San Diego Restaurant Week – January, 2017

Beginning January 15 and running through January 22, over 180 restaurants throughout the county will be serving three-course, prix-fixe dinners ranging from $20 – $50 and two-course lunches for $10, $15 or $20 per person. Here are my lunch recommendations.

In the $10 category, a personal long time favorite is Spice and Rice in La Jolla. My in-house editor joined me and we had fun sharing the two-course lunch. Our outstanding Thai salad and Golden Moon appetizer was followed by green curry chicken and a hot basil shrimp dish. We treated ourselves to their very own craft Spice and Rice beer, home-brewed by the chef, as well as, homemade mango ice cream (both extra).

For $15, you can’t beat the deal at the iconic Bali Hai on Shelter Island. Family owned for over 60 years, it’s been a constant in San Diego’s restaurant scene. Once again, sharing was in the cards; perfectly prepared spring rolls and a salad with macadamia nuts, goat cheese, seasonal berries and a sensational vinaigrette were our “pupus” selections. Our two entrees were a macadamia-nut crusted grilled fish with pineapple mango chutney and an outstanding albacore poke bowl. Great food, plus a super view. Go!

Commemorating the Girl Scouts 100 year anniversary in San Diego, creative chefs are incorporating Girl Scout cookies into the menus. For more information and to make reservations, logon to

Enjoy the journey….

Howard Hian

Thanks to the various websites for information, photos, etc.

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