by Erin Chambers - 9246 Reviews - 161 List
San Diego Restaurant Week returns in 2009 with a new, lower-priced menu option. From September 13-18, 2009 hundreds of San Diego's best restaurants will be offering special three-course tasting menus for either $20, $30 or $40 per person. Our intrepid (and very lucky) editor Erin Chambers offers her picks for the best value at each price point:
Updated: September 14, 2009
First-course selections include crispy shiitake and goat cheese wontons and beef short rib gyoza ? yum! For the main course, try the wasabi crusted filet medallions, and for dessert, it has to be Mister Tiki's famous tower of mousses with choices like rocky road and chocolate raspberry.
For all the foodies out there, Christian Graves' menu is THE one to try during restaurant week. They aren't even announcing the details too far in advance because his food is always local, seasonal, and changes often depending on what is the most fresh from the markets.
The three-course dinner menu here for $40 will not dissppoint (especially with items like maple leaf duck breast with peaches, grapes, and lobster mushrooms on the menu), but be sure to check out the newly updated lounge area too, especially Wednesday and Thursday nights when they feature live jazz music.
This is the perfect place to try during Restaurant Week, because getting three courses for $40 is a steal here! The menu sounds divine, with seasonal, summery choices like compressed watermelon salad and raw Australian yellowtail crudo. then for entrees, I'd recommend the prime beef tasting with flat iron, braised short rib, creme fraiche potatoes, baby vegetables.
Our best advice during Restaurant Week: Go places that you wouldn't otherwise try because of the price. Savory is one of those places. To get three courses for $40 here is a great deal, and the menu sounds amazing: Beet salads, scallop risotto with artichokes, crab meat crusted sea bass, duck confit, and a peach fruit crisp (peaches are so good right now!) with vanilla gelato for dessert.