Melanie and I were in San Diego for a few days again this weekend past. As we were parked near Balboa Park, we spend a fair amount of time walking around the park and the areas of San Diego adjacent to the park, Cambridge Square, Park Laurel and Bankers Hill.
Wet Stone is located in the Bankers Hill area of town. We walked there intending to fetch a glass of wine after our visit to the Japanese Friendship Garden kinda on our way back to Miranda. After a few glasses sitting in Wet Stone's front window, screened and open to the outside on a fine Southern California winter's day, we decided dinner was in order.
We'd had a big lunch so we choose Wet Stone's Chorizo Bilbao & Achiote Chicken Flatbread. It was more than enough for us to share. I had the remaining piece today for lunch. 😎
Wet Stone is an intimate setting. Chef and owner, Christian Gomez, personally made sure we were well taken care of. It was a great experience. We'll be back.
I found Maestro listed in one of those "Essentials" lists for Pasadena. I've used Eater before with good success, this time being no different.
From the opening cocktails to our shared desert, the meal we enjoyed was a treat. Melanie and I shared two appetizers, Shrimp and Octopus Ceviche and then Calamari; she then had the Free Range Chicken Mole and I had the Braised Short Ribs Burritos; we finished with a nice Tequilla and Cheese Cake.
Great service and food, nice selection of Tequilas, Maestro.
Miranda is currently parked in the All Saints Episcopal Church parking lot in Pasadena, California. We're here for a few days and the location is perfect for exploring Old Pasadena where any number of restaurants, bars and shops are located.
Last evening we had dinner at Ramen Tatsunoya. Best Ramen either of us has experienced to date. Service is great, food was superb.
We arrived at 6:00 p.m. as Tatsunoya was opening and got two of the last few seats available in this smallish 45+/- seat restaurant. It wasn't too long before a line formed outside. It's that good.
Let me say this about the Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub, we enjoyed our meal and no, it was not the best sushi, but it was by far not the worst. Faint praise you may say. Okay.
The restaurant itself was within walking distance of our RV park and seemed to be a magnet for local folks. The place has a nice feel to it, service is good and, when our order was taking a bit too long, the sushi chef sent out a very nice nibble to hold us.
I read a review about Wrench and Rodent from a person called Hateful Harriet during our meal. I can't say it's perfectly accurate of our experience, but Harriet has her points. Nevertheless, I recommend it to you.
Melanie and Steven