchin Campechana, Spike Africa's Gaslamp Even though they serve a wide selection of creatures from under the sea, you won’t find sea urchin on Spike Africa’s regular menu. It's only available when chef Paul Rinaudo can get his hands on the freshest of the fresh (we're talking, like, Bel-Air fresh), so ask about the Sea Urchin Campechana, cooked up with shrimp and mango then topped with local uni.