Just returned from 4 days in La Jolla. Here is the report: arrived on Saturday (from Georgia); having enjoyed the wonderful "snack" on our flight and due to time difference we were ready to chow at 530; had made reservations at Fresh. (I might add I had tried to do so on line about three days ahead, and received message that times were not available or something so I emailed them and said if they had a cancellation please let me know. My phone rang within ten minutes and reservations were made! Great service.) Although it was cool we sat on the outside patio and asked that the overhead heaters be turned on. Having done some research, my husband ordered the mac and cheese appetizer. My gracious! Do not miss that! It is a meal in itself, and absolutely superb. We spent the rest of the meal trying to figure it out. Very creamy three cheese sauce. I had a beet and spinach salad. We each had a fish entree - the halibut and the mahi. Both were well cooked; everything was excellent.
Sunday we were a the Mission Cup Cafe by 930 and waited about 20 minutes for a table. It was great! I had the eggs with artichokes, and wish somebody would come fix that for me about once a week; I forget what he had, but we were both stuffed and did not eat again until dinner! We had early dinner reservations again - this time at George's. Although we were there at six we were surprised at how full the restaurant was already. I started with a blue chsses souffle with hazlenut crust; it was served on greens with a light vinaigrette. He had the butternut squash soup. I had the evening special, bouillaibasse, and he had the braised short ribs. Mine was excellent but the ribs were incredible. Three pieces on delicious light mashed potatoes. My goodness. The soup was in a very rich, dark broth. I had the cheese plate and he had the citrus napoleon from the tasting menu. All just wonderful, and attentive but not overbearing service. Our waiter was quite knowledgeable about food. Monday morning we ate breakfast at the cottage. The granola, as advertised, is not to be missed. I am not the biggest granola fan in the world, but am seriously considering having it shipped to me. This was a much lighter meal than the one on Saturday; oatmeal pancakes and eggs La Jolla. again, wonderful service. If you can go on a weekday and not a weekend, you will do much better. We did not have to wait at all. We lunched that day at El Indio in San Diego. While not at all what I expected (and half the fun was finding it!) I was glad we went. Counter service; we bought a bag of tortilla chips which were not very good. Help yourself salsa bar; the shredded beef was tender and moist. I may have enjoyed it more if I had been hungry! That evening we ate at Piatti. We did not have reservations, it was packed, but we were immediately seated on the patio. Again, a heater made it the perfect evening. I had the grilled romaine with prosciuto was was great! It was maybe a tad oily, but I would love to have it again. the caesar salad was good as well. One of us ad orecchiette and one had canelloni. Nice sized portions; and the balsamic gelato for dessert was great! The next morning I set out on my own; had lunch at the Cheese Shop across from Piatti; the counter help recommended the pork tenderloin sandwich; I loved it; great potato salad also.
We had a wonderful trip; perfect weather; not a bad meal; I am ready to go back and try some more!