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san diego-sevilla, hash house, bertrands, cafe 222

socal boy | Aug 17, 2005 04:36 PM

Visited San Diego for a long weekend. Here is the food report. Stopped by Chino Farms to check out the produce. Everything looked great. The french strawberries were excellent. Small, on the stem, sweet with jammy flavors and a killer aroma. Also got some baby brussel sprouts, haricot vert, pink and orange carrots,heirloom tomatoes. All delicious. On to San Diego were we had dinner at Cafe Sevilla. Highlights of the meal included the garlic soup with a poached egg. This soup gave me garlic breath the rest of the night but it was worth it. Big garlic slices in a tomato broth with the egg and crouton made a good eating combination. It was also burning hot-temperature wise which I appreciated. Had the Tortilla Espanola which is just an egg potato and onion tart but the subtle flavors of each ingredient made the combination work well,excellent. Had the queso fundido which is manchego and goat cheese melted together with toasted bread. Very rich and flavorful. Also had the Linguisa flambee in brandy, Vegetable stew with manchego and the garlic chicken. All were good.
Next morning, headed out to Hash House a Go Go for breakfast. Note: go there hungry, no, make that starving because everything is served in huge portions and bring money too. I had the Sage Fried Chicken benedict with spinich, bacon, tomatoes, cheese, scrambled eggs and a spicy cream sauce. This was awesome. A lot of flavors going on but suprisingly everything tied together pretty well except for the curious fried vermacelli. My SO had the hash special of roast beef, portobello mushrooms, peppers, and onions. The roast beef was more like pot roast which made the dish even better. Also had a watermelon, kiwi, lemonade which looked good and tasted great.
On to dinner at Bertrand's at Mister A's. First off, we ate in the patio and the view was awesome. A little breezy but well placed heat lamps kept the temperature just right. I was little disappointed by the food since this is the offshoot of Mille Fleur. The food the good but not great. However, the service was first class in every respect. Shared the vegetable tempura and corn risotto as our appetizer. The tempura did have some interesting vegetables but was not spectacular. What was spectacular was the side of sweet white corn risotto. If I could have had an appetizer of just the risotto, this would have made an awesome appetizer. Sweet corn in a creamy white sauced risotto, so simple yet bursting with flavor. For the entree, I had the duck breast and duck confit with beans and a gratin. The confit was delicious. Dessert was an apricot cheesecake.
Hopped over to Cafe 222 for breakfast. Had the peanut butter and banana french toast which was pretty good.
Thanks for all tips.

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