San Diego's Dishcrawl
So, San Diego Food just participated in its first Dishcrawl in North Park last week! What an interesting adventure indeed. For those of you not familiar with the Dishcrawl concept, you basically sign up for $45 and get to go to four separate locations to sample various items on their menu that are pre-selected by each restaurant. There is a Dishcrawl Ambassador (ours was Lindsay!) and she serves as the host and coordinator of the event. Lindsay slowly revealed the locations as the event got closer so there is some element of surprise. You start at one location and you "crawl" to the next location. Each restaurant gave a little description about the food being prepared and the concept behind the restaurant itself.
The first stop was Alexander’s on 30th. If you haven’t ever been here, they have a signature white design and style that can’t be missed upon entering the restaurant. Their pizzas and pastas are excellent. They provided two separate pizzas to sample along with some bruschetta and a crab-stuffed mushroom. One of the pizzas served was the pesto, chicken, and elephant garlic pizza that I’ve tried before and love to order. I highly recommend trying Alexander’s if you haven’t already.
Sea Rocket Bistro is right across the street from Alexander’s and features fresh seafood on their menu. They prepared a cooked oyster with romesco sauce and chiles, a sardine, and a local yellowtail fish taco. The sardine was a daring offering for such a large group but the fish flavor wasn’t as bold as it may look and had a little crisp to the skin while not being too fishy. The bones were hard to avoid and we noticed people had trouble maneuvering around them. There aren’t too many restaurants that serve a sardine like this and appreciate Sea Rocket sharing what a nice sardine could taste like. Personally I enjoyed the oyster the most out of the three and dug the spicy aftertaste. As far as the taco goes, the tortilla flavor was just too strong for me and overpowered the great fish product.
It was a little hard to nudge our way to the food this time so Michael and I used this opportunity to recharge and didn’t get a chance to try the five spiced wings or the bacon and blue cheese flatbread. But we heard from other crawlers that the wings were quite tasty.