My favorite time of year is upon us! If I lived anywhere else, I would mean the crisp and refreshing drift into Autumn. But I live in San Diego where seasons don’t exist, so I’m talking about Restaurant Week!
I tried to organize a dinner for all of my nearest and dearest, but after many rounds of reservation changes, it ended up being just me and Beau. And we had the loveliest time!
I chose Prep Kitchen because I was blown away on my first visit a year ago, and because they open up their entire menu at a low prix fixe cost instead of just choosing a couple of offerings for each course.
Picking an appetizer was quite a feat. Their menu changes seasonally but currently they have delights like bacon wrapped dates and burrata with figs. But I settled with the steak tartare and did not regret it.
It was very rich and flavorful and went superbly with the buttery texas toast.
Beau sprung for the cheese board, which thrilled me because I love nothing more than food that used to moo and even better, he let me eat half.
We nibbled together on rich cheeses, homemade mustards, pickles, cabernet raisons, walnuts, and seemingly endless other nuggets of joy.
Then our entrees arrived. Salmon for me and duck breast for my pal.
Mine was rich and flakey. It was the compote on his that made it divine.
We did our damage to each and were nearly stuffed when they came to remove our plates. Thank God for my separate dessert stomach! It really saved the day. To miss this budino would have been a real crime.
It was like a brownie with fudge sleeping quietly inside, ready to ooze out and delight with just the right spoonful. Beau went for the cheesecake, which was also fabulous. He let me steal a nibble and it tasted just like the ones I make (an enormous compliment, in case that wasn’t clear.)
It was an amazing spread that delighted with every forkful. Yet another must-try restaurant in San Diego! But make sure to hit the Little Italy version. I’ve tried Del Mar and was less impressed.