So, I hate lists because they force you into one answer to what is more than likely a multiple answer question. On the other hand the questions make you think a lot before answering because you only get one choice.
These are the questions I asked myself pertaining to this last year.
What was the most memorable Meal of 2014?
The four course tasting menu at Perfect Pairing in Carlsbad. I had a lot of great meals in 2014 but this tasting menu and wine pairing was perfect from start to finish.
300 Carlsbad Village Dr. #120
One of the four courses ~ Moonfish (Ono) Almondine.
Anarchy Izakia ~Yakitori Salmon belly w / red miso and Opah “tri tip” in porcini butter.
Favorite Chef: Daniel Pundik ~ Local Tap House
Daniel consistently delivers great food and the little “special items” I get to try are fantastic. His dish “Heirloom Carrot Five Ways” was a favorite of the Chefs’ Dinner in November.
Chef Daniel Pundik ~ Great Chef and goof ball:)
Some of Daniel’s dishes (clockwise left to right) ~ Chicken and Waffles, Fried Green tomato w / Pork belly, Geek Salad, “Blue Collar” Burger.
Daniel’s Heirloom Carrot 5 Ways from the North County Chef’s Dinner.
Runner Up: Beau Bonham ~ Masters Kitchen
Beau is one of the most creative and passionate chefs I know, his desserts are always creative and delicious (and he can hold his own on the savory side too).
Chef Beau Bonham.
Some of Chef Beau’s dishes (clockwise starting upper left) ~ Sorbet Trio, Smoked Butternut Squash Ice Cream, Signature Candy Bar, Pumpkin Cheesecake.
Incredible hole in the wall finds of 2014. ~ Mediterranean Market , Vista
Family run Persian restaurant serving incredibly authentic and delicious food.
1850 Hacienda Drive,
Runner Up: When pigs Fly BBQ ~ vista
Great husband and wife BBQ competition team serving true BBQ attached to a gas station.
When Pigs Fly BBQ
1211 E Vista Way
Vista, CA 92084
My Most Anticipated Opening 2014: BLVD. Chinese Kitchen and Sake Bar
Just opened in time, though I’ve only scratched the surface of what they are doing they hold real promise and we need good Chinese in North County.
BLVD Chinese Kitchen and Sake Bar
514 S. Coast HWY
Things I’m looking forward to in 2015:
The continued growth of the North County food scene, hitting up more hole in the walls : Lebanese in San Marcos (thanks to a follower), Mexican seafood attached to a 7/11 in Encinitas, new Thai in Oceanside strip mall. Throwing more Chef Dinners (maybe even some Iron Chef style competitions.)
Odds and Ends
Best Thai Dishes:
Best Mexican Dishes:
Primo’s Taco Trio Lola’s Carne Asada Mariscos’ Aguachile
Best South American:
Panca Peruvian Cuisine and Rotisserie, Oceanside (try their Peruvian seafood dishes and bring home some Aji sauce it’s the Peruvian Sriracha). Runner up: Sabor De Vida Brazilian Grill, Encinitas (great tri-tip and Brazilian sausage)
Panca’s Tiradito Sabor De Vida’s Sample Plater
Blue Ribbon’s Harvest Pizza Privateer’s Arugula and Proscuitto Pizza
Mission Ave Bar and Grill’s Lamb Burger Red Rooster’s Rooster Burger
TBG BBQ, Oceanside ~ Spicy Wings (hands down), Only others that come even close Mission Ave. Bar and Grill’s Caribbean Jerk Wings
TBG’s Hot BBQ Wings Mission Ave. Bar and Grill’s Jerked Wings
Masters Kitchen and Cocktail, Oceanside~ Any drink hits it out of the park and the whole bar staff knows what they are talking about..
Master’s Basil Lemon Drop. I also highly recommend the “Hot Brazilian Monk” though you really cant go wrong with any of their cocktails. It’s amazing what great product, house made syrups, and know how can produce.
Beer Brewing Company, Oceanside ~ Nano Brewery producing unique and delicious beer.
Best Small Plates:
Solterra, Encinitas ~ Spanish inspired small plates and great wine
Solterra’s Octopus,Mint Fingerling Potatoes Citrus and Harissa Marinated Olives
TBG’s Ribs When Pigs Fly’s Brisket and Pulled Pork
Wrench and Rodent’s Swordfish Belly Land and Water’s Octopus
Best Breakfast / Pastry:
Petite Madeline Bakery, Oceanside
Petite Madeline’s Spinach and feta Croissant Breakfast Sandwich.
Best Coffee and Tea:
I asked a few Others their thoughts on ~Best Meal in 2014? and What you are looking forward to in 2015? I would love to hear feed back from readers too.
Davin Waite: Chef ? Owner Wrench and Rodent Seabbasstropub ~ ” Hard to pick a best meal but when iole at Panca started to work with seafood that comes close.” “Can’t wait to see what this town can become (Oceanside)” “Really looking forward to BLVD opening”
Ryan Jubela: Owner Masters Kitchen `~ “Beer Can Chicken at Mammoth Tavern, Chef Kerry Mechler”, “I am looking forward to the continued growth of restaurants in Oceanside.”
Gumaro Escarcega: Program Manager, Mainstreet Oceanside ~ “My best dish this year is – Rim Talay – Any Curry!!! I can’t have enough of this dish…” Im being bias, but I’m looking forward on downtown Oceanside food scene as it develops in the next few years.”
Mark Millwood ~ Chef / Owner TBG BBQ ~ “Market Restaurant’s Tasting Menu”
Christine Loyola: Chef / Owner Petite Madeline ~ ” I want to see someone do something different not just the same old same old” (note I paraphrased her words.)
Anyway, have a great Holiday season and look forward to any of your answers.